Car battery as power source
Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:36 PM
Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:57 AM
What kind of equipment you need to power?
Will you be imaging?
How many nights without access to power?
This would help to determine your power requirements.
Is it possible to rent a Prius or other hybrid or EV vehicle? They have huge batteries built in. I read that someone used his Prius for a while after loosing power after Sandy.
Another idea is: Walmart has very cheap batteries:
- Tractor battery, around 25AH for $25
- Marine battery, ~100AH, ~$70
Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:22 PM
Thank you for all the input and ideas. The past week was very busy at work so I didn't have a chance to dream about remote places or check the forum. The next couple of weeks will be more quiet and I can explore the ideas that you gave me on this thread.
I am leaning towards some kind of rechargable duracell pack or jumpstarter pack bought after arrival. Or an inexpensive lead-acid battery.
I will have to power a modified Super Polaris mount with CG-ASGT motors and electronics and will have a Mallincam and a still imaging camera with me. Only one of the cameras will be used at any one time. I also have a 7" LCD monitor and a recording device. No computer. As mentioned earlier, a 17 Ah powerpack lasts through the night but gets pretty much depleted. So that's how much energy I need for each of the 7 nights.
I will post my experiences as a conclusion of this thread after I return. No posting means that my solution was not adequate, I depleted my car battery and am stuck watching stars until the end of the universe...
Not a bad prospect at all!
Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:51 AM
Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:57 AM
Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:35 PM
If the link doesn't work, search koolatron web site. I don't know what you are powering but I use one off of my car battery running due heaters. I used the device for about five years with the same battery with no problems. The unit will turn on with engine running voltage,after it turns on, turn off the engine and run your devices.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:43 PM