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#1 xonefs

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Posted 23 May 2023 - 09:40 AM

Looking for one or two of these that max out the extended airline size. Most airlines allow 2 batteries up to 160 WH. So something small, fast charging, maxes capacity, and not overpriced to put in a carryon. Surprisingly it's hard to find anything exactly at the 160 wh max size and a lot on amazon is smaller, too big, or too bulky. need 12v (13-14v) out. 

 

 

omni makes one that looks nice but way overpriced at $399

 

 

this is closest ive seen but still looks a bit bulky for the capacity:

 

https://www.amazon.c.../dp/B0BFQXPFR2/


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Posted 23 May 2023 - 10:23 AM

The page is a bit tricky it says 150W output but 115Wh capacity.



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Posted 23 May 2023 - 10:28 AM

Could you ship the batteries to your destination and meet up with them there? 



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Posted 23 May 2023 - 10:46 AM

Could you ship the batteries to your destination and meet up with them there?


No- I would just buy a deep cycle agm bat from walmart and leave it there if I really needed but I have use for a small 12v power source anyway if I am just powering my am5 for solar or my smaller tracker (lightrack ii)

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Posted 23 May 2023 - 11:22 AM

I have this one.  It's 142WH and very affordable.  https://www.amazon.c...duct/B07H8F5HYJ

 

I just returned from a dark sky imaging trip to New Mexico this weekend and had it in my carry on bag.  I didn't have any problems.



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Posted 23 May 2023 - 01:16 PM

I’ve had pretty bad experience with talentcell- I had a different small one and it never worked properly and held charge and is completely dead now

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Posted 24 May 2023 - 06:21 AM

Ouch.  I hope that's not my experience.  I've only had mine for about three weeks.



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Posted 26 May 2023 - 11:53 AM

I use a Goal Zero Sherpa 100 AC (Previous Generation) Portable Power Bank, available from Amazon, as backup for my RST-135E when mains fails.



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Posted 26 May 2023 - 12:27 PM

I use a Goal Zero Sherpa 100 AC (Previous Generation) Portable Power Bank, available from Amazon, as backup for my RST-135E when mains fails.

95WH... doesn't max out the 160 WH limit



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Posted 26 May 2023 - 01:38 PM

I carry 2 of these on carry on bags.
https://www.bioennop...lack-w-pvc-pack



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Posted 27 May 2023 - 09:14 AM

I found a 12v 12Ah LifePO4 battery from Amped Outdoors which I discussed several times  here, here, here, here.

 

Not offered by Amped' any more although I did find a possible retailer here and there may be others.

Haven't flown with the batt box yet so the jury is still out.



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Posted 27 May 2023 - 09:41 AM

I have these two.  First one can be carried on without permission from the airlines.  2nd one is just under the 160 wH limit, with airline's permission.  Both have worked well, although I've only had them a couple of months.  All lithium batteries must be carried on, you cant put them into checked luggage, according to TSA regulations.  

 

https://www.amazon.c...oduct_details  

 

https://www.amazon.c...product_details


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Posted 27 May 2023 - 11:38 AM

"Airline permission" was a bit of a misnomer for me.  Southwest said I didn't need permission and just to go ahead and take it in my carry on.

 

Also, it seems to me that a powercell which has AC outets is less than ideal.  You're going to plug an AC inverter into that outlet to convert it back to DC anyway.  That's why I like my TalentCell.  It provides a 2.1mm DC jack and I go straight into my ASIAir with it.

 

Edit: I just noticed the Apowking unit has a 2.1mm DC output so... waytogo.gif


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Posted 27 May 2023 - 12:21 PM

Yes, the permission thing was a bit confusing you don't need permission to take 2 160 wh batteries

 

the only reason I don't want AC outlets is the extra space/weight of an inverter would prefer less bulky


Edited by xonefs, 27 May 2023 - 12:22 PM.


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Posted 27 May 2023 - 05:55 PM

I was more concerned with what TSA said about the power bank, not necessarily the airline.  I got through with my 100 wh without a problem but they pulled me aside because I had my counterweight in my carryon.  They said it could be considered a weapon but let me go through.  Apparently, it was considered a "grey area" but I already had enough weight (46 lbs) for my checked baggage.  Live and learn.  blush.gif



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Posted 27 May 2023 - 06:22 PM

Maybe this one https://www.celestro...#specifications

 

I have the smaller 7Ah model since a year or so and so far no complains.



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Posted 27 May 2023 - 06:26 PM

Maybe this one https://www.celestro...#specifications

 

I have the smaller 7Ah model since a year or so and so far no complains.

hmm that actually is closest to meeting specs and lifepo4 is a bonus as well

 

 

anyone use this?

 

just wish it wasn't so cheap looking. they managed to make the case look like an actual toy or something you would find at walmart, yet it is pretty expensive for what it is. 


Edited by xonefs, 27 May 2023 - 06:27 PM.


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Posted 27 May 2023 - 06:35 PM

Oh, well, the small one is rubber-y and plastic-y but surprisingly though and rather impervious to damp and wet.

However, were I planning the trip of my life I would opt for a Tracer battery even if this means losing a bit of Ampere (they have 4, 8 and 10 Ah: the best you can made is getting both the smaller units but depending on your setup this split may be not ideal).



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Posted 16 June 2023 - 05:30 PM

I would settle for any decently priced option above 100wh for now that meets specs



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Posted 18 June 2023 - 05:27 AM

https://www.amazon.c...duct/B07H8F5HYJ



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Posted 18 June 2023 - 11:01 AM

A search for "1270 size12ah LiFePO4 battery" turned up some contenders through I only found one close to the same dimensions as the old lead 1270 I had been using to fit in my battery box.



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Posted 18 June 2023 - 02:38 PM

Best I’ve found is the Fox Halo 48k 153.6Wh LiFePO4.  It’s for Fishing but has nearly all the functionality of the Celestron power tank pro and just about the same rating but is missing the jack socket DC output.  Crucially it doesn’t attract the dreaded Astronomy tax so is very reasonably priced.  Fox also do another version called the 96k which has two Car cigarette lighter sockets rather than one.  Both are also rechargeable via USB-C (bi-directional port) - potentially one could be charged from another thereby doubling capacity (and still be below the 160Wh); I’ve not checked this yet.  They are available in the UK but I’m not sure about globally, worth checking though.

 

The Rolls of Astro power banks is still the 158Wh Celestron Power tank pro Lithium as it just ticks all the boxes and works very well (but is easy to leave behind :( )

 

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Posted 18 June 2023 - 04:35 PM

Can't argue with Robert' Power Tank Pro find from Celestron as long as it performs, being emptied, and time to fill up.  Cycle life is another story.



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Posted 18 June 2023 - 09:58 PM

Best I’ve found is the Fox Halo 48k 153.6Wh LiFePO4.  It’s for Fishing but has nearly all the functionality of the Celestron power tank pro and just about the same rating but is missing the jack socket DC output.  Crucially it doesn’t attract the dreaded Astronomy tax so is very reasonably priced.  Fox also do another version called the 96k which has two Car cigarette lighter sockets rather than one.  Both are also rechargeable via USB-C (bi-directional port) - potentially one could be charged from another thereby doubling capacity (and still be below the 160Wh); I’ve not checked this yet.  They are available in the UK but I’m not sure about globally, worth checking though.

 

The Rolls of Astro power banks is still the 158Wh Celestron Power tank pro Lithium as it just ticks all the boxes and works very well (but is easy to leave behind frown.gif )

 

Robert

that fox looks good, if only I could get it in the US

 

international shipping would put it close to the $250 celestron mark


Edited by xonefs, 18 June 2023 - 10:01 PM.


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Posted 19 June 2023 - 02:51 AM

The Fox, like others, is only a rebadge of a generic Chinese made model that seems to be available on Aliexpress.  I’m sure there must be suppliers in the US somewhere.  The larger Fox unit looks the same as that from Starizona so they are definitely being imported.

 

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