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Author Topic: Portable Power Packs  (Read 292 times)
N0JS
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« on: December 22, 2002, 05:55:00 PM »

I have started looking at 12 volt rechargeable portable power packs.  Many of these are advertised as emergency automobile jump starters.  Some even have inverters to switch 12 volts to 110 volts.  I am wondering how well these work for amateur back up power and what features I should look for on these units.  Also, where are some places with good prices to purchase these from?
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RAD1OMAN
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2002, 08:46:27 PM »

I found my 12v pack with jumper cables and 110/12v inverter at BigLots... fall out of the big Y2K non-event.
I have seen them in QST (twice what I paid at Big Lots!)... I would check SAM's Club if you are a member or Harbor Freight.
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N6YMA
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2002, 10:47:44 PM »

It depends on what you want to power, and for how long. If you're talking about running an HT, it will probably work fine. If you're talking about powering your shack on an emergency basis you might want to look into deep cycle batteries. I have two 105AH deep cycle batteries that I keep charged. We recently lost power for three days as the result of a major storm (80+mph winds!). I ran the shack (HF, VHF/UHF, packet TNC and second VHF radio) and re-charged my cellphone as well, all from the batteries!

73, Bob N6YMA
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