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Author Topic: Battery source for HT during long-term power outag  (Read 607 times)
KB3KYO
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« on: May 31, 2004, 04:48:15 PM »

I'm looking to get a power source to run my 2m/440 Icom HT during a longer-than-normal power outage (say 3-4 days).

I'd like something that's easy to charge back up... would one of those plug-in car starter batteries work well?  (The ones that you would normally plug into the ligher socket to start the car with a dead battery).

Also, anyone have experience with solar recharging?  That might be a good addition too.
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KE4SKY
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2004, 08:28:23 AM »

There is alot of discussion of this in the Emergency Commnications Forum, you may want to review the archives there.
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N2KPE
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2004, 01:39:17 AM »

Check out those Jump Starter battery packs in Auto Zone, Pep Boys or whatever. They come in various amp-hour ranges (sizes?). I have one that is easy to carry and has a 14 amp-hr battery, seperate wall charger, cigar socket outlet and runs my H/T forever (almost). Cost me around $80.00 (U.S.) I would NOT pay extra or limit battery size by purchasing one with a built-in air compressor.
Good luck.  
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2004, 04:23:00 AM »

go to the web site solar sense and invest in their solar power supplies that gave a built in cigarette lighter and jumper cable
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2004, 09:56:52 PM »

Hello.
I have a deep cycle marine battery, a Jump start battery the $25.00 model and a large Sealed Lead acid battery with a trickle charger.

I have been also working on Windchargers, and I have a prototype charger made from a exescise bike and a PM DC motor that can run my Yaesu FT-50R Via my 5 year old for several minuits. I hav run it on the air for several hours in this mode.

73s.
Tracy.
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