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Using a small ATV battery to power batteries

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#1 Claus Stuhlweissenburg

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 08:46 PM

Working on a job in a fairly remote location and need a source to recharge my batteries. I have seen audio and video village use the types of batteries they use on snowmobiles and ATV's to power their gear. Was wondering what I would need in order to power my battery chargers. Any help is much appreciated.
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#2 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 09:42 PM

You will need an inverter in order to plug your charger into them. The main problem with most inverters is that they have an auto cutoff built in to keep you from draining a car battery below where it will start. This keeps you from getting full use out of the battery. Never tried to source one without that feature but I am sure it is possible.

There is also a company that makes a nice battery pack on wheels with a built in inverter. I believe they sell them at frys. They make all different sizes and the price isn't too bad if I remember correctly.

Unfortunately I don't think anton bauer makes a 12v charger but im not sure about IDX, etc...

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#3 Janice Arthur

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 08:33 AM


Its been my experience that going from DC to Inverter to DC is not very efficient.

So I would suggest buying a small portable generator, they have inverters in them to create AC and you can charge your batteries. They are very slick, suprisingly small and quiet. Take a gas can and you're all set.

They are not horribly expensive, 800-1k around here and you can probably rent it to the production since the ACs are going to have to charge their batteries too.

Check out ouput specs on it and make sure its got the right amount of power but it should easily power your charger.

I've wanted one for a long time, but so far haven't had the need.

Audio and video use car batteries/ATV batteries as their main power and are not recharging other batteries with them. They use a relatively small draw so they last a long time. The batteries also cheap enough to have more than one and lastly they just put it back in their car and recharge it.

One other idea that is probably best; use your own car as a charger. Buy a DC to AC inverter, get the cigarette lighter plug to power it and charge your batteries off of that. Then you are charging your batteries off of the car battery with no fuss for a very cheap cost. Hopefully you are close to your car in this location?

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