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Old 11-04-2012, 06:29 PM
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3 Types of power supply, which to choose?

My budget is $150, don't need anything too flash but don't want something crappy. I asked a little while ago about power supplies and got some useful information, just narrowing down possibilities. I know that deep cycle is preferred.

I found three types and wanted to ask your recommendations.

I do like the plug into wall method because the area I set my scope up in my garden isn't too far from a main power point inside my house and can easily run a 5 meter cable but having portable power could come in handy in the future!

Preferences.
Budget: Under $150
Type preferred: I do like plug into wall but wouldn't mind a portable.
Usage: Between 2-4 hours in one night.

Jumpstarter.
http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/onl...61#Description

Portable deep cycle
http://www.bintel.com.au/Accessories...oductview.aspx

Plug-into-wall method
http://www.bintel.com.au/Accessories...oductview.aspx

Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:53 PM
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Plug into wall is a lot cheaper than the one from Bintel (sorry Bintel).
http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView...UBCATID=999#12

I say, get the jump starter it is cheaper and is the same as the more expensive Bintel power solution (sorry again Bintel).

If you get the jumpstarter then get this one from Jaycar
http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/onl...33#Description

Also what you call portable deep cycle is not deep cycle but just a sla (sealed lead acid) battery like the ones in the jumpstarters.

So get the jump starter and be happy
Or get the jump starter now and a separate plugin power supply later like the one from Jaycar and use that when you have 240V available.
Batteries can be charged about 350 to 400 times and then they loose capacity.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:19 PM
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I bought this one for $150 from Jaycar and it seems to be good for light use I have a Celestron 5se mount and a acer netbook that runs on the 400watt inverter.

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Old 11-04-2012, 07:36 PM
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G,day Stefan, I,ve used the 12a regulated supply for about 3yrs, always been reliable and trouble free. I can faithfully recomend it,Neil.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:58 PM
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[QUOTE=mill;840879]Plug into wall is a lot cheaper than the one from Bintel (sorry Bintel).
http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView...UBCATID=999#12

I say, get the jump starter it is cheaper and is the same as the more expensive Bintel power solution (sorry again Bintel).

What is the difference between that one and this one.

http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView...UBCATID=999#12
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:01 PM
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The difference is 8Amps so you can use some dew heaters etc.



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Plug into wall is a lot cheaper than the one from Bintel (sorry Bintel).
http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView...UBCATID=999#12

I say, get the jump starter it is cheaper and is the same as the more expensive Bintel power solution (sorry again Bintel).

What is the difference between that one and this one.

http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView...UBCATID=999#12
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:05 PM
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Yep. What else would I need such as cables?


[QUOTE=mill;840942]The difference is 8Amps so you can use some dew heaters etc.



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Old 11-04-2012, 09:51 PM
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If you run short cables then you can use normal loud speaker cable or any cable with a black and red sheeting so you will know what is positive and what is negative.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:50 PM
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Looking at them more closely im starting to lean towards the jump starter!

Can I get away with this one instead of the 1200 one you provided?

http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/onl...33#Description

I want to spend as little as possible, will only be powering my scope as I will be running my laptop/tablet of battery,
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:43 PM
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Yes that one is ok for what you use it for.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:51 PM
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If you are in the back graden, just plug into the wall, and get this:
http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView...BCATID=1000#12''

$30 and it works like a charm.
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Went to Supercheap auto and found the one im after.

The cables it came with can I use them?

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Old 13-04-2012, 04:57 PM
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Went to Supercheap auto and found the one im after.

The cables it came with can I use them?

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Old 13-04-2012, 05:00 PM
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yes Warren I seen these in Jacar 1 week after buying this one from Super Cheap the Jacar one is a good buy , oh well that happens.
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I bought this one for $150 from Jaycar and it seems to be good for light use I have a Celestron 5se mount and a acer netbook that runs on the 400watt inverter.

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Old 20-04-2012, 06:18 PM
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yep sure can , see my last post . Mine lasts for nights and nights of continual use .
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Looking at them more closely im starting to lean towards the jump starter!

Can I get away with this one instead of the 1200 one you provided?

http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/onl...33#Description

I want to spend as little as possible, will only be powering my scope as I will be running my laptop/tablet of battery,
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Old 21-04-2012, 04:37 PM
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Alright, I have been running around getting ideas, would like to share with everyone here.

Went to JayCar and asked them if they had something like this.
http://www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk/...er_Supply.html

They did and it was $60 and i still needed to purchase another cable.

Went to Supercheap, saw the $90 jump starter (yellow one), but also saw this one (see image below). Originally $50, and it was on special down to $30. Was tempted to get it but would now love to use the mains power and not worry about charging and caring for the battery.

I would love to grab this one though, http://www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk/...er_Supply.html

Heres one on ebay, http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AC-POWER-...ht_2403wt_1297
But it's US voltage and plug and all that crap.

Can I grab one of these cords somewhere for a realistic price?

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Old 22-04-2012, 08:16 PM
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Stefan , this model has no cigrette /power plugs . OUCH>be very careful here . Its probably a great battery , but not for what we will use them for ?? .

The yellow CSA 900 amp has 2 sockets and a light ,, , and is the way to go mate , for our mounts , and will run a few extras . .
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Old 23-04-2012, 05:10 PM
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Brian & Stefan

Take a look at this powertank aka jumpstarter

http://catalogues.repco.com.au/offer...urce=catalogue

It is currently on special until the end of April at Repco

I haven't physically seen it for myself but it will give 12V with the same 600Amp and I "think" it has the all important cigarette socket on the side of the unit which would appear to solve the shortfall of the one you saw at supercheap for $30 but didn't appear to have the cigarette socket. It also has a little light to boot on the front!

It probably wouldn't be enough to run multiple devices but for something that is small, easily portable and will run a mount for a few hours maybe it might be okay????

Brian - let us know what you think
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Old 23-04-2012, 07:17 PM
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Ended up getting the yellow one from supercheap auto!
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