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Old 11 May 2007, 17:44   #11
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Just took my rechargable torch apart.

The battery is 6Ah. It was a bargain! And came with a mains charger.

Great idea Cods!
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Old 11 May 2007, 18:06   #12
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Just took my rechargable torch apart.

The battery is 6Ah. It was a bargain! And came with a mains charger.

Great idea Cods!
Make sure it's 12 volt though - most of the spotlamps are only 6v.

I found this out when my battery died in my lamp - it was cheaper to buy a new lamp - still doesn't feel right just chucking it away though!!!
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Thanks all for your time and advice. My minds made up, i`m going for a small battery, i didn`t really want to carry around the extra weight of a bigger marine/car one that is not needed.
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I ran a 14' Achilles/Honda 40 driving a FF and a GPS off a tractor/garden battery. The battery itself cost about $35 at a home center (OSH, as I recall), and would run the electronics all day on the hook and still have enough to start the motor at the end. It's a little larger than a motorcyle battery (maybe twice the size?) but was right for the price.

I also found out (don't ask how) that the battery works fine while submerged in seawater.

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Jump start packs can often be cheaper as I said - you can either dismantle them to get at the battery or leave it as it is. Weight is a pretty good indicator as to the size of battery.
Thinking about a small battery too and fancied the SLA ones mentioned. Then saw the price of the chargers. Twice the price of the battery. Of course I've got a shed load - well, three old fashioned (30 yrs old) chargers, but I think they'll knacker the SLA types. Am I right? Anybody know?

Jump start pack seems the way to go - unless I can find a good torch cheaper. Screwfix one's got a flourescent light too.
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Thinking about a small battery too and fancied the SLA ones mentioned. Then saw the price of the chargers. Twice the price of the battery. Of course I've got a shed load - well, three old fashioned (30 yrs old) chargers, but I think they'll knacker the SLA types. Am I right? Anybody know?

Jump start pack seems the way to go - unless I can find a good torch cheaper. Screwfix one's got a flourescent light too.
SLA's will actually accept a higher charging voltage than a normal lead acid. Just watch the output current doesn't exced about 10 - 20% of the capacity. For example a 10ah battery should only be charged at about 1 amp. Car chargers are usually more than this.

Lidel had a good 12v sla charger for about 6 the other day.

Of course if you buy a jump start pack it will also have the charger with it!!!
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