Radio Shack 12vdc Cigarette Lighter to Banana Jacks Adapter - RC Groups
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Oct 24, 2005, 04:25 PM
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Radio Shack 12vdc Cigarette Lighter to Banana Jacks Adapter

This converts the cigarette lighter in your car to banana jacks. Could I use it to safely power my Hobbico MKII charger?

My battery packs are 7-cell 8.4v 1150mah NIMH's, and I charge them usually at the 0.8A setting. So even if I were to charge both at the same time, my total power draw would be less than 2A. Should my cigarette lighter (and car battery) be able to handle this?
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Oct 24, 2005, 05:05 PM
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That will work just fine.

Oct 24, 2005, 05:39 PM
no wings any more, just dust!
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having seen it, it converts ur hobico to something along the lines of my ansmann unit battery charger from the cig lighter of the car
Oct 24, 2005, 06:22 PM
Oldie but goodie
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Gadget Shack (Radio) also sells a lighter plug that you can wire up yourself, then add whatever connector you need on the other end. I have one of my older chargers set up this way.

12VDC Cigarette Lighter Adaptor Plug
Last edited by Popsracer; Oct 24, 2005 at 06:27 PM.
Oct 24, 2005, 06:43 PM
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Just got back from there now...picked up the 12vdc adapter with banana jacks (Radio Shack #270-1521) for $7.99. Should do the trick. Planning to keep the amp load on it down to a minimum though, so as to not fry my cigarette lighter wiring.
Oct 24, 2005, 07:46 PM
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OK, I tested out my MKII with the Radio Shack adapter. Charged up one of my 7-cell 1150mah packs to its peak. Worked perfectly, with no noticeable drain on the car battery. It started right up as usual, but I did let the engine run for a few minutes afterward to let the alternator restore any used amps. Even so, I really can't see that the charger used any more power than simply listening to the radio would have done (probably less).

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