AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by Chris Grosenheid » Wed, 23 Jun 1999 04:00:00



I was wondering if anyone knows of a AC/DC Peak charger that can be
plugged into a car's cigarette lighter.  I have a old 15 minute timer
ProTech Super Charger that does this, but it is kind of a pain to
watch for the first 15 minutes to come up so I can put it back on for
another 10 to get closer to a full charge.

I've seen the Einstein, SuperBrain, and Piranha AC/DC peak chargers,
but they only have the clips for DC as far as I know.  I want
something in their price range, because I don't have alot of money to
spend.  I am not really into racing, so it doesn't have to be fancy.
It just has to be something I can plug into my car's lighter so I can
bash around the park with a few buddies.

Is there a way to rig the Einstein, SuperBrain, or Piranha to plug
into a cigarette lighter.  I am no electrician, but if someone has a
suggestion that would be cool.

Thanks for the help,
   Chris

 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by Dere » Wed, 23 Jun 1999 04:00:00


It seems to me that you could cut the lighter adapter off of the old
charger and wire it to a new charger taking into account + and - of
course.
You also should be able to buy a lighter adapter at an auto parts store
that you could wire on. I don't think that it would cause any problem,
seems like 12 volts either way. Hope it helps and let us know what
happens.
 Elfin, As always a little Awed.
Quote:

> I was wondering if anyone knows of a AC/DC Peak charger that can be
> plugged into a car's cigarette lighter.  I have a old 15 minute timer
> ProTech Super Charger that does this, but it is kind of a pain to
> watch for the first 15 minutes to come up so I can put it back on for
> another 10 to get closer to a full charge.

> I've seen the Einstein, SuperBrain, and Piranha AC/DC peak chargers,
> but they only have the clips for DC as far as I know.  I want
> something in their price range, because I don't have alot of money to
> spend.  I am not really into racing, so it doesn't have to be fancy.
> It just has to be something I can plug into my car's lighter so I can
> bash around the park with a few buddies.

> Is there a way to rig the Einstein, SuperBrain, or Piranha to plug
> into a cigarette lighter.  I am no electrician, but if someone has a
> suggestion that would be cool.

> Thanks for the help,
>    Chris


 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by Tom » Wed, 23 Jun 1999 04:00:00


(*SNIP!*)

Quote:

> Is there a way to rig the Einstein, SuperBrain, or Piranha to plug
> into a cigarette lighter.  I am no electrician, but if someone has a
> suggestion that would be cool.

Any charger can be rigged to plug into your cigarette lighter socket,
however you are quite limited to your charging current by the electrical
system in your car.  Most sockets have a low ampere fuse, and wimpy
wiring, so you can't charge very quickly.

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AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by adria » Wed, 23 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Popping open the hood and going directly to the battery is also an
option....
I think it'd make more sense to just drag a long a 12v dc battery and not
risk draining your car battery
 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by Dennis Clar » Wed, 23 Jun 1999 04:00:00


: Popping open the hood and going directly to the battery is also an
: option....
: I think it'd make more sense to just drag a long a 12v dc battery and not
: risk draining your car battery

  I've used both.  I use the cig lighter when I have the urban ***
vehicle and I just put everything inside.  With the car I pop the hood.
Either one is a crappy connection for a 4Amp circuit...
I've charged 5 1700's and four 1400s in a day on either car without ever
starting it up and never even had a low battery.

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AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by Sandy J » Wed, 23 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Get a cigarette lighter replacement plug and wire it on... (I see
someone else explains this in another post...)  Or get some high grade
r/c battery connecters (I guess any 2-prong automotive connector will
work... just make sure they'll handle the amp load) and run a lead off
the back of the cigarette lighter socket... a snap-lock type plug is
best.  I used to have a station wagon converted into a mobile r/c shop
and the lighter plug never made good contact with the socket... even
after buying brand new plug and socket!!!  Amazing tip of the week:
batteries don't charge very well if the charger isn't plugged in!  So
finally I just ran 2 wires off the back of the lighter socket and put
Litespeed connectors on them... put matching connectors on the charger
and never had a problem again!  Of course it also freed up the cigarette
lighter for its intended purpose... powering a radar detector!  Hope
this helps and good luck!


 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by HOWE Michael Georg » Fri, 25 Jun 1999 04:00:00


If you're going to charge from the cig. plug, be careful what amps you
charge at!  I tried it with my BC112a, so I could charge on the way to
the track (after coming home from work - ie. no time to charge at
home)...but at 4 amps, it killed the cig. plug!
I bought one from an electrical store and used a Deans plug to connect
to the Tekin (with another Deans Ultra...I cut off the aligator clips)
and had to put in a 10amp fuse (the plug only came with a 2.5 amp one).
Basically the plastic on the plug I bought had melted and the thing was
destroyed...the cig. plug on the car was pretty warm, but not damaged.
My friend's mum has an old Mercedes with a little tub in the engine...he
can put his Tekin in there and charge straight from the car battery, no
problems!  But I don't know if any other cars have a similar safe place
in the engine bay for a $300 charger & $150 batteries :)

You could try it...the worst that may happen is a blown fuse (hopefully
no meltdowns ;) but generally, I think it's not a really good
option...either charge your***pack & home and then peak at the track
and charge the others as you go, or get to the track 40mins-30mins
earlier to charge there.

Mike H.
Syd, AUS.

Quote:

> I was wondering if anyone knows of a AC/DC Peak charger that can be
> plugged into a car's cigarette lighter.  I have a old 15 minute timer
> ProTech Super Charger that does this, but it is kind of a pain to
> watch for the first 15 minutes to come up so I can put it back on for
> another 10 to get closer to a full charge.

> I've seen the Einstein, SuperBrain, and Piranha AC/DC peak chargers,
> but they only have the clips for DC as far as I know.  I want
> something in their price range, because I don't have alot of money to
> spend.  I am not really into racing, so it doesn't have to be fancy.
> It just has to be something I can plug into my car's lighter so I can
> bash around the park with a few buddies.

> Is there a way to rig the Einstein, SuperBrain, or Piranha to plug
> into a cigarette lighter.  I am no electrician, but if someone has a
> suggestion that would be cool.

> Thanks for the help,
>    Chris

 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by Kirk Lan » Fri, 25 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Actually, newer GM trucks have one (if they don't have the dual-battery
setup).  It has a lid that snaps on it too if you actually feel like driving
around with stuff in there, though I imagine it would get awfully noisy.

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Tempe, AZ

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RMRL #119

 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by adria » Fri, 25 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
> My friend's mum has an old Mercedes with a little tub in the engine...he
> can put his Tekin in there and charge straight from the car battery, no
> problems!  But I don't know if any other cars have a similar safe place
> in the engine bay for a $300 charger & $150 batteries :)

Or if you have a rear engine sports car that'd work....The battery should be
up front for weight distribution..even though it weighs close to nothing
compared to the weight of the car...
 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by Tom » Fri, 25 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> > My friend's mum has an old Mercedes with a little tub in the engine...he
> > can put his Tekin in there and charge straight from the car battery, no
> > problems!  But I don't know if any other cars have a similar safe place
> > in the engine bay for a $300 charger & $150 batteries :)

> Or if you have a rear engine sports car that'd work....The battery should be
> up front for weight distribution..even though it weighs close to nothing
> compared to the weight of the car...

I've never owned one, but that seems surprising to me.  You'd need some
real honkin' wires to go from the battery to the starter for a run of 8
feet or so.  Fuel tank I can see, but I'd think the disadvantages would
outweigh the advantages of a remote battery like that.

But I've never owned or looked closely at such a vehicle. . .

___
TTTTT   OO   M   M The sixth sick shiek's sixth sheep's sick.   |~~~|

  T    O  O  M M M So if it is in or if it is on it is as it is,  *  
  T     OO   M   M        be it in or on.                        `-'

 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by adria » Sat, 26 Jun 1999 04:00:00


The lancia scorpion is designed like that....its a foreign car, italian i
think...my friend has one...now that i think about it you're probably right
about the battery cabling...but i'm pretty sure the battery is up front, but
i could be wrong...
Quote:
> I've never owned one, but that seems surprising to me.  You'd need some
> real honkin' wires to go from the battery to the starter for a run of 8
> feet or so.  Fuel tank I can see, but I'd think the disadvantages would
> outweigh the advantages of a remote battery like that.

> But I've never owned or looked closely at such a vehicle. . .

> ___
> TTTTT   OO   M   M The sixth sick shiek's sixth sheep's sick.   |~~~|

>   T    O  O  M M M So if it is in or if it is on it is as it is,  *
>   T     OO   M   M        be it in or on.                        `-'

 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by Lawrence Key » Sat, 26 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> > Or if you have a rear engine sports car that'd work....The battery should be
> > up front for weight distribution..even though it weighs close to nothing
> > compared to the weight of the car...

> I've never owned one, but that seems surprising to me.  You'd need some
> real honkin' wires to go from the battery to the starter for a run of 8
> feet or so.  Fuel tank I can see, but I'd think the disadvantages would
> outweigh the advantages of a remote battery like that.

> But I've never owned or looked closely at such a vehicle. . .

Mid to late 1980's Audi 5000's had the battery located under the rear seat!

Larry Keys

Quote:

> ___
> TTTTT   OO   M   M The sixth sick shiek's sixth sheep's sick.   |~~~|

>   T    O  O  M M M So if it is in or if it is on it is as it is,  *
>   T     OO   M   M        be it in or on.                        `-'

 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by Jim Bank » Sat, 26 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Mid to late 1980's Audi 5000's had the battery located under the rear seat!

> Larry Keys

As did the old VW beetles (at least some of them)!  Of course, since the engine was
also in the rear, the cable run wasn't all that long.  The really old beetles also
used a 6 volt system.  I think they may have been one of the last to go to 12 volt.
 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by Steve Hiot » Sat, 26 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Actually modern Jaguars have the battery in the trunk.  At least the new
XJS and XK8 do, as well as the new Lincoln LS.
Quote:

> > > Or if you have a rear engine sports car that'd work....The battery should be
> > > up front for weight distribution..even though it weighs close to nothing
> > > compared to the weight of the car...

> > I've never owned one, but that seems surprising to me.  You'd need some
> > real honkin' wires to go from the battery to the starter for a run of 8
> > feet or so.  Fuel tank I can see, but I'd think the disadvantages would
> > outweigh the advantages of a remote battery like that.

> > But I've never owned or looked closely at such a vehicle. . .

> Mid to late 1980's Audi 5000's had the battery located under the rear seat!

> Larry Keys

> > ___
> > TTTTT   OO   M   M The sixth sick shiek's sixth sheep's sick.   |~~~|

> >   T    O  O  M M M So if it is in or if it is on it is as it is,  *
> >   T     OO   M   M        be it in or on.                        `-'

 
 
 

AC/DC Peak Charger with Cigarette Adapter

Post by David Andriess » Sun, 27 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Actually modern Jaguars have the battery in the trunk.  At least the new
> XJS and XK8 do, as well as the new Lincoln LS.

I think Haguars only have boots:)

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david