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   Old Thread  #20 16 Feb 2017 at 1.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Howes models will sell you the connectors If you call and ask they come with pre-soldered wires the same as probably on youre battery.
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   Old Thread  #19 16 Feb 2017 at 8.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes they are expensive but your generally get a huge increase in amps, Heathrow hit the nail on the head, power to weight ratio you wouldn't gain anything do a like for like swap, the idea is to extend your run time, hence increase the battery power not voltage.
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   Old Thread  #18 15 Feb 2017 at 8.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A 6v 4amp lithium battery wont last any longer than a 6v 4amp lead acid battery. ......... but it will be a fraction of the weight. ............ the advantages of lithium is you could probably get a 15 or 20amp lithium battery that weighs the same as your original battery. ........ so 3 or 4 times the run time
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   Old Thread  #17 15 Feb 2017 at 5.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The lithiums seem good, although expensive. Is it simply a case of finding the right amp and voltage in the same size and soldering a connection on? . These seem a straight swap.
http://www.batterymasters.co.uk/mobile/Product-Li4-6,-6v-4Ah-Lithium-Iron-Phosphate,-LiFePO4-Battery,-Charger-Included.-L(mm)-W(mm)-H(mm)-70-47-105.5_2627.aspx
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   Old Thread  #16 15 Feb 2017 at 3.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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10w is ample as long as like all panels it's used to top up rather than trying to charge from fully depleted!!! In France just tend to plug the boat in all the time between use.

Although now days I use lithium batteries in the bait boat which tends to last me the whole week with just one change :0)
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   Old Thread  #15 15 Feb 2017 at 2.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The eBay one doesn't seem too bad a price for 10w and comes good to go.
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   Old Thread  #14 15 Feb 2017 at 1.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'd avoid using an inverter on the bank for two key reasons, firstly they're danverous - 240V mains in a damp environment isnt a good idea. But secondly, inverters are extremelyinefficient - you will waste so much of the emergy provided by the battery.

As already mentioned, if you dont have one already get a 12v charger if you plan on using a leisure battery - have a look at the model RC car websites, most of them are capable of being powered by 12v DC or mains, and will be capable of charging SLA, NiCad or LiPo batteries at various voltages.



This Core RC UAC50 Charger 12v/110-240v 6A might be a bit overkill for your needs but I bought one of these for my son for his RC cars, but he's more interested in XBox and clothes these days so I tend to make use of it more than him

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   Old Thread  #13 15 Feb 2017 at 11.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The Maplin panels have regulators so you can use the regulator lead and make another lead with adaptors to just plug in, but yes just make a lead with the battery connector one end and the solar panel the other.
A lot of the smaller panels don't have regulators so again just a case of making the correct lead with the correct positive and negative connection.
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   Old Thread  #12 15 Feb 2017 at 10.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is it just a case of getting the plug that fits ( maybe from the manufacturer) and attaching it to some wire and then attaching that to the crocodile clips of the solar panel?
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   Old Thread  #11 15 Feb 2017 at 8.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Some of the boats I have had they use special connectors just to make it so its hard to buy them without paying a lot, Spyder uses some plastic white connectors that come from Spain or somewhere like that, hence you have to buy from the cabin think they were charging almost 7 a connector. Guess it stops you buying spare batteries cheaply !!!!!

The Maplin comes with a regulator so its fairly easy to make your self up a couple of leads ideal for week trips in France, Leisure batteries are fine but not if transporting to the swim is a problem or for shorter sessions,
Just nice to plug the panel in and leave it sitting in the sun.
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   Old Thread  #10 14 Feb 2017 at 9.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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As heathrow says

Imax b6 charger
Charge any battery from 12v

Ebay under 20 quid..

And solar panel to top up lesuire battery.
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   Old Thread  #9 13 Feb 2017 at 5.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Most boats use tamiya connectors. .......... but basically no you buy yhe panel then make up a leadto fit what ever you need
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   Old Thread  #8 13 Feb 2017 at 1.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mine has the new white connectors on the batteries rather than the xt60 connectors that most baitboat have - would either of the panel's work with these
Sorry can't do pics but looks like this.

http://static.wixstatic.com/media/e32bff_d312ecac56044d6b981e3827f4b8871e.jpg_256
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   Old Thread  #7 13 Feb 2017 at 9.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Solar panel: Always used a Maplin one, looks exactly the same as the Viper one, the AT one in fact any of the bait boat manufacturers that charge you 120 for a panel, got mine in a Maplin sale a few years back for 39.99 worth keeping your eyes on think they are 13 watt. comes with a regulator. I just have to make up end connectors for the boat!



Look outside the angling world and your find a lot cheaper.

this one but mine was in a sale
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   Old Thread  #6 13 Feb 2017 at 6.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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In the summer in France I use a 4.8w rated panel which I bought from Maplins in a sale a few years ago, cost me a tenner. Mine is also a briefcase style unit like the one shown on ebay but mine is much smaller and a lot cheaper and will still give off enough charge to keep my Atom topped up.

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