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Old November 30th, 2003, 01:09 AM   #1
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need some advice from electronics DIY type guys

Hey electonics guys! I need some advice on making a mobile battery pack for my Playstation PSONE and LCD screen. There are battery packs available, but I can't find one localy, and don't have time to mail order.
I've been running the LCD off 2 6v lantern batteries, but would like a way of doing it with C or D cell batteries so I can buy rechargables, or at least cheaper batteries.
Anyway, if someone can offer any advice, let me know what power info I'll need to find out, and I'll post it.

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Old December 2nd, 2003, 05:53 PM   #2
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I'm not familiair with the naming scheme you use for those
batteries, but normally you can string batteries one after another
(+ into - etc.) to add the voltages.
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Old December 2nd, 2003, 06:41 PM   #3
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Dylan,

The link below is a battery pack that will hold 4 D cells, you'll need two (wired in series) to get the 12V you're looking for. They would allow you to use rechargable D Cells.

http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...t%5Fid=270-396
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Old December 2nd, 2003, 09:10 PM   #4
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I've been wanting to make something like this for a while, to power my XL1 LCD screen off rechargable batteries, instead of disposable 6V lantern style ones.
I'll let you know how it works.
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Old December 8th, 2003, 09:45 PM   #5
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Or you can get yourself a three-leg regulator chip and supply the 6 volts your screen requires from the 7.2 vold LiON batteries your camera uses. The only trick is making or finding the battery mount although that shouldn't be too hard.
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Old December 15th, 2003, 07:58 PM   #6
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Hey Dylan, if you need a reliable 12V rechargeable supply, how about trying a good old-fashioned lead-acid! They are great for the money, and put out a lot more amp-hours than D cells.

A single Bescor HP3 shoulder pack is 3 AH, is 5.5"x3"x3" and only wieghs 2.8 lbs, and comes with a charger. I use these things to power on-camera lights, which are hungry little devils, so you should get lots of time per charge. Of course, those D cells in the Radio Shack battery holder will work too.
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Old December 19th, 2003, 10:29 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I ended up breaking down and buying a rechargable battery pack off Ebay (cheap, really cheap), with the intent to also run my LCD monitor on my Canon XL1 with it.

I'll let you know how it works.
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Old December 19th, 2003, 11:32 PM   #8
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Just curious, how does the PSOne factor into it; are you using it in the field somehow?
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Old December 20th, 2003, 11:03 AM   #9
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Alex, it doesn't really, long term. Short term, I wanted a battery pack for the PSONE so I could use it while travelling.
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