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Old 03-13-2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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I am currently using a lawnmower battery tucked in a small backpack while i wade gig. I'm saving up to build an led setup where i can use an 8 AA cell battery pack that is light-weight.

I was wondering what setup you guys use to haul around your batteries while wading with incandescent lights.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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Wash tub with a tire tube around it works good. old school, but gets the job done. You can use a full size car battery with this setup, so plenty of reserve time on the light.
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I find the backpack works best, I have a 12 amp hr battery that should never run out, my light draws roughly 1 amp/hr. I use the backpack as double duty to carry the important stuff like beer or a stringer until you need it. Not sure how I feel about AA batteries, but if you get rechargable ones maybe it would work fine, depends on how long they last. Ive seen setups before with battery packs in the handle, always wondered how well they worked.
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Hauling a heavy lawnmower battery around in a backpack isn't fun. Too much weight. I use a 12 volt SLA (sealed lead acid) deer feeder battery. Much smaller than a lawnmower battery and weighs less too.
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The Backpack is a good idea.

The Lawnmower battery not so good.

The reason is, it is a vented Lead Acid battery. This could lead to a nasty acid burn.

I suggest one of the 12V batteries used in the Exit signs in a commercial building. They are Sealed.

They look like this 7Ah battery

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Nightwing: Good idea on the deer feeder battery...i'll check that out.

X-Shark: Where do you find those exit sign batteries for sale?
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Those sealed batteries are called Gel Cell batteries and X is correct about using Lead Acid open celled batteries in a closed in space like a backpack. Nasty burns can result and that back pack wont last long with the fumes that are present when they are being discharged.
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Nightwing: Good idea on the deer feeder battery...i'll check that out.

X-Shark: Where do you find those exit sign batteries for sale?

Lowes and Home Depot have the 12volt 7amp hour {AH} batteries in the lighting section. Battery source on 9- mile road has them also. They are about 30 bucks each locally, but available online for about half that price. You will also need a low output milliamp charger to charge them. Don"t use the boat charger!
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Lowes and Home Depot have the 12volt 7amp hour {AH} batteries in the lighting section. Battery source on 9- mile road has them also. They are about 30 bucks each locally, but available online for about half that price. You will also need a low output milliamp charger to charge them. Don"t use the boat charger!
Thanks for the info... Does lowes/home depot have the chargers as well?
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You can also find the deer feeder batteries at Academy for around $25 if I remember right. A regular car battery charger will charge it, just set it to the 2 amp setting. I use this for my kayak fishfinder / gps.
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