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At this webpage you will find power supplies, batteries and chargers.
Voltcraft FPS 4A Conrad Electronic
Voltcraft FPS-1132 Conrad Electronic
For the power supply on the station table, I bought back in 1998 the Voltcraft FPS 4A, a commercial device from Conrad Electronic. It dispenses 2 A at 13.8 V, for a short time 4 A are possible. When opening the case, the output voltage of 12 to 14 V can be adjusted via a setting resistance on the vertical circuit board. Since its purchase more than 20 years ago, this power supply has worked without failure.
In the meantime, Conrad Electronic also has the follower model Voltcraft FPS 1132 (order number: 1195956). Compared to its predecessor, it provides a measuring device for displaying the output current. In addition, the fine-tuning of the output voltage (11 to 14 V) is possible via a small adjustment resistance from the front panel. This device can also dispense 2 A and 4 A for 2 minutes. Entrance voltage: 230 V, Mass: 2.1 kg
NiMH accumulators Varta
During the preparations for a portable operation I make up my mind not to use my sealed lead-acid accumulators. For a long time I ogle with NiMH accumulators. They are ligther and smaller than comparable sealed lead-acid accumulators. But the offer is enormous. The accumulators are available both as single cells and as acumulator packs.
Finally I opt for single Mignon cells (AA) by Varta, which are usuable for high-current applications (not the normal ones). They possess a capacity of 2700 mAh with 1,2 V for each cell. For a transceiver operated with 12 V are ten cells to be used. You can unload the cells with up to 4800 mA (4.8 A) and down to 0.8 V. Thus a transceiver can be operated down to 8 V.
The used cells (four-pack, order no. 250484) and suitable holder (order no. 615617) are available by Conrad Electronic. For charging I use a ready-made charger for NiMH accumulators (Mignon, AA). The also as four-pack available cells (order no. 250992) have only 2600 mAh, but they can also be discharged with 5.2 A down to 0.8 V.
Two tips: Buy as much cells as you need for two accumulator packs. While a package of ten cells is loading, you can use the second package. Also replace the thin wires of the related clips with thicker wires. How to do this, I'll show here.
Basetech BTL-12 Conrad Electronic
Basetech BTL-14 Conrad Electronic
There I stood now with my 10 NiMH accumulators. I own a suitable charger, but it can charge only 2 cells at the same time. Devices, which charge 4 cells one finds many, such for 8 cells already less. I found only one charger, which can charge at least 10 cells at the same time. It is the Basetech BTL12, which is for example available by Conrad Electronic (order no. 200112).
The newer version Basetech BTL14 with display is also available by Conrad Electronic (order no. 1541355). I selected consciously a device, that don't uses high-speed charging. It charges the cells with 250 mA (trickle charging current 25 mA). The charge process takes longer (approximately 15 hours in relation to 3 or 4 hours), but the cells are take care in such a way. To emphasize is, that the Basetech BTL12 supervises each cell separately and the device uses the so called -ΔV disconnection. The charger can be runs as well with the power adaptor from 100 to 240 V as with an adaptor cable from the 12 V car. Dimensions: 22,3 × 3,4 × 9,8 cm, Weight: 217 g
Sealed lead-acid accumulators
At the latest if one wants to become active away from the commercial power supply, the search for an alternative power supply begins. Although there are various accumulator types and high performance one-way solutions, I use mainly Sealed lead-acid accumulators. If one calculate the necessary capacity, astonishing small types can be used. They are usable over years if still suitable charge methods and fundamental usage hints are used.
Egston Mainy Conrad Electronic
I was in search of a small and lightweight sealed lead-acid accumulator charger. It's should work at 110 and 230 V and have a current limiting. Unfortunately I do not found an usable one so I modified the output voltage of an available power supplies by Egston. A description of the modification is available. The supply is available also by Conrad Electronic.