• Welcome to ScubaBoard


  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

Sola charging alternatives?

Discussion in 'Light and Motion' started by THX723, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. THX723

    THX723 Angel Fish

    55
    2
    8
    For those of you who make multiple/extended dives, where there are no AC outlets around ... what are your solutions to recharging the battery? Swapping battery is out of the question, since it is sealed.

    ---------- Post added February 24th, 2015 at 09:38 PM ----------

    This is what I'm thinking, but wondering if there are better alternatives.

    Amazon.com: Rosewill Plasma Black 18000mAh Universal AC Outlet Portable Power Bank for Laptop/Smartphone/iOS/Android/PSP (PB-U1-18000-BK): Computers & Accessories
     
  2. Aquavelvet

    Aquavelvet Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle WA, USA
    313
    94
    28
    Something like that could work, a self contained battery plus inverter to generate portable AC. However, the back of my Photo 800 says 12 Volts by the charging port. I wonder if it would be possible to just use a simple 12V battery as a source with a pair of mini banana jacks.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
  3. THX723

    THX723 Angel Fish

    55
    2
    8
    Apparently Light & Motion does not recommend supplying the light with unmanaged power. The AC adapter contains the necessary smarts to regulate the charge that won't damage the cells. Bugger!

     
  4. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    22,441
    5,305
    113
    The only place I ran into problems was in the Philippines when a number of our dives exceeded 2 hours. I kept the light off until it was actually needed (except on night dives when they were on all the time). We did two dives per trip and there was time between boat trips to fully charge the lights (thankfully)
     
  5. THX723

    THX723 Angel Fish

    55
    2
    8
    I hear you Bill. I generally get 2, maybe 3, dives out of the light with good power management. Boat dives are usually not a concern due to available AC outlets. It's the shore dives that get you.

    Funny you responded here, as my concern is for Casino Point (Santa Catalina, CA), as place you know very well! :D
    Do you know of any AC outlets accessible near the stairs? I'll be there this weekend shore diving.

    Hasn't been a concern for me in the past, since my old light uses replaceable batteries.
     

Share This Page