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Old 12-08-2017, 08:54 AM   #1
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Hi All, I want to ditch running extension cords to my temp controllers at comps. Can anyone suggest a good battery pack that will handle a couple plugs and last all night. What are you guys using?
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:53 AM   #2
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It took some effort but I bought one of these battery pack holders and soldered a barrel connector on the wire leads. Works great and lasts a pretty long time.
https://www.amazon.com/Vanpower-Batt...rrel+connector
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:55 AM   #3
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Do a search on Amazon for external battery pack with 9V/12V output. I used one about 4 years ago for my Pitmaster IQ. The one I have isn't available anymore otherwise I'd post the link.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:00 AM   #4
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My old standby was a Duracell Powerpack 600 which ran a Stoker System with one 10 cfm fan for up to 14 hours. However, it started to lose power last year and I switched over to a newer system. I highly recommend the Charge Tech Portable Power Pack 27000. It is a very compact yet ran the same Stoker System but this time with two 10cfm fans starting at 10 pm and lasting until it showed 1/4 power left at 9:30 am when I switched back to shore power. I purchased a second one to run lights and electric knife and make me completely free from electricity needs for the Guinea Pig contest last Jan. It is available on Amazon if you want to use the Brethren link.
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:20 AM   #5
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When I ran electronics, I used the Schumacher. It could probably run 3 or 4 contests on a single charge. I used it at home too, since it was easier than dragging out extransion cords.

https://m.lowes.com/pd/Schumacher-El...SABEgIjN_D_BwE


Edit: also, buy the 12v adapter for your guru. Way more efficient than trying to use either the built-in or a separate 120v inverter.
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:51 PM   #6
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I have a Duracell and it works well.
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Old 12-08-2017, 03:20 PM   #7
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When I ran electronics, I used the Schumacher. It could probably run 3 or 4 contests on a single charge. I used it at home too, since it was easier than dragging out extransion cords.

https://m.lowes.com/pd/Schumacher-El...SABEgIjN_D_BwE


Edit: also, buy the 12v adapter for your guru. Way more efficient than trying to use either the built-in or a separate 120v inverter.

Im using a FlameBoss, can't I just pug it in!
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Old 12-08-2017, 06:49 PM   #8
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I use and older version of the Duracell Powerpack

This is a newer model

https://www.duracellpower.com/produc...rpack-pro-1300
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Im using a FlameBoss, can't I just pug it in!
Of course you can. But whatever 12v power supply you use won’t last as long if you’re up scaling it to 120v.
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Of course you can. But whatever 12v power supply you use won’t last as long if you’re up scaling it to 120v.
"Pretend" I know nothing about power supplies...What do I need to buy :-)
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"Pretend" I know nothing about power supplies...What do I need to buy :-)
Any of the battery packs listed will work well enough for an overnight cook if you’re plugging the normal two-pronged cord (that you’d normally plug into an extension cord) into them. If your Flame Boss has a 12v (round cigarette lighter) adapter available, any of the battery packs listed will last several overnight cooks, because you’re not inverting 12v DC battery power to 120v AC (normal wall outlet) power, then converting that 120v AC power back down to 12v DC power, which is what your flame boss actually runs on.

TL; DR: Buy any of these battery packs. If you want them to last longer, call Flame Boss and ask to buy a 12v adapter.
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Any of the battery packs listed will work well enough for an overnight cook if you’re plugging the normal two-pronged cord (that you’d normally plug into an extension cord) into them. If your Flame Boss has a 12v (round cigarette lighter) adapter available, any of the battery packs listed will last several overnight cooks, because you’re not inverting 12v DC battery power to 120v AC (normal wall outlet) power, then converting that 120v AC power back down to 12v DC power, which is what your flame boss actually runs on.

TL; DR: Buy any of these battery packs. If you want them to last longer, call Flame Boss and ask to buy a 12v adapter.
gotcha, I did see that flameboss sells a mini batterpack, so maybe I'll just get two of those!
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Old 12-10-2017, 01:43 AM   #14
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The Charge Tech accepts a 3 prong plug.
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I have noticed that my guru fan doesn't blow as hard when using the 12v cigarette lighter plug instead of plugging it into an extension cord or the power inverter on my battery pack. Has anyone else noticed this?
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