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    12v in in car charger help please



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    I have a Minelab safari metal detector that has a 12v rechargeable battery pack.

    I was looking for an in-car charger (cigarette socket type thing), Minelab do one but its £48!
    The spec is as follows,
    3.5mm jack
    12v 150-200mA

    Ive searched but cant find one with that low a milli-amp rating, I do have one but its 400mA, will this be ok to use?
    Any electrical people able to help please?
    Thanks
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    This any good?

    9V 2A 1A 150mA Car Charger Power Supply Charger for 2 Way Radio | eBay

    I am sure you can get jack adapters too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gypo View Post
    I have a Minelab safari metal detector that has a 12v rechargeable battery pack.

    I was looking for an in-car charger (cigarette socket type thing), Minelab do one but its £48!
    The spec is as follows,
    3.5mm jack
    12v 150-200mA

    Ive searched but cant find one with that low a milli-amp rating, I do have one but its 400mA, will this be ok to use?
    Any electrical people able to help please?
    Thanks
    D
    Yes.

    The more current capacity (amps) then better.
    The polarity + - of the plug that goes into your MD is important.
    And output voltage needs to be correct.


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    The Safari is also my weapon of choice ,I would be more worried about damaging the battery pack by not using the correct charger which I assume would be set up for correctly charging the pack and shutting off at a certain voltage to prevent overcharging etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by izwozral View Post
    This any good?

    9V 2A 1A 150mA Car Charger Power Supply Charger for 2 Way Radio | eBay

    I am sure you can get jack adapters too.
    No

    States 9 volts, I understand 12 volts are required.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gypo View Post
    I have a Minelab safari metal detector that has a 12v rechargeable battery pack.

    I was looking for an in-car charger (cigarette socket type thing), Minelab do one but its £48!
    The spec is as follows,
    3.5mm jack
    12v 150-200mA

    Ive searched but cant find one with that low a milli-amp rating, I do have one but its 400mA, will this be ok to use?
    Any electrical people able to help please?
    Thanks
    D
    Yes it'll be fine, don't worry. The rating is the MAXIMUM it can cope with, the battery in your device will decide how much power it needs (somewhere between 150 and 200mA at a guess!) and sort itself out.
    I'm assuming your one is a cigarette plug and plugs into a normal car socket, BTW!

    Be sure that the input plug to your device is as per the label on it. In the VAST majority of cases, the inner core of the plug is +ve and the outer is -ve, be sure though!
    Last edited by IanH; 16-07-2017 at 16:06.

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    Thanks all for taking the time to reply, IanH I was thinking on the same lines but needed to confirm it, thank you.
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    Cheers all
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    Quote Originally Posted by gypo View Post
    Thanks all for taking the time to reply, IanH I was thinking on the same lines but needed to confirm it, thank you.
    FULL TIMER, yes great machine once you get used to it
    Cheers all
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    Hope im right!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanH View Post
    Hope im right!!!!!!!!!
    Lol so do I

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