Portable Powerbank

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I wonder if I might ask the advice of members about powerpacks?

I am looking to use one of these 58000mha car booster packs to run a small (max 42 amps per hour) electric outboard motor.

Being honest, I know very little about this subject so would like to ask if this is a good idea?

My rational behind this is that these units are cheap (<£40), light (500g), compact and will run for over an hour at peak drain.

Would this be a good idea?
Doubtful. Li-Ion/Li-Poly/LiFePO4 Booster packs are designed to deliver a brief surge of current, as evidenced by the surprisingly small-gauge wires (12 ga seems to be typical) in the leads. They can get away with this for start attempts lasting a few seconds at a time since that's not long enough to heat up the wires. The pack itself might not be capable of sustained discharge either - the cells, internal bus wires, and the regulation circuitry might also fail under heavy sustained load - or simply cut out as a safety feature.
 

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Upgrade: Got what is probably the most advanced and up-to-the-minute charger out there, the RAVPower 13000mAh; 2A in, 4.5A out total from the two outlets so you can plug two tablets into it simultaneously (or full-speed charge two iPhone 6s), auto-off when charging complete, built-in 5mm LED light (should be some impressive runtime..), 3"x5" 11 oz., $28.

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Upgrade: Got what is probably the most advanced and up-to-the-minute charger out there, the RAVPower 13000mAh; 2A in, 4.5A out total from the two outlets so you can plug two tablets into it simultaneously (or full-speed charge two iPhone 6s), auto-off when charging complete, built-in 5mm LED light (should be some impressive runtime..), 3"x5" 11 oz., $28.
Looks like the market is starting to create a middle tier where value meets price - as opposed to what seemed to exist previously where you bought sum-$10/$20 trash that might last a dozen cycles/might not catch fire or paid >$50 for stuff that was simply more likely to last more than a dozen cycles and/or spontaneously combust.
 

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That one looks pretty nice. Let us know your impressions. I always feel like I should have one of these around.
 

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This should be mandatory equipment for power outage-prone ares as it can be charged itself while charging other devices; just plug it into the wall, plug in your devices, and everything charges at top speed simultaneously. Then if the power goes out sometime overnight, no worries - the charger carries on dutifully as if nothing happened, you wake in the morning with your devices 100% charged and the charger turned off automatically waiting for the next task.
 

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I've been tinkering with cheap ebay power banks some. I don't have any smartphones or tablets to charge but I did buy a meter to check voltage and current outputs but only to around 1A. There are a lot of cheap power banks that do work that you can buy and put your batteries in but few allow you to easily swap batteries in/out most of them have covers that snap shut and you have to pry the plastic seams apart hopefully not breaking them. I have found the metal case (aluminum looking) ones are the best for my purposes. The single cell metal ones that are round the bottom cap screws off and you can drop everything out of the bottom to swap out the battery while the larger cell ones vary from a plastic snap in place bottom to I think a plastic tab that snaps into the metal case. I've got 1 and 4 cell versions the 4 cell ones are xiaomi clones in look with decent construction I have a 2 and 3 cell version on the way from china too. The metal ones don't have the high output that some do 1 to 1.5A is what they advertise I've gotten 1A out of them. The one thing to keep in mind is some power banks will not operate unless you press the ON button. These power banks may shut off if they have too low of a power load on them, while others won't. So far the metal ones operate at lower power levels but I have two I bought from walmart that are 2 cell ones that shut off.
My favorite cheap power bank locally available is a pink single cell one for under $5..... 2000mah and has 1-4 red blinks for charge level and no power button.
 

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My favorite powerbanks are the LUXA2 Energy Slim 10 Amp powerbank (rated for over 2500 charges), 22.4 Amp Lifecharge Jumbo (one of the highest capacity ones I could find), and the 11 Amp Lenmar Undead Power power bank (has three outlets).
 

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I have had the"Anker® Astro E5 15000mAh Portable Ultra-High Density High Capacity External Battery Backup Charger" since 2013 and have had no trouble with it.

It's been a dependable piece of kit on numerous plane and oceanliner trips & will be accompanying my wife & I to Ireland in the near future!

I'm enjoying this thread; seeing the new technology that's coming out nowadays is always a rush.

Still digging the Anker Astro though!
 

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My Miller 102 bank/charger won't take protected cells without modifying it, and even at that it is a very tight fit.

As I mentioned earlier, that I pulled the cells from a few power banks to make battery packs for an R/C boat. That left me with a few of the 5V USB micro in/ boost to 5V USB out - electronics.

I soldered a pair of magnets to some wires, and the wires to the circuit board of one of the cannibalized power banks. This made a very minimalist charger/battery bank. I threw it into my little toiletries travel bag that I use when I travel. I also included a USB wall wart, a pair of USB/micro usb charging cables (one never knows when one of them will fail.) and a 24v/-12v car cigar lighter USB converter.

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This should be mandatory equipment for power outage-prone ares as it can be charged itself while charging other devices; just plug it into the wall, plug in your devices, and everything charges at top speed simultaneously. Then if the power goes out sometime overnight, no worries - the charger carries on dutifully as if nothing happened, you wake in the morning with your devices 100% charged and the charger turned off automatically waiting for the next task.
Not all power banks can be charged while at the same time providing current to another device. :caution:
 

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Not all power banks can be charged while at the same time providing current to another device. :caution:

Correct, so make sure this isn't an investment you "save money" on; check for the features you would want to prepare for a power outage - simultaneous charging, enough capacity for your critical devices, 2+ amps for all outlets, etc. It wasn't long ago that the general consensus was to only use your cell for minimal emergency calling during an outage and leave it off otherwise, but with days of power in reserve you have another means at hand to receive news and information. A good charger can really be a game-changer..
 

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As I mentioned earlier, that I pulled the cells from a few power banks to make battery packs for an R/C boat. That left me with a few of the 5V USB micro in/ boost to 5V USB out - electronics.

My Miller 102 bank/charger won't take protected cells without modifying it, and even at that it is a very tight fit.
I soldered a pair of magnets to some wires, and the wires to the circuit board. This made a very minimalist charger/battery bank. I threw it into my little toiletries travel bag that I use when I travel. I also included a USB wall wart, a pair of USB/micro usb charging cables (one never knows when one of them will fail.) and a 24v/-12v car cigar lighter USB converter.

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That's rad!
I've got a couple of janky Miller clones I should do something similar with.
Thanks for the inspiration:)
 

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That's rad!
I've got a couple of janky Miller clones I should do something similar with.
Thanks for the inspiration:)
I'm glad that you like it :)
I edited my post above to clarify that I pulled that unit from a cheap powerbank.
IIRC the Miller circuit boards are a lot longer, and (at least mine) uses a mini USB input port.
I've seen mods for it for where to solder in a micro USB input port.
 

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My Miller 102 bank/charger won't take protected cells without modifying it, and even at that it is a very tight fit.

As I mentioned earlier, that I pulled the cells from a few power banks to make battery packs for an R/C boat. That left me with a few of the 5V USB micro in/ boost to 5V USB out - electronics.

I soldered a pair of magnets to some wires, and the wires to the circuit board of one of the cannibalized power banks. This made a very minimalist charger/battery bank. I threw it into my little toiletries travel bag that I use when I travel. I also included a USB wall wart, a pair of USB/micro usb charging cables (one never knows when one of them will fail.) and a 24v/-12v car cigar lighter USB converter.

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Great work here thanks for sharing your creation :)
 

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Just bought an Anker 20100mAh portable powerbank. Lots of good reviews. ($45Cdn. Not bad at all.) Charging it up as we speak. With winter coming up I think this thing is going to get a workout. We have a couple of phones and tablets, and I don't like the idea of running the generator for two-hours just to charge them.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X5RV14Y/?tag=cpf0b6-20

Might have to buy a USB rechargeable flashlight to feed off this thing. :cool:


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I would never try to build my own. I'd end up creating a black hole that would swallow the continent.
 

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Does anyone make an AA USB charger?

Yes, and they make chargers for all types of cells that run off of USB. I have an Opus BT-C100 that has both a 5v input (2.1mm) and a micro USB input that charges nimh and lithium ion batteries from a AAA to an 26650. I have an old discontinued energizer USB charger that charges 2AA or AAAs but I think Sanyo makes a USB AA/AAA charger too.
 

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Thanks, both of you. I Ike the idea of a small inexpensive AA charger that would run off my new power bank. Gotta keep the Eneloops happy.

Always good to see you Poppy. :wave: I've been doing my winter prepping and laying in some extra food just in case. Going to fill up the generator with fresh gas today and prepare for the snow we're supposed to get tomorrow. Hope you are well.
 
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