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Battery-operated digital televisions

by sschifrin / December 15, 2009 8:47 AM PST

I'm looking to replace our old SONY WatchMan (analog) with a new digital television receiver. The problem I'm running into is that all the devices I can find have built-in, rechargeable batteries which, in an [insert any emergency situation here] will not last long enough to get through an emergency (2.5 hours is the longest I've seen). In addition, it is likely that there will be limited/no power available with which to recharge the batteries.

So, what I want is a digital receiver that, while it may chew through batteries when it operates, will at least continue to operate for as long as I can feed it batteries.

Is there any collective wisdom on this subject? All help appreciated!

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External battery or cigarette lighter plugin
by mjd420nova / December 15, 2009 10:45 AM PST

If you look at the AC adapter it should have the DC rating on it and you could build a battery pack to plug in instead of the adapter. OR you could get a cigarette lighter adapter that could be powered from a 12 volt lantern battery instead of a car battery. This would give you an extended run time and be easily replaced.

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Re:External battery or cigarette lighter plugin
by sschifrin / December 15, 2009 12:05 PM PST

That's a great thought, and I think I've seen what you describe -- a pack of D-cells that powers a cigarette lighter adapter. I'll try to find it.

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You could
by givemeaname / December 15, 2009 12:35 PM PST

Get a small inverter, battery (dry cell battery) and then a drip solar planel charger.

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Not sure of your situation,
by ahtoi / December 15, 2009 12:45 PM PST
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Re: Not sure of your situation,
by sschifrin / December 15, 2009 1:40 PM PST
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I have no experience with them.
by ahtoi / December 16, 2009 2:57 AM PST

All I can say is buyer beware.

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