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Power supply problems
    #4625392 - 09/06/05 01:43 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Bit of an unusual question but one I really need a solution too!

I need to find a means of providing electricity for my terranium setup without using mains plug sockets for stealth purposes. My terranium and power supply will be placed in a large locked cupboard to ensure that no-one will ever need to see it. I haven't been able to find anything suitable on the Internet. I'd really appreciate some ideas.

p.s Is there a way to convert an acid-lead battery to a socket switch as this would seem ideal, but again nothing on the Internet  :frown:


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Re: Power supply problems [Re: cubeladd]
    #4625414 - 09/06/05 01:50 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

so you want to be able to have 110V ac? If the cupboard is attached
to the wall, could you drill a hole in the back, and go to the nearest
outlet, and use a fish tape to pull some wire, and wire it to the outlet?


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Re: Power supply problems [Re: rod]
    #4625458 - 09/06/05 02:02 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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rod said:
so you want to be able to have 110V ac? If the cupboard is attached
to the wall, could you drill a hole in the back, and go to the nearest
outlet, and use a fish tape to pull some wire, and wire it to the outlet?




What do you mean by fish tape?


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Re: Power supply problems [Re: cubeladd]
    #4625473 - 09/06/05 02:08 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

fish tape is just a springy wire that you can push through the
hollow part of the wall, till it comes to the hole, grab it and tape some wire to it and pull back through.


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Re: Power supply problems [Re: rod]
    #4625489 - 09/06/05 02:14 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

rod said:
fish tape is just a springy wire that you can push through the
hollow part of the wall, till it comes to the hole, grab it and tape some wire to it and pull back through.




lol, I'm still confused  :crazy: Can these fish wires be used to wire an acid-lead battery to a freebase mains socket?


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Re: Power supply problems [Re: rod]
    #4625513 - 09/06/05 02:20 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

no, thats why I asked if you wanted 110v ac?
what is a freeebase mains socket anyway, what are you
trying to power?


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Re: Power supply problems [Re: rod]
    #4625525 - 09/06/05 02:24 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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rod said:
no, thats why I asked if you wanted 110v ac?
what is a freeebase mains socket anyway, what are you
trying to power?




A 9W light and small aquarium heater (not brought yet). I basically need to find a way to power them within the locked setup so no wires are trailing out to arouse suspicion. The mains are 240V ac.


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Re: Power supply problems [Re: rod]
    #4625541 - 09/06/05 02:29 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

it'll cost you a couple hundred bucks but you could try....1. buy a solar panel. 2.buy a charge controllerfor the solar panel(so you don't overcharge. 3. buy a power converter which changes the the DC of a 12 volt battery to the AC of your outlets 4. Buy a deep cycle marine battery that will take repeated discharging and recharging.
You attach the power converter to the battery,this gives you the AC power you need. Find out how many watts your aquarium heater is and get a power converter sized for it(no need to spend extra for capacity you don't need). This set up is also very handy and will impress your friends the next time you have a power failure and you just keep on going.Although,if you're from the UK and don't get a lot of sunshine this setup probably won't recharge the battery as fast as you use the power.Just trying to help


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Re: Power supply problems [Re: rod]
    #4625545 - 09/06/05 02:30 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

now, I,m confused, where is the main at? are you in USA?
what does the light and heater take to run on?


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Re: Power supply problems [Re: Blackhart]
    #4625564 - 09/06/05 02:36 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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Blackhart said:
it'll cost you a couple hundred bucks but you could try....1. buy a solar panel. 2.buy a charge controllerfor the solar panel(so you don't overcharge. 3. buy a power converter which changes the the DC of a 12 volt battery to the AC of your outlets 4. Buy a deep cycle marine battery that will take repeated discharging and recharging.
  You attach the power converter to the battery,this gives you the AC power you need. Find out how many watts your aquarium heater is and get a power converter sized for it(no need to spend extra for capacity you don't need). This set up is also very handy and will impress your friends the next time you have a power failure and you just keep on going.Although,if you're from the UK and don't get a lot of sunshine this setup probably won't recharge the battery as fast as you use the power.Just trying to help




Thanks for the advice but in the uk the sun might as well not exist!  :smirk:

There must be a rechargeable battery with a mains socket somewhere. I can't believe they are so hard to find, lol  :crazy:


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Re: Power supply problems [Re: cubeladd]
    #4625607 - 09/06/05 02:51 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

OK, I've just had an idea!

If I brought a DC to AC inverter with alligator clips like the 325 watt model on this page http://theepicenter.com/dc_to_ac_power_converters_and_inverters.html

This would then mean that I could attach these clips to a rechargeable car battery right?


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Edited by cubeladd (09/06/05 03:02 PM)


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Re: Power supply problems [Re: cubeladd]
    #4625711 - 09/06/05 03:19 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

try a DIY store or automotive or marine supply or an alternative energy shop.You should be able to find something on the net


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