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Old 09-27-2004, 12:00 PM   #21
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Thanks for the replies guys.

The European charger is the Miniron Mobile.

I did get an inverter (400 watt), but to use it with the Miniron, I have to plug the inverter into the power point, plug the car battery charger into the inverter and then plug the Miniron into the car battery charger. A bit of mess of wires there. And it still does not work very well. The Miniron appears to "pulse" the charge, drawing a large (up to 2 amp) current on a regular basis. When it does this, the inverter beeps and complains.

Looks like that is happening because the power point can't supply the current being demanded, as mentioned above.

I guess I have not had this problem with the Alpha 4 because it does not draw as much current (1 amp max.), and what it does draw can be supplied by the power point.

I think I'm going to stick with this setup while at out of town events: For overnight charging, plug the Alpha 4 into the power point, and the Minron into a utility battery. During the day, recharge the utility battery with the Alpha 4, to get it ready for the next overnight charging session.

I'll keep the inverter handy for my corded dremel and other corded tools, and plug it into the front cigarette lighter when needed.

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