CB Power...Battery verses Cig. Power Outlet. When?

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  1. 70cst

    70cst Bobtail Member

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    I realize that when one runs a big radio it's best to run the power off the battery so one doesn't blow fuses. The question that I have is this: How much power can you safely run off the Cig. Lighter power source before you start to blow fuses. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. josh.c

    josh.c Road Train Member

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    It depends on what the cigarette lighter circuit in the vehicle was designed to handle, and how many other things are on that circuit. How big of a radio are we talking about?
     
  3. 70cst

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    josh.c Road Train Member

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    My guess is that would be safe for most cigarette lighters, probably about 5 amps, somebody correct me if I'm wrong. I think the reason a lot of folks say to run straight off the battery is to reduce interference noise. You'll just have to see how it works for you. If you don't get a lot of noise and aren't blowing the fuse, you're in good shape.
     
  5. 70cst

    70cst Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for your reply. Its apreciated.
     
  6. Peanut Butter

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    Personaly my self, it didnt matter if it was 5 watts or 40 i ran it right off the battery, worked better and had all the power the radio needed to work efectively.
     
  7. kd5drx

    kd5drx <strong>Master of Electronic Communications</stron

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    OHMS LAW
    Volts X watts=amps so a 40 watt radio at 13.8 volts would be 552 amps so a 5 amp circuit want get it. how ever a standard radio out put is 5 watts which means it would need 10 watts input since it is 50 percent efficient by design it would need 138 amps.so there you go. no cigerate lighters would be recomended for good operation. Most radios if run on low voltage will perform bad or possably burn them up.
    also you go the other way volts X Amps= Watts
     
  8. pxpx

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    usually the reason to run off battery vs. cig. lighter is background noise over power needed. works that way in most vehicles
     
    josh.c Thanks this.
  9. josh.c

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    You need to check your formula. I=P/E, where I is current, P is power, and E is voltage. So 40watts/13.8volts=2.9amps. I said 5 amps to be on the safe side of what he should expect a rig like this to actually draw. You should have intuitively known that 552amps or even 138amps couldn't possibly be right, you could do some serious welding with that kind of current. Who said anything about running on low voltage? He's running it off the cigarette lighter, not a solar panel. Please explain what you mean by "burn them up," and what exactly would get damaged.
     
  10. 70cst

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    Well ... if this is the case and I hook the power source to the car battery...I might as well use my RCI 6300F. The reason for using the other CB were to have the ability to use the cigarette lighter. My company recently purchased a Subaru Outback for me to drive and the Interior space is limited which is why I was going to a smaller packaged CB. Again thanks for your feedback...its appreciated.
     
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