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Charging in Car or from 12v Power SourcesUpdated 9 months ago

If you want to charge your FD battery from a car or mobile platform, things to consider.


If you're charging from a normal Lead Acid or AGM car battery, a single Standard Assist PLUS  12.6 Ah battery can drain a car battery by at least 50% in just one charge so you don't want to make your car go flat. It's best to have a 2nd battery installed in your car to avoid this.  If your looking for a 2nd battery a deep discharge battery is preferred over normal car battery as they are designed for cold cranking amps as opposed to sustained amp draw.  


You cannot charge a battery from your normal 12V car cigarette lighter.   Most cars 12V  cigarette lighter plugs can't handle more than 100 watts sustained and your FD+ charger will draw about 160 watts sustained. 


If you're purchasing a 100 - 240 V inverter so that you can charge your battery from a 12 - 24 V source make sure it's a good quality “ pure sine wave “ inverter of at least 300 watts. 

Really cheap clipped sine wave inverters are not recommended as they have very poor power delivery and can damage electronics.  


Remember cars can get VERY hot inside when closed up and we do not recommend charging batteries inside a closed up vehicle as the charger or battery could get too hot.  Always make sure the chargers have ventilation when being used. 


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