| Secondly, 95%+ of car cigarette lighters only have power when in the
| accessory or ignition position.
That's not true. Maybe it's true of whatever you personally drive
down there, but here in the US many cars have the cigarette lighters
powered when the car doesn't even have keys in. For example, the two
Fords we have have them powered, but I don't think the VW I used to
The figure is probably closer to 50% than 95%, and I'm not very sure
about the 50%. But 1 in 20? No way.
| You don't plan on leaving the keys in the unlocked car do you?
| Perhaps you plan to run your own wiring to the charger, just make
| sure it's fused and safe.
Cigarette lighters are almost always fused. They generally don't do
very well with currents over 10 amps, so if you have a serious charger
and are charging big batteries, you may need to run some of your own
wires. I also suggest having a fuse in your cigarette lighter
adapter, preferably one smaller than the one in the car for that
circuit so it blows first.
| > The receiver batt is only a 4-cell nicad - 500ma, 4.8V.
| What's wrong with a standard wall charger running overnight? Even
| my humble wall charger will do that in 2 hours.
Overnight is 2 hours? The problem is that many fast chargers are 12
volts, and many people don't have 110 v -> 12 volt transformers set up
for that, so they just do it in their car instead.
| I suspect you are in the same boat as me. I want to load up the car the
| previous night so I can have a fast getaway before dawn on Sunday (my
| standard flying day). I feel much safer charging the TX and RX on the wall
| charger overnight than hooking up my charger in the car....
Personally, I do a lot of my charging in the car, often on the way to
the field. It's just convenient. But I have one Triton for the car,
one Triton for the house, and a few others for various things.
Doug McLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org Yow! Everybody out of the gene pool!