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    Im quickly noticing how much of a pain in the a$$ extension cords are when trying to find a premium spot to image. I need a good power tank / power supply. Preferable a portable generator.

    Any suggestions?!!

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    Default Re: portable power options

    Would a deep cycle car battery work? At home I use a 33Ah deep cycle marine battery for 2 scopes and heaters and that is good for 3-4 all nighters before needing a recharge.
    Do you know how many amps you need to run?
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    Default Re: portable power options

    im not sure the amount of amps i need to run, it would be powering my atlas mount, computer attached with guidecamera, and camera batteries. im not familiar with a deep cycle battery until i started looking for power supplies haha
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    Default Re: portable power options

    You can look at all your gear and see what the mA rating is and total it all up. 1000mA = 1A
    Once you have it all totalled double it for out in the field and that is the size of battery you should be looking for.
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    Default Re: portable power options

    very helpful, thank you!
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    Default Re: portable power options

    Here is a really good battery tutorial, it is a bit long but has all the information you will ever need.
    http://www.nexstarsite.com/download/Batteries.pdf
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