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  1. #221

    Re: More Mule then Rover?

    I imagine the WiFi and cameras use wall warts plugged into the 110V inverter?
    jwatte, that is correct.

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    I got a few of these last year for that purpose, but the 110vac inverter was just too
    easy to implement (plug & play). I guess easy isn't always best(or workable).

    some cameras need 12vdc, some need 5vdc.
    Last edited by Tommy_T; 01-20-2019 at 07:33 AM.

  2. #222

    Re: More Mule then Rover?

    because we have 6" snow coming in tonight I heated my
    home work space and made the power supply changes.

    removed Wifi router and cameras form the 110vac inverter.

    the only thing running on 110vac is the lights.

    and it tested good, under heavy load (lifting weight and driving hard only the overhead lights drop out)

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  3. #223

    Re: More Mule then Rover?

    Such an awesome remote drone :-)

  4. #224

    Re: More Mule then Rover?

    Such an awesome remote drone
    jwatte, it's too limited by the small front casters right now, but once the back half
    is complete(4 wheel drive)...then it's going to be something to behold.

    even with it's current limitation i'd call it a SNOW MONSTER

  5. #225

    Re: More Mule then Rover?

    current camera setup

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    the snow bank is made by the bucket
    Last edited by Tommy_T; 01-25-2019 at 07:32 AM.

  6. #226

    Re: More Mule then Rover?

    because I can limp along(get the job done).
    the next issue needing attention is charging.

    I have a few 24V chargers, 5 Amp, 7 Amp (but wanted 20 Amp).

    my price range at the time of the lift build was very low.
    I found a cheap 24V 10 Amp charger on amazon(under $40)

    and was not shocked when it only charged at 7 Amp max.

    but I do need better chargers, back to amazon......

    with current chargers it takes 15Hr to charge(lost play time)

  7. #227

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  8. #228

    Re: More Mule then Rover?

    Looks cold. Better the robot than me :-)

    Lead-Acid are slow-charging batteries; there's really no (safe) way around that. You can charge them with a benchtop power supply set at constant-voltage constant-current limitations if you need to, and dial up the constant-current to whatever charge rate you're comfortable risking. (Beware gassing and possible explosive spray, though!)

    If you want faster charging, you're going to have to go LiPo or perhaps LiFePO. Or swappable battery banks.

  9. #229

    Re: More Mule then Rover?

    Or swappable battery banks.
    jwatte, seems doable

  10. #230

    Re: More Mule then Rover?

    the two outside batteries could quickly changed out.

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    these type connectors should make the change over
    plug&play,some more.

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    but they each weight about 100lb, so going to have to make
    some kind of dolly for the batteries.

    I could easily move the lights on the battery cover to some other
    location to make changing simplified.
    Last edited by Tommy_T; 01-28-2019 at 06:33 PM.

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