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Vagabond Mini Lithium usage with car battery - Sealed Lead Acid SLA Batteries

 
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Mar 15, 2012 14:02 |  #1

I read in the Vagabond Mini Lithium manual that the VML can be used with an external sealed lead acid SLA battery such as a car battery. I am quite interested in this as a backup power source. I do not anticipate running out of juice on a shoot, and I do not shoot heavy enough to require two batteries, but it would make me a little more comfortable knowing that I have the option to connect the VML to my car battery to continue shooting. I also always have a motorcycle battery and jetski battery on a charger ready to use, I could just toss in my bag as exta 'just in case' juice for when I am in the field.

Has anyone made this connection as described in the VML owners manual? Does anyone have any experience using this as a power source for the VML?


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Mar 15, 2012 18:13 |  #2

Check out the following link and comments about the "Anderson" connectors towards the bottom.
http://www.robgalbrait​h.com …p?cid=7-11314-11226-11357 (external link)




  
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Mar 15, 2012 18:21 |  #3

MrScott wrote in post #14093407 (external link)
Check out the following link and comments about the "Anderson" connectors towards the bottom.
http://www.robgalbrait​h.com …p?cid=7-11314-11226-11357 (external link)

I already read that. I am not really interested in the cigarette lighter solution. I want it to clip to a battery directly. The instructions to do it are in the manual, but I am just wondering if anyone has actually DONE this before? I would like to hear real world thoughts on it.


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Mar 15, 2012 22:37 |  #4

Thanks for pointing this out. Something to consider as I wait for my VML to be delivered. Since there is no DC charger available from Paul Buff, I wonder if powering the VML from the car battery might allow the VML to power its own charger to "recharge" itself??

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Check out the following link and comments about the "Anderson" connectors towards the bottom.
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Mar 15, 2012 22:50 as a reply to  @ professorman's post |  #5

A spare battery for a VML costs what, $90? Small price to pay to double the number of pops you can get, and the piece of mind of knowing you always have a backup.


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Mar 15, 2012 23:09 |  #6

I have a backup battery for mine. However, any questions like this should be directed to AlienBees themselves. They are very responsive and will give you the answer to your question.


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Mar 16, 2012 16:01 |  #7

Vagabond RECOMMENDS it as an option. I am simply trying to see if anyone has actually done it in real life. $90 is more than what it would cost me for a 'just in case' battery because I already have a couple batteries in my shed on a trickle charger. This is page 10 from the VML manual as seen on their website.

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