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Old 06-19-2008   #11
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Originally Posted by Lax71vcu View Post
I have a cigarette lighter jack on my jumper box. However my pump has the clamps to clamp to battery terminals. If I used a cigarette lighter adaptor and cut the cord could I then clip the alligator clamps from my pump to the exposed cords on the lighter adaptor.

Would this work?
Yes....but solder all your connections

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Old 06-19-2008   #12
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The leaf blower is the $hit. Nice work.

If you use a jumper cable as an extension, tape the ends together, offset, so they can't short out.


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Old 06-20-2008   #13
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You could also consider this:

Cabela's -- Coleman Rechargeable Quick Pump
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Old 06-20-2008   #14
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Originally Posted by cuzin View Post
You could also consider this:

Cabela's -- Coleman Rechargeable Quick Pump

I just used one of these last night to blow up an inflatable mattress. I would have to say that it definintely doesn't have the power to inflate a boat. Don't spend the money.

Ditto on that leaf blower. Awesome.
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Old 06-21-2008   #15
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Portable 12 volt rig

With the idea of a solar-powered float trip, I got a small ammo box and slipped two PowerSonic sealed 6v batteries in. Built a connector panel with an automotive fuse and various plug outlets (12 v car type, blade connectors, etc.) Drilled two tiny holes in the side of the box and ran wires through rubber grommets so it can be rigged on a raft and connected to a solar panel (or a battery charger for small AAA, AA, C, and D cells).

Plenty of juice to inflate several boats, and use LED camp lanterns at night. If I ever use it for a long trip, I'll get a large Sierra ZZZip stove or two (with an electric blower fan, to burn driftwood and old campfire charcoal).

No propane tanks or white gas or silk mantles to bust. No hiss. Just the sound of the river.

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