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Old 02-23-2018, 08:53 PM   #21
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Default Re: Powering a GPS with 6 volt.

A 10,000mAh cellphone charger will run the GPS on your phone all day. Google maps. Cost $20
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Old 02-24-2018, 03:09 AM   #22
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Those low cost converters work good, except for a cb radio. When you ground the antenna, things go south. The two grounds don't like each other. Maybe if I isolate the antenna base??? Most everyone in our club use a CB.

That really surprises me. I haven't used my CB since the late 70's.
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Default Re: Powering a GPS with 6 volt.

Seems to be a problem loading pics right now, but got one to load, red wire to ground, black to battery, that's all it takes,
No need to spend big bucks on such a simple issue
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:06 PM   #24
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Seems to be a problem loading pics right now, but got one to load, red wire to ground, black to battery, that's all it takes,
No need to spend big bucks on such a simple issue
Maybe run the black wire to the terminal box so that the load is reflected on the Amp meter?
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Old 02-25-2018, 11:52 AM   #25
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Default Re: Powering a GPS with 6 volt.

I stated "black to battery" just to be simple, fact is my connection is aft of the fuse block.
The draw on charging phones, GPS's is so slight I doubt it would read on the meter...but don't let that stop you.
Point is, hooking up a USB phone charger to a Model A is so simple and quick.
Keep in mind if you have a 6V neg or 12V pos system...wire it accordingly
Go for it, you're not going to hurt anything
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Old 02-25-2018, 12:01 PM   #26
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Default Re: Powering a GPS with 6 volt.

I have a Garmin GPS with Traffic. The GPS seems to work OK on 6v but the "Traffic" part does not. The "Traffic" works fine in my modern with 12v. I would venture to say that since the charge cord is also the antenna for traffic that has something to do with it.

I'm planning on installing a 12v converter to see if that helps.
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:32 AM   #27
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Seems to be a problem loading pics right now, but got one to load, red wire to ground, black to battery, that's all it takes,
No need to spend big bucks on such a simple issue

Me too. No out of pocket because I already owned these... about $7 for the lead/outlet and a couple more for the USB adapter. Even though you're only putting in 6VDC (instead of the 12 it is marketed for) the little USB adapter modulates to 5.11VDC anyway. Another shade tree innovation but as always... YMMV!


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Old 08-18-2019, 10:22 PM   #28
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Default Re: Powering a GPS with 6 volt.

Look for "Anyone use a Tom-Tom GPS" that was posted earlier, go down to my reply NUMBER 11, I used a cigarette style lighter plug as the article shows and it works great for my GPS/and cell. Good article. Yes... powered by 6 volts
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