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Power adapter package

Power adapter package

$ 35.00

 The Power adapter package contains 2 adapters:

8-WKS-8553-AA-01 Power adapter package 1 pkg
1-PWR-5052-AA Powerpole to Alligator Clips Adapter (per ROV to connect to car or marine battery) 1 ea
1-PWR-5051-AA Powerpole to Cigarette Lighter Adapter(per ROV to connect to Jumpstarter or other cigarette lighter outlet) 1




The MATE PufferFish kit does not come with a power source.  You will need to provide a power source to power your vehicle.  The SeaMATE store offers three different solutions, depending on your budget and how you intend to use the ROV.  


Power pack with Powerpole adapter:

Powerpacks are battery packs that will provide the power you need.  They are often kept in vehicles to jumpstart a car battery if there is a problem.  They will run down over time, but can be recharged easily by plugging them into a wall socket.  A standard power pack should be able to run a PufferFish ROV for 1 to 2 hours.  Here is an example of a jumpstarter power pack: http://www.harborfreight.com/3-in-1-portable-power-pack-with-jump-starter-62306.html

The power packs will need an adapter for the Powerpole connector to plug into.  This adapter plugs into the cigarette lighter outlet found on the power packs, and the Powerpoles from your ROV plug into the adapter.  


12 volt Deep-Cycle Marine/RV car battery:

Large lead acid batteries are another way to power the ROV.  MATE recommends the Deep-Cycle Marine / RV battery, as they are designed to be run down and recharged many times (a standard 12 volt car battery is not designed for this).  The battery should be able to run a PufferFish ROV for 4 to 6 hours or you can run 3 ROVs at a time for an hour or more.  The battery will need to be recharged after that.  To recharge a car type battery, you will need to purchase a charger.  

The battery will also need an adapter for the Powerpole connectors from your ROV to plug into.   This adapter has Alligator clips that connect to the battery posts on one end and has Powerpole connectors at the other end.  


AC to DC Power Supply:

For a solution that never needs recharging, the MATE Center recommends an AC to DC, 30 amp power supply that plugs into an AC outlet, and provides a constant source of 12 volt DC power that the ROV needs.  This power supply can operate two PufferFish vehicles at once without issue.  

SAFETY NOTE:  Since this converter is being used near water, you MUST plug this converter into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected outlet, or have a GFCI plug on the end of the converter.  DO NOT PLUG THIS INTO A STANDARD WALL SOCKET WITHOUT GFCI PROTECTION.

MATE also recommends keeping the AC to DC converter in a splash proof container or case.  A small plastic tub turned upside down will work to keep splashes off the power supply.

You can purchase the 12 volt power supply (sold together with a GFCI) from the SeaMATE Store at: http://seamate.myshopify.com/collections/all-products/products/12v-dc-power-supply-w-powerpole-outlet-gfci


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