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Operating Voltage I want to hard wire my 980 instead of using the lighter adapter. Does the 980 operate on 12 volts or does the adapter also contain a voltage regulator for dropping to a lower voltage?

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It is 12 volt (or at least mine is). You should be able to connect directly to a fused supply, but I would advise checking output with a meter.

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