Hi, I am going on a safari and the main sourec of power will be form the car, ie the cigarette lighter. Can you charge the battery this way? can you get a cord which goes from the battery pack to a USB? Thanks!
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I have a more basic version from Home Depot. From day 1, the charge indicator never worked correctly. Have had it several years now and probably by this time, the battery is just getting weak and needs to be replaced. I found that charging by the cigarette lighter doesn't work too well. Charging by the AC adaptor overnight is the best and I do it every 4 months. Once and a while, I test it by connecting to an old starter motor. If it spins at decent speed, the charge is OK. The cigarette lighter plug connection is also good to use when you need to change the car battery and don't want to loose all your radio presets. It backfeeds the system and keeps all battery powered systems powered when the main battery is disconnected.
NEVER run the engine without the main battery connected! Good way to burn out all your electronics.
It won't charge in any other car, either. The SD10 is a camera, not a battery charger. To charge the battery, remove the battery from the camera, put it into the supplied battery charger, and plug the battery charger into a power source. See page 20 of this manual.
You can charge it using the car charger that came with it by plugging it into the cigarette lighter socket of your car and the narrow end into the back of the satnav. You need to have power going to the cigarette lighter socket. On some cars that means that the car has to be running. There's a little led (light) on the plug which shows when it's receiving power. Charging this way takes about 4 hours.
You can also charge the satnav using an optional mains charger which also takes 4 hours.
Finally you can charge it by connecting it to the USB port of a computer for 8 hours. Both the computer and the satnav need to be on.
There's a battery state indicator on the screen of the satnav which shows if the battery is charged or not, on the screen which shows WHERE TO and VIEW MAP. It only shows when the satnav is not connected to a power source so you need to stop charging it to view it.
There are 3 ways to charge your satnav. You can charge it with the car cigarette lighter socket or an optional mains charger both of which take around 4 hours. You can charge it through the USB port of your computer which takes about 8 hours. If charging with the computer both the satnav and computer should be turned on.
If charging with the car be sure that there's power going to the cigarette lighter socket. Some cars need to be running for power to reach it.
you could do this by running 2 wires directly from the battery to the back of the cig lighter and by fusing the positive.if it is only when using the cig lighter and not when charging a phone ect.it could be element on the cig lighter shorting
if you don't need the lighter itself to light up cigarrettes, then get rid of the lighter and using a test light or meter, make sure there is power inside thesocket where the lighter plugs into. if power is already there, then your done and ready to go, if power is not there, then check for an open fuse in your fuse panel...some lighter go directly to the battery, in that case make sure that the wires are not broken somewhere between the lighter socket and the battery
the two problems that you posted could be connected somehow by the alternator not charging because of the belt issue. so if you have a low battery, the cigarette lighter would have a low voltage also.
then on the ipod issue, the memory of the radio could have been lost due to removal of battery cables or the battery really went down on its voltage. just re-configure your radio to accept the ipod music.