Question about Coleman Lantern Fan Radio (841.321) AM/FM
I bought this radio at a yard sale...i can't figure out how to put batteries in it...could you help me with downloading the user manual
This fan/lantern/radio was sold under numerous name brands, and is supposed to come with not only a wall wart, (plug in power supply) but it should have also included a 12VDC cigar lighter cord so it can be charged in your car/truck/SUV, etc. The included car adapter is not a standard variety. It has a special resistor inside the plug that limits the amount of charging current. This is very important. Too much current, and the battery could overheat and be rendered useless, or worse, it could literally explode inside the lantern housing. Your best bet is to locate a universal supply, and set it for 7.5 or 8 VDC maximum, and the plug polarity should be what is called "tip positive" Don't assume that an aftermarket wall wart is "tip positive" check it with a volt meter if you have one available to you. If not, ask your friends, neighbors, or call a local Amateur Radio club and ask if there is someone who would be willing to check for the proper voltage and polarity before you try it. It is a very simple check and I'm sure that they will be happy to assist you. As an aside, there is a little compartment in the bottom of the lantern. Mine came with a small emergency kit with a band-aid or two, monofilament line, a hook, and two matchbook type matches. Very odd, but it was a nice touch. God luck, and have fun with your fan.
Posted on Oct 06, 2008
This lantern/fan/radio combination does not use/accept batteries. It is recharged using the black A/C adapter provided with the lantern. I hope you received the adapter with the lantern when you bought it @ the garage sale? You plug the adapter into the little circular opening just above the round spotlight on the lantern. Hope this helps!
Posted on Aug 26, 2008
I just repaired one of these I purchased from a Thrift shop. It would work with a dc adapter plugged into it, but would not recharge the internal battery ( which is a small gel cell type 6 volt ). It turns out the assemblers wired the dc connection wrong to the battery, reversing the polarity, The wires coming from the board to the battery and the ac plug should have been red for positive, black for negative, but they were reversed ! This unite would never work on its battery. So much for quality control from the great workers paradise of communist China !
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
KB2ZGN. You are correct about the tip positive. Trying to fix one of these for a friend. I checked his wall wart and it was dead. Found another one in my pile of stuff and checked it. Was showing just about 8 volts. Plugged it into the radio and the only thing that worked was the fan. Also it had no charging light on. Checked the polarity of the wall wart and found the center tip to be negative. I reversed the two wires and all is fine know
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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