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Will an adapter in the lighter provide enough power to charge tool batteries? Site I'll be on for the rest of the winter has power usually a month after I've been and gone. I'm sure an adapter would put out plenty of power but I've never tried before.

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Some chargers don't like the modified sine wave that an inverter produces, could ruin the charger and/or the batteries. Most major tool lines have a dc charger with a lighter plug in, this would be cheaper than a pure sine wave inverter unless you have a few different brands.
 

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My Bostitch Cordless nailers came with an ac and a dc plug end for the chargers. so far it seems to be working great with no battery damage.

I also have a DC charger for the old style Dewalt NiCad and Lion batteries. I got that from amazon. I keep a battery charging behind the front seat most of the time. Really helps out in the colder months.
 

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My truck has a 110v outlet but I haven't tried using it yet, maybe you could add one?
 

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I'm going to put my old truck back on the road in the spring (flipped it earlier this winter) and it has none of those sorts of capabilities. I'm not willing to put any real work into this truck, but i think i will keep it for next winter...I REALLY like posi in the snow. It's not as much fun as open diffs but man does it creep out of stuff good. So buying an inverter will happen, putting in a dedicated 110v outlet won't
 

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I'm going to put my old truck back on the road in the spring (flipped it earlier this winter) and it has none of those sorts of capabilities. I'm not willing to put any real work into this truck, but i think i will keep it for next winter...I REALLY like posi in the snow. It's not as much fun as open diffs but man does it creep out of stuff good. So buying an inverter will happen, putting in a dedicated 110v outlet won't
My 30 dollar motomaster that plugged into the cigarette lighter worked great for many years. If you are in a pickle I have a 2000w inverter genny that I rarely use, you can borrow at will...unless I suddenly have a roughin w/o power.
 

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I bought a Ridgid 100 amp inverter from HD. It wouldn't run my makita charger but is advertised as being able to charge batteries...maybe 12 volt stuff?
 

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I was half assed thinking of buying a genny. I don't have a lot of use for one but a cheapo powerfist for $300 would be useful a few times a year. But that's just another thing to jam in the back of the truck, I'm usually full enough. I think an inverter would be useful enough
 

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It wouldn't run my makita charger so i returned it. I think it was like $26.00. Since then I've bought an m12 fuel. I imagine that charger would pull less amps. Worst case scenario buy it and if it doesn't work for you just return it.
 

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I was half assed thinking of buying a genny. I don't have a lot of use for one but a cheapo powerfist for $300 would be useful a few times a year. But that's just another thing to jam in the back of the truck, I'm usually full enough. I think an inverter would be useful enough
Cheap generators don't work well with electronics, inverter generators do. Mine is really compact, carry with one hand.
 

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Cheap generators don't work well with electronics, inverter generators do. Mine is really compact, carry with one hand.
Can't you get a scrubber of some sort, or are they expensive enough to defeat the purpose?
 

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Can't you get a scrubber of some sort, or are they expensive enough to defeat the purpose?
Come to think of it a UPS should do the trick...

Heck you could even use a ups with a 12v input from your truck to charge batteries.
 
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