Last year at one of Canadian Tire’s regular sales I picked up one of the battery packs for jump-starting cars, running small electronics etc.
Soon thereafter I contacted Noco support about changing the pack using my 30w folding solar panel, based on the voltage output of my folding and 40w stationary panels being too high, they indicated I’d need a regulator to keep charging voltage no higher than 15v, so I had Polar Batteries order this unit which the chat rep recommended
It arrived yesterday and to my dismay, it won’t work as it has different connectors, back on chat and find out their regulators will only work with their panels and they have “proprietary” connectors so too bad so sad. After poking around on the Noco site, I find the following items which should allow me to plugin the female cigarette lighter adaptor from my folding panel
CDN Tire has something similar in stock
At this point the chat rep says, it’s not a supported configuration, but should work. I then realize I need 1 more cable, a male to male connector to go from the output on the regulator to the charging port on the GB70. They don’t make such a thing, all their cables are male to female only. So that means I need to find appropriate connectors to make up a custom cable to come from the regulator to the battery pack. Below you’ll see a photo showing the charging port on the GB70 along with the male/female ends of the current cable I have. I prefer not to butcher this one, but instead make up a new cable. Anyone recognize the type of connector and can suggest where to locally or online get pre-made cables or the connectors so I can make my own?
My goal is to have this cable made up so I can play with it and test charging and such at the VECTOR Field Day exercise next weekend.