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Old 03-18-2018, 05:37 PM
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Default Sorry, Powerwerx

12v meters and USB chargers 😊
Larry DeCamp
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RV-4 fastback w/ Superior roller 360/AFP/G3X/CPI/Catto3b
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Old 03-18-2018, 06:18 PM
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Default blue sea

This one has been working well for me, seems to charge better than the 2.1A adapter Spruce sells.
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Old 03-18-2018, 06:56 PM
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Default +1 for Powerwerx

Had some older style from Stein, but have both failed at different times. As always, Stein was very helpful but they no longer carry the size I have cutouts for in the panel. The Powerwerx ones failed in my OV incident, but they are pigtails that hang down under the panel.

Most importantly, Id stay with the round cigarette lighter size, or the pigtail hanging under the panel. In the future, if one fails, you wont be locked into a particular design.

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Old 03-18-2018, 07:18 PM
Northernliving Northernliving is offline
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Originally Posted by gblanck View Post
This one has been working well for me, seems to charge better than the 2.1A adapter Spruce sells.
Ditto Greg. I'm also using the Blue Sea. Amazon's price is 2/3 of what others are charging.
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:50 PM
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This has worked out well for me. For $12.50 I thought I would give it a try.

No, I do not hear any noise in my headset and am happy with it. Also, you need to wire the USB ports to your master as they are powered, even when nothing is plugged in. The cigarette plug is on my "Always Hot" buss and I can charge my battery with it. (Although, I have a plug inside the oil door for doing that.)
Bill R.
RV-9 (Yes, it's a dragon tail)
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Build the plane you want, not the plane others want you to build!
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Old 03-19-2018, 05:31 AM
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Another vote for the Blue Sea 1045. Proven RF noise reduction, used one in my
truck when other 5v 4.2a chargers caused issues with the TPMS.
Mike C.
Sierra Nevada
RV-6A bought flying
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:53 AM
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Thanks everyone for all the replies. I found the Blue Sea Systems ones on Amazon (along with a lot of others) but wasn't sure how they might affect radios...

Originally Posted by Mike S View Post
"For 12 volt and 24 volt DC electrical systems, 2.4 amps max.
Two 5 volt 2.4 amp USB power jacks with an LED indicator."
Originally Posted by TShort View Post
Or these, higher amp rating:
"For 12 volt and 24 volt DC electrical systems, 4.8 amps max.
Two 5 volt 4.8 amp USB power jacks with an LED indicator."
What needs 4.8A? I've found that a 2.1 to 2.4A charger will keep one of my Tablet/Phone/Stratux running quite happily. 4.8A seems like overkill? I don't want to limit myself, but don't want to carry capacity I can't use, either...

I've seen them reviewed somewhere and seem to recall Stein mods them somehow for noise. I'm putting 2 in the upgrade...
Maybe if Stein sees this they can comment and let us know if both chargers are modified for noise... I would be happy with the rectangular one if they are. And i'd want three for my install... :P
Rob Prior
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:33 AM
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Default Blue Sea 1045

The Blue Sea 1045 Maximum Output Current is 4.8A DC (total). You could pull 4.8 amps from one socket or 2.4 amps simultaneously from both sockets.

Cheers, David

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Old 03-19-2018, 03:34 PM
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Default Panel mount usb

I saw these online, designed to be panel mounted. They appear to be intelligent in order to supply the correct current.

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Old 03-19-2018, 06:01 PM
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I second (third, fourth?) Blue Sea Systems...

Best is, if you're a Carling Rocker Switch guy (, Aveo Rockrack, etc...) this fits in the same hole and matches everything else.

This is a pic of my panel I just finished for my -4. The USB outlets are on the far right.


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