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01-26-2016 12:00 PM
fishinnut
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Originally Posted by RonG View Post


What is that? you ask. It's the latest mod/upgrade/addition to this long saga.

I've been trying to lighten my load over these last two seasons. Last year, I pulled out the built-in seat assembly from my Clam flip-over, replaced it with a bucket and lost 13 lbs of weight. Next I pulled out all the shanty lighting, wiring, switches and 12v battery powering it all and lost another 8 lbs. Now I use a couple of AAA powered 27 bulb LED lights that weigh a few ounces each for shanty lighting.

This year I wanted to shed some more weight and have a smaller footprint of all the gear I lug around so I did this:

If you've followed this thread, it's about powering a 19.2v drill for augering using 2 "Vexilar" batteries putting out 24v using an external battery pack.




Sometimes the pack goes into a backpack



It takes a lot of room and has the weight of 2 additional batteries. Still not bad compared to a heavy, smelly gas auger. I waned to ditch the pack and eliminate one of the 3 batteries I need (one for the locator, two for the drill)

Standard Vexilar battery setup




New modification



The batteries are still wired in series providing 24v, yet my new harness taps in and provides 12v for the locator

24v line out for the drill




Finished setup



I beefed up and and reinforced the power cable and replaced the crappy old lamp cord with a very tough, high amp cord.

I took it out for a spin this after noon and it was perfect. My shanty was lighter, had more less clutter and the whole thing worked like a charm and was more convenient than I imagined. I only wish I had done it sooner,

Oh, and nothing was altered on the Vexilar, it's wiring or carrying pack. My harness unclips and the flasher quickly can become the same 12v setup it was when it came out of the box.




If you were to do one of these mods, just be super careful with the wiring. 24v would likely fry your locator depending on the model. I'd also recommend briefly turning off the flasher while drilling to avoid any surges, strange pulses or drill motor electrical noise from being sent into it.

Next project: I just got a non-working Yamaha pro synthesizer for a steal. I've already cracked it open. Let's see if it's fixable...



Ron, if you are serious about lightening the load lose the adapter and extra batteries. Keep your auger blades sharp and cut by hand. Ice rarely gets that thick in Illinois. I'd rather have that comfy seat than the electric auger. JMHO
01-26-2016 07:53 AM
Superfluke
01-22-2016 05:37 PM
RonG Here's the mod for this ice season,

No, I didn't invent the battery box or the idea of putting lights in a shanty, but here's mine and probably unique for my needs made from an old tackle box.




I removed the 3 tiers of tackle trays leaving just one big open compartment. Many know (this thread) I devised a way a few years back to power my 19.2v drill used for augering with 24 volts from two sealed lead acid batteries wired in series.


The box supplies 24 volts out the top for the auger



and both 12v and 5 volts via usb on the front panel



I power the shanty lights via a cigarette lighter plug and the usbs will charge my phone or my tablet that I use with my Vexilar FishPhone underwater camera system. The cigarette outlet can power most anything, a TV, radio, mirrored disco ball, flasher or 110v AC inverter. I use a 9ah battery for the 12v side for a little more capacity and there's a regular 7ah for the secondary. The switch is just on/off for the 12v and 5v outlets.

Inside wiring, not too complicated, but provides both the 24v and 12v simultaneously



Hopefully the ideas might help someone out. I also added a very bright modded bar of LED lights in the shanty powered via a cigarette port on the battery box.
01-26-2015 05:00 AM
RonG

What is that? you ask. It's the latest mod/upgrade/addition to this long saga.

I've been trying to lighten my load over these last two seasons. Last year, I pulled out the built-in seat assembly from my Clam flip-over, replaced it with a bucket and lost 13 lbs of weight. Next I pulled out all the shanty lighting, wiring, switches and 12v battery powering it all and lost another 8 lbs. Now I use a couple of AAA powered 27 bulb LED lights that weigh a few ounces each for shanty lighting.

This year I wanted to shed some more weight and have a smaller footprint of all the gear I lug around so I did this:

If you've followed this thread, it's about powering a 19.2v drill for augering using 2 "Vexilar" batteries putting out 24v using an external battery pack.




Sometimes the pack goes into a backpack



It takes a lot of room and has the weight of 2 additional batteries. Still not bad compared to a heavy, smelly gas auger. I waned to ditch the pack and eliminate one of the 3 batteries I need (one for the locator, two for the drill)

Standard Vexilar battery setup




New modification



The batteries are still wired in series providing 24v, yet my new harness taps in and provides 12v for the locator

24v line out for the drill




Finished setup



I beefed up and and reinforced the power cable and replaced the crappy old lamp cord with a very tough, high amp cord.

I took it out for a spin this after noon and it was perfect. My shanty was lighter, had more less clutter and the whole thing worked like a charm and was more convenient than I imagined. I only wish I had done it sooner,

Oh, and nothing was altered on the Vexilar, it's wiring or carrying pack. My harness unclips and the flasher quickly can become the same 12v setup it was when it came out of the box.




If you were to do one of these mods, just be super careful with the wiring. 24v would likely fry your locator depending on the model. I'd also recommend briefly turning off the flasher while drilling to avoid any surges, strange pulses or drill motor electrical noise from being sent into it.

Next project: I just got a non-working Yamaha pro synthesizer for a steal. I've already cracked it open. Let's see if it's fixable...



01-21-2015 08:11 PM
RonG
Quote:
Originally Posted by diddly4 View Post
So I finished the project. The most difficult part was deciding how I would keep the contacts flush with the top of the battery pack so the contacts would connect to the drill. I used a slender piece of wood that holds it in place.

I ended up using 10 gauge wire due to my paranoid electrician father who said the drill may pull high loads and could fry the 16 gauge wire I bought. Well, after everything was hooked up we used an amp probe and found the drill only pulls 6 Amps at start up and it drops down to 2-3 while running. So I went overkill. I didn't install a circuit breaker so I'll find out if that's a mistake later.

Overall I can't wait to take it for a spin. Now we just need some ice!!!!
Glad it worked out for you. Mine's back in use. For the first couple of time's out when the ice was only 2-3" thick, I drilled manually.

New mod? If you run additional lines out, connecting to only the + and - of one of the batteries, you can have a 12v source from your 24v system. I'm thinking of doing that for long, sledless walks to power my Vexilar from the drill battery pack, allowing me to leave the Vex battery at home and lighten my load by 6 lbs.
12-30-2014 12:05 PM
Superfluke Looks like we will have ice again soon so back to the top....Thanks RonG
12-17-2014 09:55 AM
diddly4 So I finished the project. The most difficult part was deciding how I would keep the contacts flush with the top of the battery pack so the contacts would connect to the drill. I used a slender piece of wood that holds it in place.

I ended up using 10 gauge wire due to my paranoid electrician father who said the drill may pull high loads and could fry the 16 gauge wire I bought. Well, after everything was hooked up we used an amp probe and found the drill only pulls 6 Amps at start up and it drops down to 2-3 while running. So I went overkill. I didn't install a circuit breaker so I'll find out if that's a mistake later.

Overall I can't wait to take it for a spin. Now we just need some ice!!!!
12-02-2014 02:27 PM
diddly4 Hey Ron, if your still around and reading this, I've got the batteries you sold me and I bought a used craftsmen drill along with a breaker and will be finally getting around to this little project. I will post pics when I'm finished.
02-12-2014 11:30 AM
diddly4 Thanks for the info Ron, much appreciated. I finally accumulated everything I need to do this but I'm busy with work and kids so it will be a project for next season. I think with this set up and a new Lazer or Nils 6" auger will greatly improve my hole drilling capabilities.
02-04-2014 12:11 AM
RonG Ok, I just received a new marine breaker I got on ebay and added it to the new wooden battery box.







I had a breaker in my original battery unit, but not yet in the new box. Bad timing, but after many years of use, the trigger unit of my drill went bad and left me with this because not having the breaker installed yet.



Some of the wires melted, some vaporized. Lots of smoke. Be sure to add a breaker or fuse protection.

Also, keep your drill dry. I fish in snowstorms, drifting snow and in the rain. I believe it was not keeping the drill covered while fishing in a big snow storm that caused the problem if it wasn't just from the drill dying of old age.
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