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Home > Reviews > Accessories > Hardware > Celestron Power Tank

Celestron Power Tank
By Darrell Fichtl - 7/4/2004

Take your pick of power packs
Are your tired of stretching out the power cords or running a cord to your vehicle when you’re at your favorite “Dark Skies” site? Then you seriously need to consider the Celestron Power Tank.

This ten-pound package packs a lot for your money. There are two twelve-volt cigarette style plug-ins that will comfortably handle all your needs for several hours. I’ve run my scope and a 416XTE CCD off the one power pack.

In addition it has three, six and nine volt outlets for other miscellaneous needs that you may have.

The unit recharges fast and has visual indicators that display fully charged, charging, needs recharging and ready to use.

It comes equipped with two lights. The smaller is a red lensed flashlight unit. Although it’s advertised as a light for dark skies I feel it’s a little too bright and would ruin your night vision if you looked directly at it. Even when used for illumination of a sky map I still feel it’s too bright. Probably the addition of several sheets of red cellophane would do the trick.

The other light is a honker! 800,000 candle power!! You could use that one for shooting down UFO’s! If you ever have lost something in the dark and need to find it turning on this unit is like turning on a stage light!

Living in Arizona and on the golf course we often have coyote visits at night. When I highlight them with this light they really don’t know what the heck is going on. From across the golf course (about 150 yards) it will light up a pack of 5 or six animals.

It unit also has two terminals where you are able to attach heavy-duty wires much like you would if your battery went dead on your car. I’ve never tried to start the car with it so I don’t have any experience in using it that way.

The unit is encased in a heavy-duty plastic that has been banged around a few times with no visible nicks or scratches.

Although this unit won’t help you see any better, it’ll sure make your power needs a breeze.


Click here for more about the 7 amp hour model. -Ed.

Click here for more about the larger, 17 amp hour unit. -Ed.



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