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Converting Old Winchester Handset Trap to 12v DC?

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by buttermilk, Jul 14, 2008.

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  1. buttermilk

    buttermilk TS Member

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    I'm looking for information about converting an old Winchester handset trap from 120 volt AC to 12 volt DC. The idea is to allow a trap to be set up and used where 120 volt AC isn't available.

    At this point I don't know if an AC to DC conversion is practical or cost effective. I am hoping someone with actual experience can help. If so, please drop me a private message.

    Thanks in advance.

    Jim Shipp, aka Buttermilk
     
  2. chipking

    chipking TS Member

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    The cheap and dirty way is to use a converter. These are usually low wattage so make sure you buy one that can support the draw of the trap. Clamp the + and - leads to a deep- cycle battery and plug the ac lead from the trap into the outlet on the front of the converter. The converters are usually for sale at Auto-stores and RV dealers. Costs start in the $50 range and figure another $50 for the deep cycle (marine) battery

    --- Chip King ---
     
  3. Ljutic111

    Ljutic111 TS Member

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    May just be simpler to find a used generator than to run down a 12 volt battery and have it fail in the middle of your shooting day .
     
  4. traploader

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    buttermilk,

    Check out my site above for information on 12 volt powerpacks for your handset machine. I ran 10.6 amps (two motors) on the Xantrex Powerpack 1500 for 65 minutes continuously before shut down at 10.5 volts. Xantrex comes with 1500 inverter and a sealed AGM 60 amp hour battery.

    I recommend using a 1200 running watt inverter with a peak of 2000 or more. I picked up one for $75 on sale. Much cheaper than converting 1/3hp motor, X127, X242 switch, X126C, X128 solenoids etc.

    I'll send you pictures of my unit if you send me a PM or email.

    Ian Brotherston Western Retro Products
     
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