Convert DC aerator to AC

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by solomon, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. solomon

    solomon New Member

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    Can you take a 12V DC aerator and fix it to where you can plug it in a wall outlet? If so, how do you make it work?
     
  2. Catfishhunter

    Catfishhunter New Member

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    Solomon, You would have to by a 12v dc power supply to make it work. Radio shack would have it, you just need to tell them how many watts or amps it pulls...
     

  3. LarryW

    LarryW New Member

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    If I follow what you are asking the answer is no. The 12v dc alternator is only going to give you 12v dc. You would have to get an inverter to change it to AC for an outlet. They sell the inverters at walmart and can be used to power small appliances.
     
  4. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    just get a power supply like was stated that will let you run it in the garage etc.
     
  5. Crispy Critter

    Crispy Critter New Member

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    It might be cheaper to buy one of the 110v airpumps for an aqurium.You can get one for around $5 new.If you want to use the one you have then get a converter or transformer like suggested.
     
  6. solomon

    solomon New Member

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    Thanks guys, I think I'll just get a power supply. I don't feel like taking the aerator back, and the style it is will work really good on my new bait tank. Guy next door is reopening a restaurant there and he gave me two big deep freezes out of the building that he didn't want. I just had to roll em across the parking lot. Want to keep bream in em. I've looked at the setups in the library, but I don't want to keep em for a week at the most, so I think recirculating water through a spray bar ought to work ok.
     
  7. caatstalker

    caatstalker New Member

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    it will work i have a 30 gal bait well i leave hooked up all time ( in fishing season 12 mts )LOL JUST CHANGED 12 v pump this year. 5 yr old , i run it off a spare batt. with a small charger attached puls about 10 amps. no prob, keeps bait for mts pearch/ shad /minnows just clean couple times a year. just make sure ur spray is hard like 3/64 holes with like 750gph pump will work fine. one prob after about a week u need a throw net to catch them suckers they will jump over ur scoop . i also use a commercial shad keeper. in bait tank keep below 75 degrees. good luckl
     
  8. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    hook it up to a 12v battery charger, or cut the end off of a 12v wall adapter (like a video game adapter) splice wires and attach. just make sure you have polarities correct or your pump will run hot. you can get those 12v adapters all day long at thrift stores for $1 or even $.50.
     
  9. solomon

    solomon New Member

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    I bought an adapter at radio shack. It converts AC to 12V DC at max 1200 mA. The aerator has a 4 amp fuse so that should work right?
     
  10. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    I would think 1200 Ma should be Ok, I doubt the pump pulls more than 1 amp.
    1000 Ma = 1 Amp.

    The Amp rating my be on the pump.
     
  11. solomon

    solomon New Member

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    Hooked it up today and it works great. I just need to change out the pvc spray bar for one with much smaller holes. It's not creating enough bubbles.