When I had a similar one to this a few years ago I just plugged it into the accessory socket in my car and then later on fitted a switch on the dash. I did have a meter in line to start with but it never drew too much.
The plan is to fit a leisure battery in the car when the funds are a bit better but for now it is make do.
Thanks Stefan. I had a look on ebay but I didn't see any mention of sealed lead acid batteries. I may just use it portable, I would need a relay in line so that the radio would get it's power from the car battery when driving and connect the charger.
I have just thought of someone I can ask. A quick trip to PlanetNikon I think.
This is one of the batteries I use when I want to travel relatively light. It is a 12 V 18 Ah SLAB and it lasts for hours at 5 or 10 watts SSB and will even work for a long time if I want to bump it up to 50 watts SSB.
This battery is easy to charge from my solar panel system or with a small AC powered charger at home. I have also plugged it into the lighter plug in the truck to top it off when traveling.
I plan to use this battery on my "back pack radio" I am building.
Yes, I fully agree...but thats not what the Op asked!
Since the chap is fitting a liesure battery in the car though he doesnt seem to be planning on walking too far, so why spend money on higher chemistry when cheap lead will do? I wouldnt. Mind you, a liesure battery also suggests higher power and I cant fathom that either...whats wrong with 4 watts? Still, each to his own.
Well in my van I have a 120ah battery (see post in mobile matters) and I hope to also fit a leisure battery in the car. The 24ah will be used portable but I will still want to charge it in the car/van.
I live in a flat and can't always park right out side of it and if I do it's a case of hanging a cable out of the window of the flat if I need power outside.
I do have a solar panel but it is only a 4.8 watt (Sealey SEASPP03).
Money is very short at the moment so it is a case of making do for now.