Friday, December 09, 2005

Deal of the century or dud of the week?

I'm always on the look out for a bargain, especially when it comes to astronomy related equipment for as any British "mug" interested in astronomy will know, here in this green and pleasant land, prices for toys to feed our hobby are quite literally astronomical when compared to other countries, especially the USA. Inevitably we all end up as mugs by paying over the top prices resulting in each and every one of us feeling mugged! Therefore, enough of this mugging mania! Here's a bargain for you. LIDL, that bastion of cheap food, that super market chain any respectful Waitrose regular would not be seen dead at, has just put up this portable 12V/7A power pack. These little boxes of energy are invaluable to us astronomers as they can be used to power our 'scopes and other related equipment. Be careful to make sure the voltage and amp rating is compatible with your equipment or you may end up frying something you paid a lot of money for. If you're not sure, try posting a comment in helpful chat forums where you’ll find many-a-spod ready, willing and able to furnish you with the most detailed information would care to know about. Be warned, because of the way LIDL manage links on their web site, the above link to the power pack may not work after a few days of this blog entry. If the page doesn’t work, here’s a picture of said power pack to help you find it in-store the next time you pluck up the courage to sneak in to LIDL with your hoody on (so that no one you know recognises you) ;-)


  • Practical mobile power supply for 12V equipment
  • With 12V/7Ah rechargeable accumulator battery
  • Power supply options:
  • - Integrated 12V cigarette lighter socket
  • - Power socket
  • - 3, 4.5, 6, 9 and 12 V jacks
  • LED battery status indicator
  • Size (cm): 20 x 8 x 17.5
  • 3 Year manufacturer’s warranty

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