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Post by CC on Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:58 am



Does anyone know what power amps the Teleco AT36 booster uses? Ours fitted in the Broadway's wardrobe is constantly on when our 12v power / Sargent control panel is switched on which seems daft especially if relying on battery power while off grid.

Would it be worth trying to add an inline switch so it can be switched off when not in use or is the amount of power drawn neglible and not worth worrying about?

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by Gromit on Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:19 pm

Isn't there a little sliding switch on the right side - just where you can't see it without climbing into the wardrobe? shrugg

There is on ours, and I think it's the same booster as yours. Will check later if you can't find the switch.

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by CC on Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:27 pm

Hi There Dave

Read your post earlier and checked but no switch on the booster fitted to ours, wondering if yours is the updated version? 

Even unscrewed it to double check detective
in case I just wasn't looking hard enough! 



As I suspected there doesn't seem to be any way to turn it off? 

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by Gromit on Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:16 pm

A bit late now so I'll have a look for you tomorrow.

Looks like an in-line switch is needed for yours, though I doubt if it consumes a significant amount of power. Every little saved has to be good though, if you don't have a solar panel.

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by Peter Brown on Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:55 am

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Does anyone know what power amps the Teleco AT36 booster uses? Ours fitted in the Broadway's wardrobe is constantly on when our 12v power / Sargent control panel is switched on which seems daft especially if relying on battery power while off grid.

Would it be worth trying to add an inline switch so it can be switched off when not in use or is the amount of power drawn neglible and not worth worrying about?

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Teleco don't quote power consumption and its not shown on the label I can see on your second photo. Even with very small consumption, anything that is on full time when off hookup is reducing battery capacity so I would install a switch.

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by Gromit on Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:31 am

Hi CC

I really am going senile. blushes

My booster is different to yours, but the switch is quite visible on the left. It's the fairly useless Maxview signal finder that has the hidden switch! shrugg

My booster also has a plug-in 12 volt connection.

If it's of any interest I have a brand new and unused Vision Plus signal booster that you can have for nowt! It's identical to this one except the writing is a different colour.

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/status-signal-booster-caravanning-tv-accessory-p116626

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by CC on Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:49 pm

Thanks for the offer Dave... But I'm pretty sure the status booster wouldn't be compatible with the Teleco, cheers anyway.

I've had a good search around and as Peter says I can't seem to find any figures showing what power the booster draws, it's probably not much but all the same I'd be happier if I could isolate it, there's not much cable to play with so putting a switch inline might be more bother than it's maybe worth.

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by Peter Brown on Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:54 pm

Cruising Comet wrote:Thanks for the offer Dave... But I'm pretty sure the status booster wouldn't be compatible with the Teleco, cheers anyway.

I've had a good search around and as Peter says I can't seem to find any figures showing what power the booster draws, it's probably not much but all the same I'd be happier if I could isolate it, there's not much cable to play with so putting a switch inline might be more bother than it's maybe worth.

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If you put an inline connector to a new piece of wire as far back in the trunking as you can get you should have two good lengths to run to a switch.

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by Gromit on Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:40 pm

Have you prised the front off that trunking CC, and had a look inside?

You may not need to do what Peter suggests if the wiring is anything like mine. When I wanted to link into the 12 volt wires feeding the booster to power the Maxview signal finder as well, I found plenty of spare wire looped inside the trunking, and could easily have pulled out several inches.

(In the event we went away before I could do it, and having now tried the Maxview with its battery power and been severely underwhelmed by it's performance, I shall not bother with a feed from the hab battery. It will probably go over the nearest hedge - but that's another story.)

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by CC on Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:51 pm

I'll have a look when I get a mo Dave, good point just presumed that was it but as you say could be some spare tucked away up!

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by Gram on Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:26 pm

Having just measured it - the Teleco AT36 aerial amplifier on my van draws 40mA.

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by CC on Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:51 pm

Gram wrote:Having just measured it - the Teleco AT36 aerial amplifier on my van draws 40mA.

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Thanks Gram... So that's 001 amp I believe? 


Probably not worth worrying about would you say? 
I'm not very educated in this electrickery Stuff hugegrins (as if you can't tell) 




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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by brodco on Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:21 pm

Hi wave

Gram wrote:Having just measured it - the Teleco AT36 aerial amplifier on my van draws 40mA.

CC wrote:Thanks Gram... So that's 001 amp I believe? 

Er not quite - it's 0.04A scratch head

That suggests it'll take the battery down by nearly 1Ah per day. Actually it'll be less than that because it's such a small current but still not totally insignificant (to put it into context it's double what my alarm takes).

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by CC on Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:45 pm

Thanks Brod... Ahh ok maybe I should look to get an inline switch fitted as before then, thanks for the correction hugegrins Whistle1

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by Gram on Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:30 pm

On my Symbol not only is the aerial amplifier permanently powered up (when the control panel is On), the TV is also (albeit on Standby).

The TV, an Avtex W102D, draws 50mA (0.05 Amps) on Standby.

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Re: Teleco AT36 Booster

Post by CC on Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:07 am

Same here unless we faff about unplugging it. We got a new Avtex TV at the show to replace our current one, uses a max of 24w whereas the one we had used 40w so a reasonable power saving.

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