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Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope

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4.5

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  • DC 3V, 6V, and 9V output jacks
  • Removable red filtered flashlight with magnetic back
  • Energy efficient LED spotlight
  • Handy jump-start system - 250 cranking AMPS (5 sec.)
  • Built-in circuit breaker for safety
  • Cigarette lighter adapter included
  • Switchable 110V-220V AC adapter
  • 17-amp-hour battery
  • 2x 12V DC output car jack socket
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Celestron power tank

Description

Compact and Power-full!


The Celestron PowerTank portable power source is a must-have accessory for any astronomer. Best used with the larger NexStar GPS, Advanced Series, and CGE series telescopes, it also will work with Meade telescopes when used with an adapter. The PowerTank 17 contains a rechargeable, 17-ampere-hour battery to ensure you have a LONG time to view with your telescope! Plug the PowerTank into your car's cigarette lighter socket or a regular AC house-current outlet to recharge.


If you're taking your telescope into the dark, the Celestron PowerTank is equipped for nighttime viewing. It provides power for all your celestial adventures and a flashlight to help you find your way home again. It'll even jump-start your car if you left the ignition on!


Features:

 

  • 17-ampere-hour battery
  • Two 12V output cigarette lighter ports
  • 3V, 6V and 9V outputs for accessories
  • Built-in flashlight with red filter cap
  • AM/FM radio
  • Energy efficient LED spotlight
  • Booster terminal on rear side
  • Built-in circuit breaker for safety
  • Cigarette lighter charging adapter
  • AC recharge adapter

 

Unit measures 15 x14 x 6 inches.


Note: The Celestron Power Tank will work with 12V Meade Telescopes but will require the Meade #607 Power Cord to make the proper connection.

 

About Celestron
Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron has grown to become one of the world’s leading telescope makers, enjoying brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. Celestron is also a leading designer, manufacturer, and importer of other high-quality optical products, including binoculars, spotting scopes, and microscopes in addition to their computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories. Their innovative products continue to receive numerous industry and consumer media accolades, adding to an already impressive list that includes awards for product innovation from Reader’s Digest, Popular Science, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, the Consumer Electronics Association, and more. Celestron is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities in Torrance, Calif.

 

Supplier Sku:
18777
Shipping Restrictions:
Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.

Dimensions & Specifications

Weight

17 lbs

Brand

Celestron

Telescope Accessories Series

Celestron Telescope Power Supplies

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Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope
 
4.3

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (34)
  • Strong construction (30)
  • Widely compatible adapter (22)
  • Strong handles (7)
  • Good padding (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (13)
  • Heavy / bulky (7)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (47)
  • Travel (19)
  • Astrophotography (13)
  • Terrestrial viewing (5)
  • Bright conditions (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (32), Avid adventurer (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Celestron Powertank 17

The powertank has very nice features, such as a compartment for carrying the ac adapters and the 12V auto adapter, and a very nice am/fm radio. Recharging is very simple, since it...Read complete review

The powertank has very nice features, such as a compartment for carrying the ac adapters and the 12V auto adapter, and a very nice am/fm radio. Recharging is very simple, since it has a built-in auto shutoff. The only cons is that it is a heavy unit, and I wish Celestron had included a padded shoulder strap as an accesory. The built-in red flashlight/flasher does have a cool cable-winding mechanism, so you can pull it out independently of the the unit. However, it is a tad too bright for astronomical use, and I had to tame mine with a "dimmer" that I built from a paper bag.

I recently had to use it as a seachlight during a tornado outbreak in TN, and it was like turning on a miniature sun. That feature, plus the built-in horn and auto jumper cables makes it a far more useful unit than just a "field telescope power supply"

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Like an old flashlight

I purchased this power pak during Michigans Off season for star gazing, so I left it on the charger.
When I went to use the New Scope I ended up plugging directly...Read complete review

I purchased this power pak during Michigans Off season for star gazing, so I left it on the charger.
When I went to use the New Scope I ended up plugging directly to the truck because this thing was dead.
It won't charge. When I first got it home and charged up it did work, I like the light, and radio was okay, nice carry handle. Great Idea poor quality.

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5.0

Free Shipping...saved me some cash

By Daniel

from OMAHA,NE

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Padding
  • Strong Construction
  • Widely Compatible Adapter

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Travel

    Comments about Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope:

    Thanks for having your deals from time to time...free shipping is great with these heavy Astronomy items!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    looks good

    By Michel

    from CRAWFORDSVILLE,OR

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope:

        I have yet to try this out, my scope is still not ready. Seems to be a good product, not as heavy as I expected.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        just got it

        By Michel

        from CRAWFORDSVILLE,OR

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

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              Comments about Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope:

              The item came in a new box, not used. Parts all there. Haven't used it yet. but looks good.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Versatile

              By Antonio

              from GRAYSLAKE,IL

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Great Backup For Home Use

                Comments about Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope:

                This power tank has all the bells and whistles and can be used for multiple purposes.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Worst than Old Flash Light

                By Star Gazer

                from New Jersey

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Construction
                  • Poor Engineering Design

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope:

                    This product is only good out of the box; after a few months, it does not charge. I left it plugged in and on "CHARGE", but no good. It is worst than an old flash light, at least the broken flash light can be fixed! With this product, there is no user manual or guide book, and so no problem solving guidelines, check list or any instructions and no web support. The unit is fully sealed, so you can not even investigate to find out what is wrong!! I bought this product with my iOptron. Now I am trying to find a replacement power source that will work.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Gear

                    By Enrico

                    from TINLEY PARK,IL

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy
                      • Astrophotography

                      Comments about Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope:

                      I bought this power tank to supplement the smaller one I bought a year ago. Together they should be able to power my CGEM mount and dew heaters far into the night.

                      The item arrived within 3 days of purchase, well packaged and undamaged. It came fully charged right out of the box. All features on it work as expected. This is a pretty big power tank, and appears to be well made. I look forward to using it for a long time to come. Unfortunately, I will have to wait to see how it performs in the field before I can give it an unqualified thumbs up, but so far, so good.

                      In the event it disappoints, I will update my review.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      4.0

                      Nice unit so far

                      By Edward

                      from AUBURN,NY

                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Astronomy

                        Comments about Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope:

                        I finally had a chance to try it out under the stars to power my Astrozap Dew heater with 3 heater bands. Everything worked as promised. The radio isn't the greatest but it wasn't purchased for that reason. The flashlight is very bright and really helps when it comes time to pack up for the evening.
                        I still need to use it numerous times to get a handle on how long the power lasts before recharging. In summary, so far so good. Will reassess after I get the Orion 10 in got to dob that I plan to get soon!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Nice unit

                        By Edward

                        from AUBURN,NY

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Astronomy

                          Comments about Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope:

                          Came fully charged...Only used once but overall does everything as promised. Will re-review once it's been used and recharged a few times. Looking forward to see how long the charge will last with a dew zapper and go to telescope attached. More to follow

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          4.0

                          Nice

                          By Beatleed

                          from Central New York State

                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Astronomy

                              Comments about Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope:

                              Recieved my order in excellent time. Actually less than a week after placing it. First impressions....the unit came fully charged which was an unexpected perk. Bought this unit to power my astrozap dew heater and the go to scope I plan on getting soon. Although the clouds put a damper on my first night out, I did a dry run through and everything seems to be working as promised. The instructions are a little lax in detail but everything is pretty straight forward. The plastic on the lights looks like it could be fragile but the unit seems to be solidly built. I've read horror stories about the unit not charging properly down the road but that could be operator error as the instructions are very specific as to the recharging criteria.
                              All in all....satisfied so far.....I will write a follow up after a few sessions under the stars to determine the battery life. So far so good........clear skies!

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              5.0

                              You might as well buy the big one

                              By Sergio

                              from FORT WORTH,TX

                              About Me Avid Adventurer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • 3 Different Power Adapter
                              • Easy To Read Directions
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Anything Inside Or Out
                              • Astronomy
                              • Astrophotography
                              • Bright Conditions
                              • Terrestrial Viewing
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour for any Celestron Computerized Telescope:

                              for the price here you might as well buy the big one. You can hook up a small heater and telescope. just buy the big one so you don't have to worry about running out of power for the night.

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                              • No

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                              Customer Q & A

                              Q1: Can I use the Power Tank 17 12v Power Supply 17 Amp Hour in Europe (220 volt)? Thank you

                              A: Yes, the power tank can be used in Europe. You may need to have an adapter to allow plug compatiblity.

                              Q2: I want to power my Nexstar C11 GPS with the power tank 17 do I need to purchase any connecting cables to be able to d othis please? Regards Brian

                              A: No, actually the power cable will come with everything that you need.

                              Q3: Hello there, Will I be able to use this product with my Meade ETX-125? If not, do you have a corresponding product? Thanx! :)

                              A: Yes, the Celestron Power Tank 17 will work with the Meade ETX-125. You'll need the Meade #607 DC power cord to go with it. Here's the URL; just paste it into your browser's address window: http://telescopes.com/products/meade-607-dc-power-cord-wcigarette-lighter-adapter-6342.html.

                              Q4: I have a Celestron 8 Schmidt and a Meade Quartz LX. If I get the 670 power cord, can I use this power supply with both scopes?

                              A: Yes, you can use the Celestron Power Tank 17 with both telescopes, providing you have the proper DC power cord for each.

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