Will 436/536 drain car battery if left on for a few hours?

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wise871

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I'm on vacation in Orlando and I'm running trunk discovery. I want to leave my scanner running for about 10 hours so I can record audio and new ID's while at the parks. Will doing this kill my battery? I wanted to keep the 436 running from the hotel but that's not a good option.
 

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Car battery should be just fine. If you want to minimize current draw, kill the backlight and turn down the volume.
 

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Thanks UPMan. This will allow me to log more TG during operation hours.
 

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Thanks UPMan. This will allow me to log more TG during operation hours.
Another nice thing would be to get a Solar powered charger for your car battery,I have one from an ex car dealer that plugs into my diagnostic port of my car.This way the battery doesnt go dead.
 

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Just another point of reference: The AA batteries in the 436 last 6 hours or more. So, the incremental drain on a car battery would be pretty slight.
 

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I recall measuring the current draw on the 536HP and I do not have my notes handy, but I recall the units current draw was less than 200 mA, somewhere in the 160-180 mA range as I recall?
 

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You can always buy a jump box and stuff it in the trunk, that way you don't have to bite your nails off. I like the solar idea. Buy a nice one and you can use it at airports too.
 
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