12v Sports Hooter And Amperage Advice

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Ugraa, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. Ugraa

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    Mar 26, 2015
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    Hi first time poster here,

    I have a few questions, I have planned to put together a small and cheap electronic relay circuit to power a hooter for my local touch football club using 2 small relay boards (see below link). Everything in the relay circuit works correctly and i have tested it with a 12v pc fan. I picked up a twin 12v air horn set that would usually be installed into a car to use as the hooter, however I neglected to take into account how much current the hooter compressor would draw (around 8amps). My 240v AC - 12v DC power supply only provides 1amp. As i have limited electronics knowledge and this was more of a project for myself, I now need to find out how/if I can provide about 8amps to power the compressor.

    I started doing a little research and found a DC-DC booster which can apparently increase the voltage as well as amps(see below link). I would only need to maintain the original 12v DC voltage and increase the amps with the on board dial. This sounds too easy... maybe I am over thinking it.

    If I were to replace the hooter with something that has a lower amperage draw, It would need it to still be loud enough to hear possibly a few 100 meters away at distant fields.

    Final points
    • Is a DC-DC booster a viable option
    • Will finding a power supply with a higher amp output cause damage to my circuit
    • Can a capacitor be implemented into the circuit which the compressor can draw from to run
    I am open to all ideas and suggestions. Sorry if I come across a bit silly, but I am still only very new to the electronics world. Any help will be much appreciated.

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    Cheers

    Pat
     
  2. MikeML

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    Power in = Power out minus losses. If you boost voltage, you unboost current. If you boost current, you unboost voltage such that the product of Vin*Iin > Vout*Iout. (Laws of thermodynamics cannot be violated)

    Me thinks you need a bigger power supply, or a big lead-acid battery. You can charge a big battery with your 1A supply as a charger; it just takes longer...
     
  3. Ugraa

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    Ok no worries, thanks for the reply. So if i was to get a 12v power supply that was say 6-8 amps that should do the trick.
     
  4. djsfantasi

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    If the hooter compressor draws around 8A, you need a supply that can supply 8A or more. 6A won't be enough.
     
  5. MikeML

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    How often, and for how long are you using the horn.?

    If you are using a 12V Sealed Lead Acid battery of about 5Ah capacity, allowing for losses, you could operate the horn for a total of about 20min before the battery needs recharging. I am assuming that the battery is not being recharged during the game (no ac available), and would be recharged at home in between games...

    I would need to know more about your 1A supply to determine if it is suitable as a battery charger or not...
     
  6. bwilliams60

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    Why don't you get yourself an air pig and just carry it around in a duffle bag? No compressor or electrical stuff to worry about. (Former hockey and soccer coach :))
     
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