Also, the LED is way too bright By Guest
Forgot to mention that in my previous review.
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Works, but needs improvement By Guest
The biggest failing of this device is the 8VDC regulator in the cigarette plug, rather than the battery case. Hams are used to nominal 12VDC from the "lighter" port. I wanted to convert to power poles, and I'm glad I checked the voltage on the wires. Not glad that I cut the cord, but now at least I made it longer.
A better solution would be something that would work, or could be modified to work, with the Powerwerx CigBuddy - which I have. And also which would work with the Powerpole distribution block I use in my shack. The AT-D868 will be, mainly, used for base station in my case.
Having the cord exit at the bottom is a little problematic when using the Nifty HT stand. I had thoughts of slotting this stand to run the power cord through the stand, but of course the cigarette connector is too large. The power cord prevents using the shelf supplied with the Nifty stand.
A really good solution would be a 5.5 × 2.5 mm coaxial power connector to the battery case - there are variants of these with retention grooves. Perhaps a right-angle would be best. And, as mentioned, put the 8VDC regulator in the case, so the battery eliminator can be hooked into typical ham power supply voltage.
I suspect Powerwerx doesn't spec these - they're rebranded from Anytone, so perhaps no prospect for an improved v.2, but I'd buy it if it were to be produced.
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