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- Let's start with a nice clean square 5-gallon bucket. I used a kitty litter bucket. If you don't have a cat, then I recommend that you visit a local shelter and adopt a nice kitty. Then you will have a good excuse to buy kitty litter in square 5-gallon buckets.
- I used my utility knife to cut a square hole in the center of the bucket lid. I made the hole about one and a quarter inches square (1-1/4"). The hole needs to be large enough for the ends of your extension cord. I also made a hole in each corner to allow for ventilation.
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- If you have chosen to leave out the optional 12-volt lighter socket then you can skip this step. The rest of us need to cut the supply leads for the inverter to a more manageable length.
- I cut mine to one foot long. You can cut this wire with the utility knife against a block of scrap wood or you can get fancy and use a pair of wire cutters. Use the utility knife to carefully cut the insulation back about three-quarters of an inch. Then attach the lighter adapter plug. Of course you can use any 12-volt lighter plug, but most of them are not designed for large wires like these. The plug that I used is from Radio Shack (P.N. 270-036) and in adition to being well constructed, it has finger tighten-able terminals that can take these large wires.
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- OK, so what are you waiting for? Go impress your friends with your near-super-human ability to use appliances in remote locations. Take your best girl to watch a sunset, then show her favorite movie on a cliff wall with your LCD projector and your amazing Juice-Can. (Try it first to be sure the battery will last. You won't be such a hero if you can't play the romantic ending.)
- Don't expext a super long time from this little guy, it is a minimal version. Things that use a lot of watage will drain this quick, but I can use my laptop all day or my practice amplifier for a couple hours. I will work on a heavy duty version, but for more power you can just add a bigger battery and a larger inverter.