5.4 Power Source

STS Telemetry Systems require a 12V battery to operate. Solinst recommends using a 12-30 AHr deep-cycle, rechargeable sealed lead-acid battery. The STS Assembly is configured in the enclosure to fit a battery up to 7.5" (190 mm) across, 6.0" (152 mm) deep into the enclosure, and 6.5" (165 mm) in height.


It is required to use a 12V battery, even if using an additional external power source.

The battery is connected to the “Battery” connection on the Distribution Box, using the Solinst supplied Battery Cable (#108836), complete with an 8 Amp SLO-BLO fuse. The red wire is connected to the positive terminal on the battery, and the black wire to the negative terminal. There are also connections for an AC/DC battery charger or solar panel. Setting up alternate power sources is discussed in Section 6.1.

Estimated battery life of a 12V battery is based on the frequency of the Sample and Report Rates you set using the STS Software. These estimates are discussed in Section 6.1.