We have many customers who have inquired about using their MarCELL in a smaller vehicle or RV without standard electrical outlets. This can be done fairly easily by replacing the standard power adapter that comes with your MarCELL unit. Read below for additional information: Powering your MarCELL off of a “cigarette lighter / 12V port”. This method can be done in a car, boat, RV or any type of vehicle that has a standard 12V accessory port that looks like this:
Your MarCELL device requires 5V @ 2A power delivered via a 2.5mm x 5.5mm barrel connector. There are many adapters and cables which fit this specification available on Amazon and Ebay. The easiest way to find this combination is to get a Cigarette Lighter Socket to USB 5V adapter. Again, you need 2 amp minimum output on this adapter.
The following adapter is just one example of many available: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M6QODH2?aaxitk=csk8qWVHXp9qPabIpl3G7A
Note that many newer car models include USB power adapters already so depending on the vehicle, you may not even need this adapter. Just make sure the output of your USB connector is 5V (5 volts) at a minimum of 2A (a amps).
You then need a cable with a USB connector at one end and a 2.5mm / 5.5mm barrel connector at the other end. Here is just one example on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JXJITS/ref=sxbs_sxwds-stvp_3?
So to power your MarCELL in your vehicle, you would simply replace the plug-in adapter which came with your MarCELL with a USB adapter and cable as outlined above. Your MarCELL would be powered by your vehicle’s battery and would report issues as usual. Note that the standard rules for locating your MarCELL (like not in direct sunlight) would still apply. Also, since warm air rises, locating the MarCELL higher in the vehicle (or at least at a height at or above the height of your pet) will give you a more accurate reading of what they are experiencing.
Not all 12V ports in a vehicle are powered when the vehicle engine is not running. Most late model vehicles have many power ports and only specific ports may remain powered once the engine is turned off. Before using your MarCELL in a vehicle, it would be wise to identify if you have a power port that remains powered once the engine is switched off . If you do, it is safest to use this port as the car battery would be able to power your MarCELL for very long periods of time.