Does a 6 volt lantern battery have enough amps to trip a 6 volt choke solenoid?

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Does a 6 volt lantern battery have enough amps to trip a 6 volt choke solenoid?

Postby outboardnut » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:22 am

The 6 volt choke solenoid I have does not work with my 6 volt battery.
I was wondering if the lantern battery had enough amps to activate it.
I even hooked up three 6 volt batteries in parallel circuit
I did a continuity test of the 6 volt choke solenoid and it was ok.
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Re: Does a 6 volt lantern battery have enough amps to trip a 6 volt choke solenoid?

Postby Buccaneer » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:10 pm

No idea on the batteries, but I used my old battery charger
with the 6v charging option, when I tested my 6v choke.

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Re: Does a 6 volt lantern battery have enough amps to trip a 6 volt choke solenoid?

Postby outboardnut » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:02 pm

My charger only does 12 volts
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Re: Does a 6 volt lantern battery have enough amps to trip a 6 volt choke solenoid?

Postby XR55 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:45 pm

No , you need a motorcycle or garden tractor 6volt battery as a minimum. Or maybe a HO DC output model train transformer.

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Re: Does a 6 volt lantern battery have enough amps to trip a 6 volt choke solenoid?

Postby wbeaton » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:25 pm

A lantern battery should provide more than enough amps to actuate the 6V choke solenoid. However, if your 6V battery will turn the starter then your choke solenoid or it’s wiring is damaged.
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Re: Does a 6 volt lantern battery have enough amps to trip a 6 volt choke solenoid?

Postby Garry in Tampa » Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:26 am

It will when new, but it won't crank the motor. . . :?
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Re: Does a 6 volt lantern battery have enough amps to trip a 6 volt choke solenoid?

Postby outbdnut2 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:45 am

It doesn't do the battery any good - the choke solenoid is approx 6/10 ohm which draws 10 amps at 6 volts. Spiking a lantern battery like that may cause it to develop leaks, and, like Garry said, it won't last long. An alkaline lantern battery is a mess of AA cells wired in a series/parallel configuration. A carbon-zinc lantern battery may not work at all.
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