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Got a question about fishing, that you have never been able to figure out?

Well, along comes old Fishin' Tipster, Weekend Semi-Pro and resident backlash picking champion, with the solution.

After spending a couple of nights in the swamp with the alligators and 'skeeters' because of a broke-down boat, Tipster got modern and got a cellular phone. Great stuff, for sure. That cell phone is right in there with kill switches and life jackets as mandatory safety gear for fishermen.

But, everytime I want to check on the cricket Futures and nightcrawler Market, the dang battery is low. Extra batteries are expensive, spelled 'manybucks'. So are those 12 volt car chargers they tried to sell me.

Well, old Fishin' Tipster, Weekend Semi-Pro and National Backlash Pickin' Champion, has found a tip that is easy to implement and will sure help.

Take a look at the photo. Old Tipster got smart. He went and bought a $6.95 multipurpose charger adapter from Wally-Mart. The charger has 'eleben-teen' different plugs on it to fit nearly all electronic games and other such stuff. Turned out, one of those little jacks fit Tipster's cell phone just right, too. The charger has a number of voltage selections, running from 1.5 volts DC (like a flashlight battery) up to 9 volts DC.

Forget what the voltage of your cell phone battery is. Just go look at the voltage output of that charger stand for it. Most charge at 9 volts DC, even though the battery size is lower. Set the Wally-Mart charger on any range from the size of the phone battery up to 9 volts and you will be fine. Most cell phone have an indicator that tell you when it is charging, so check that and use the lowest voltage setting that still indicates charging is taking place.

The charger adapter in the picture has an output capability of about a watt. That lets Tipster use it to run his 'minner' bucket air pump, instead of using batteries (use a couple of alligator clips to attach to the battery contacts in the bubblier and away you go). The bubblier draws somewhere between 800-1000 milliwatts, so the one watt output is required for that application.

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