radios in package cars

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by dragos, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. dragos

    dragos New Member

    i was wondering if anyone knew where you could hook battery clips in a 800 to power a radio? I know i could hook on the battery but its not the safest place so i was wondering if there is anywhere else i could hook in to.
  2. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    Nine volt battery works nice.
  3. dragos

    dragos New Member

    it is one of those new milwaukee radios the 12volt battery sucks so i dont think a 9 volt will work any other ideas
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Check with the shop--they may be able to help you.
  5. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    I'm quite sure hooking them to the truck in any way is not allowed anymore as we had two or three trucks catch fire in our building because one had a radio hot wired.
  6. alwaysoverallowed

    alwaysoverallowed Active Member

    Don't hook it up to your pc it's considered theft, ups pays for dead batteries; it's also been covered in the grievance panel. Just get one that's rechargeable, ryobi makes one and their battery is interchangeable with a flashlight; very useful in the mid-Atlantic after daylight savings.
  7. cachsux

    cachsux Wah


    Red to Red, use your head.

    Red to Black, ahhahh ahhh put it out, put it out.
  8. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    If you want to have a long career with UPS DON'T try hooking your radio up to the power supply on your package car.

    Spend a little money and get a rechargable battery or do what most of us drivers do leave your radio at home.
  9. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    You didnt hear this from me, but....

    If your P-800 is an 80's or early 90's vintage GMC model, it has a toggle switch above the bulkhead door for the cab and package compartment lights.

    Its a "3-way" switch, with 3 blades on the back side. The middle blade is always hot. You can run the wires from your radio up above the door, held in place with a bulldog clamp, and connect your hot wire to that middle blade with a roach clip. The metal plate that the toggle switch is mounted on is grounded to the body of the vehicle, so your negative wire can clamp on to that with another roach clip.

    This is a safer method because you are hooking into a circuit that has its own fuse, so if you have a brain fart and get the wires crossed you will blow a fuse instead of starting a fire. Do not ever hook anything directly up to the battery.

    The better choice would be to not hook anything up at all, but if you are gonna do it anyway then make sure you do it right.
  10. Bubblehead

    Bubblehead My Senior Picture

    What's a roach clip?
  11. brownedout

    brownedout New Member

    LOL! I was waiting for that! Sober... I'll leave the "honors" for you. Drumroll (buzzzzzzz)
  12. Nimnim

    Nimnim The Nim

  13. tourists24

    tourists24 Well-Known Member

    black and decker radio.jpg
    This is a black and decker radio with a rechargeable battery. You can also play your ipod or mp3 with it. Play it all day and take it home for a recharge at night. Best radio Ive ever had on the package car. Only one speaker but it is loud enough to listen to over the engine noise
    black and decker radio.jpg
  14. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

  15. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    They are also known as "alligator clips" ....which makes no sense to me because I have never tried to smoke an alligator.
  16. Big Babooba

    Big Babooba Well-Known Member

    We'll let you plead the 5th about smoking a roach.:wink2:
  17. upsman68

    upsman68 Active Member

    We don't leave our radios at home in our center. I say about 75 percent of drivers use a Milwaukee or Dewalt radio.

    They are nice plus you can hook up your ipod to it and also has a 12v hookup on the back to charge your phone or do you leave that at home also? :)
  18. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I still have my radio (complete with roach clips). Served me well for many years- infact I still use it in my camper. :happy2:
  19. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    Do you still use the roach clips for other things.....:wink2:just wondering, I did grow up in the '70s.
  20. rod

    rod retired and happy

    :happy2: I will admit that in my youth and while in Vietnam I did partake in a little wacky tabaccy but its been many years since I've indulged. Now if it were made legal tomorrow - who knows. I have a feeling my first toke would go something like this video I took of my old p/t preload sup::happy-very: