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I have a land line at my cabin but no electricity. I would

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I have a land line at my cabin but no electricity. I would like an answering machine. The one I have is
JA: How old is the phone?
Customer: Cont... the answer machine is new with a power adaptor (input 117V AC, 60 Hz / output 6V AC, 350 mA ) A few years ago I successfully cut off an answer machine posed adapter and wired it to a car battery - it worked for a summer. I no longer have the directions on how to do this but think I could do it again, only with a smaller battery or even one of the square batteries used in some lanterns. Any guidance?
JA: How long has this been going on? What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: Just trying to adapt an answering machine to my phone line. Is 6V answer machine workable?
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Customer: Thank you
Submitted: 2 months ago.
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Expert:  Russell H. replied 2 months ago.

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That approach - powering the answering machine off a lead-acid small automotive-type battery - might work, *if* the answering machine has a 12 V DC input. Does it?