Portable Printer

Submitted: Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 08:39
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Unfortunately when we travel we occasionally need to do a bit of work which has to be printed off.

I have found a very small Brother one but it is about $600

Can anyone recommend a small portable printer preferably 12 volt? No need to be multi function just print black and white.
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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:09

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:09
The Brother HL-2130 is a small B & W laser. You could run it off an inverter easily as it usually only on for a few minutes.

The toner (Laser) lasts forever.

I usually get the CP office staff to print me off stuff. Just tee it up before hand and send them an email with an attachment. This gets around the virus problem with a thumb drive.

Cost is usually free or bugger all.

Bill B

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Reply By: dazza62 - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:13

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:13
G'day bks,

We use a Canon iP100 Inkjet whenever we are on the road. Prints in both colour & black & white. Operates from its own battery which charges up easily on 240 volt or an inverter in our case. Have had no issues.

Hardly Normal have them in stock at the moment Harvey Norman

Cheers Dazza
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:15

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:15
Interesting topic that I will also watch.

Currently I use a Brother HL-2135W in our van. This is a 240vac laser mono print only with wireless connectivity. It is cheap at about $70-80 so if it goes bung, just replace it.

Problems are weight, size and 240vac operation although this could be covered with an inverter.

Definitely don't want a wired printer as this restricts where it goes - wireless can be anywhere within about 20-30M.

I have looked at some of the very small printers but they are very expensive to buy and have yet to see a laser - inkjets tend to dry out and replacement cartridges are not cheap. Also most these small printers only do a single sheet feed rather than having a paper tray.

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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:18

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:18
Forgot to mention, using your digital camera for scanning takes away the need for multifunction printers.
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Reply By: Mick T3 - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:35

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:35
I use a $40 Canon Inkjet from Office Works on a 300watt inverter from my car battery. Never any problems. They use little power.

I shook it badly on dirt roads after my springs and shock absorbers went bung, but the thing just keeps on working.

I also drill little holes in the ink cartridges then squirt in cheap ink from Woolworths.

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Reply By: gbc - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:46

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:46
Dedicated 12v portable printers are available, but last time we looked into them for the work utes the price of the ink is stupid expensive compared to the $350 odd for the printer.
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 20:39

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 20:39
Hi bks

We are currently on a 6 month jaunt around the country and are using one of these.

Hewlett Packard Portable Printer

Runs off its own battery, Prints in colour and B&W, scans, copies and works wirelessly.

Have found it to be great for the kids school work, printing of tickets/passes etc. have just finished a ream of paper (500 sheets) and still on the same ink cartridges. Thought it would use more and brought 2 spare sets with us. I have even managed to get it to print from my iPad

Good quality print for under $300


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