laptop power

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 12:50
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Ok might seem like a silly question... but here goes anyay :P

I have recently aquired a laptop to run Ozi and just wondering what is the best/easiest way to power it.
I take it i will need a 12v - 240v inverter of some sort? and if so where abouts from and how much will it cost?

Im in Perth, so if any locals know of a good place to get it from ....

Cheers
Troy
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 12:59

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 12:59
Troy
what brand of laptop and what voltage does the power adaptor supply. You may be able to plug it straight into the 12V outlet. I have been able to do this with a Toshiba that nominally eats 15V.
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Follow Up By: Member - Troy - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 13:07

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 13:07
Bob,

It's a Toshiba A10...
On the little transformer box it says...
"Input 100-240V~ 1.2-0.6A"
50-60Hz
"Output 15V - 5A"

Don't know if this is any help...

Troy
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:25

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:25
Troy
Jaycar have a power plug to suit. I Also bought a cig lighter plug and cable for about $7 and have a power adaptor for less than $10 plus a little soldering.rjallan
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:27

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:27
If you can't access the parts let me know
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Reply By: Member - George (WA) - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:06

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:06
Troy,

Jaycar in Newcastle Street West Perth.
300W inverter, around $140, I have been using it constantly to power my laptop.
Just plug the laptop AC adaptor straight to the inverter

Cheers
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Reply By: Jimbo - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:18

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:18
K Mart or Dick Smith have a 150 watt inverter for about $65.

Jim.
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Reply By: Phil P - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 15:36

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 15:36
Hi Troy,

You can buy a Switchmode DC-DC Inverter from Jaycar MP3462 for $89.50.

Output voltage features 7 different voltages to suit most laptops 15V, 16V, 18V, 19V and 20VDC @ 3.5A regulated and 22V, 24VDC @ 2.9A regulated

Much safer than having 240v inside the car !
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (WA) - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 16:01

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 16:01
that sounds like the one i use. my laptop runs ok its 19volt
i think i got mine from terlin in canning vale
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Reply By: theratt - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 16:25

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 16:25
Troy , i had a lot of problems with my inverter to power my toshiba TE2000
inverter kept tripping out every 5 minutes borrowed another off a freind to see if my inverter was at fault, and still didnt work with a 300 watt unit
whent to dick smith store and got a Kerio charger for laptops works perfect.
also makes more sense than going from 12v to 240v then back to 15v
was around 130$ i think from memory
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Follow Up By: Member - Troy - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 16:32

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 16:32
Yeh i wasnt sure if they only came as a 12v --> 240v inverter...
Not the most experienced in elecie type stuff..

Thanks heaps for all the info though it's been very informative :D

Cheers guys
Troy
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Follow Up By: Member - Ken - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 23:26

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 23:26
Troy

I wasted a sh$tload of $ trying to get something that would produce 19V @ 5A and the best I could do was 19V @ 3.5A using a DC - DC converter from JAYCAR.

That was until I found out about the KERIO

The Kerio is the ONLY way to go if you want your Laptop to perform correctly and without and fear of a surge, spike, drag, jolt, fart etc etc etc.

Mine cost $89 in a DS store in Melbourne.

Ken Robinson
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 18:23

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 18:23
I have a 150watt Pure Sinewave inverter from Jaycar which runs the laptop. It is more expensive than other inverters. I also have a Kerio DC charger(plug in cigarette lighter) that works the same in case the inverter plays up(which has happened once).
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 13:51

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 13:51
Willem I used to use my expensive invertor to run the laptop but now use a Kerio which was thrown in when purchasing the new lappy. My invertor costs hundreds of dollars so I'd rather use the cheaper Kerio as the general workhorse with the invertor as backup.
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Reply By: TheWommy - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 12:43

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 12:43
the Kerio adaptor from Dick Smith Electronics is the best and most efficient unit for your vehicle.
The Jaycar unit in a previous post is not a high enough power rating.
http://www.kerio.com.tw
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Reply By: Member - Troy - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 17:12

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 17:12
Sounds like the Kerio is the way to go...

Thanks to everyone for their replies.

Troy
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