Laptop and GPS Power

Submitted: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 22:32
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Been looking around for a way of keeping a laptop and a GPS receiver powered while in the car.
Laptop wise, it looks like I can go the inverter way, of which I am under belief that I will need a true sine inverter, or I can go for an in car charger, of which I have found a few on E-Bay. These range from $10 up.
I am also trying to supply power to a Leadtek 9537 Bluetooth GPS, I purchased this with my Destinator software from Johnny Appleseed. As it has a charger similar to mobile phones, it doesn't take a universal plug at all. I'm not sure what to do here.

I'm interested to hear what others are doing for power for similar products.

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Reply By: F4Phantom - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 23:51

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 23:51
use an inverter, take your gps back to johny and get a mouse USB gps.
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Follow Up By: yoda - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 00:43

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 00:43
I found I could get connectors from GPSOZ. f they haven't got one, they make them.
I can connect my old Garmin to either my superannuated Laptop or to my PDA. Incidentally The laptop takes too much room. I suggest getting Oziexplorer for the PDA if you have one and use that.
I now use a CF card GPS, but most people seem to use a Blue tooth GPS.
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Reply By: Grizzle - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 10:34

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 10:34
Cut your existing lead and put an easily obtainable plug in between. I did this with my Navman 4400 GPS reciever. I have a PDA car mount which has a 21v outlet and I can plug into this. I do this will things like camping fridges etc (using Anderson Plugs to join) then you don't need loads of different adaptors. You just need to make sure that the voltage and current ratings are correct.

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Reply By: OLLY - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 18:28

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 18:28
I just bought a DELL laptop and got them to throw in the adapter to run it on 12v in the car and at this stage every thing looks good, sorry I can't help with the GPS hookup but. When you get back to work (whatever day that will be) come and see me and I'll have a yarn to you if you want.


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Reply By: Member - Gomax (VIC) - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 19:24

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 19:24
I wired my Leadtek 9537 direct to 2nd vehicle battery using a fused cig lighter socket from Jaycar connected to GPS charger lead. All tucked under dash with lead up through vent. Velcro GPS to dash near windscreen.
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Reply By: Darren from Gladstone & Districts Four Wheel Drive - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 21:24

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 21:24
Thanks Olly, your a wealth of info, you should get paid more. I'll see what I can do.

Gomax, can't remember where you got the charger from for the GPS hey. What you've done is exactly what I want to do.

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Follow Up By: Member - Gomax (VIC) - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 08:57

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 08:57
Mine came with unit from

Suggest give them an email

from memory is same as a nokia charger,

recommend getting a spare battery as well.
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Reply By: Robin - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:15

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:15
Several of use just run Laptop via a direct connection to car battery which is very efficent and low cost.

Depends what voltage yours requires , my Toshiba for instance requires 14.4v
and can hence be directly connected by making up a lead .

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