In car laptop chargers

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 11:05
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I purchased the $12.95 one from Crazysales and have tried it on my Versa L2200 laptop and it works perfectly.

It puts out 19V at 5Amps, my laptop draws 3.16 amps.

I let it run for at least 30 minutes and the product did not get over hot and kept my Laptop battery fully charged.
The fittings that came with it fitted O.K. so at this stage, no problems.

Postage costs were an additional $6.

Just for information.

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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 11:27

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 11:27
Sounds like a bargain!
Hope it holds up long-term wise, but it sounds ok.
How is it for radio interference?
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - MR 1927 (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 13:44

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 13:44
As far as long term is concerned only time will tell.

No radio interference at all.

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Follow Up By: Member - MR 1927 (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 13:49

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 13:49
Sorry I misread the pamphlet, the output is 3.5amp not 5 as I said earlier.
Still enough to power my laptop.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 20:06

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 20:06
Did you just leave your laptop sitting turned on but not doing anything.
If You did it will be just idling but should you start it doing something like writing a DVD and checking Email at the same time you will find it will be using a fair bit more powe.
r I tried a smalll one on my Presario and it was fine till I started giving it a bit to do and then the thing overheated so I bought a bigger capacity one
A Projecta 6000 $69 from Battery World. Doesnt get hot at all
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Follow Up By: Member - MR 1927 (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 20:15

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 20:15
Thanks Graham,
Yes it was doing something, however not connected to internet, merely loading maps and using word processor.
I tried Battery World at Tweed Heads for the Projecta6000 but was told it is now out of production awaiting an 8000 towards the end of January.

Will have a look at it when available and maybe change but you don't know until you try and after all $18 is not a lot these days.

Thanks for your interest.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 21:15

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 21:15
$18 is not a lot these days.

It could be if its an unregulated cheapie that stuffs your battery. I would run it without the battery in until you get a decent one.

Lately I have found that you get what you pay for and that cheapest can work out expensive in the long run.
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Reply By: Leroy - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 12:16

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 12:16
Sounds like a bargain.

Leroy
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 15:53

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 15:53
I bought a multi charger version for around $20 that includes all the different plugs and selectable voltage switch, supports up to 4.0 amps. I only plan to use it once a year so not too concerned.
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Reply By: mikeyandmary - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 20:54

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 20:54
I think you'll find that the cheaper chargers are all unregulated. I use a 12v charger for my laptop regularly but it cost a LOT more than $12.95 (iGo cost about$80 from Dick Smith).

The switchmode chargers cost a lot more but provide cleaner power (or at least that is what I have read on the net and found from experience). I guess it's like comparing modified sinewave and pure sinewave inverters. The modified wave will do but the pure wave is much better.

I hope your charger serves you well you may want to check to make sure it's not going to cause any damage. A good charger costs a lot less than a new laptop...

Have fun :-)
Michael
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