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Auto power for PowerBook G4?

Message #1 - Posted 2006/02/26 - EverReady

Hey there

Anyone have a suggestion for powering my PowerBook G4 while in the car?

Larry Jackson

Message #2 - Posted 2006/02/26 - Roy Smith

Previously, EverReady wrote:

Hey there

Anyone have a suggestion for powering my PowerBook G4 while in the car?

Larry Jackson

Buy a cheap inverter
(http://store.yahoo.com/brohmsonlinesales/dctoacpowin1.html) to plug into your cigarette lighter to give you 110V AC and plug your powerbook recharger into that.

Message #3 - Posted 2006/02/26 - Davoud

EverReady wrote:

Anyone have a suggestion for powering my PowerBook G4 while in the car?

A simple Google search will lead you to many Automobile Power Adapters for PowerBooks. Many of them also work on airliners. You /have/ heard of Google, right?

Roy Smith:

Buy a cheap inverter
(http://store.yahoo.com/brohmsonlinesales/dctoacpowin1.html) to plug into your cigarette lighter to give you 110V AC and plug your powerbook recharger into that.

Bzzzzzt! Sorry, wrong answer! See above.

Davoud

usenet *at* davidillig dawt com

Message #4 - Posted 2006/02/27 - EverReady

Yes I have heard of Google. Was hoping someone who has used one of the ittems I might find through a Google search would reply letting me what their thoughts good or bad were. Also just so know some of these site have power inverters listed an option for prodiving power while in the car, so the answer was not wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Larry Jackson

Message #5 - Posted 2006/02/27 - lunar_dawn

On 27 Feb 2006 08:33:28 -0800
EverReady wrote:

Yes I have heard of Google. Was hoping someone who has used one of the ittems I might find through a Google search would reply letting me what their thoughts good or bad were. Also just so know some of these site have power inverters listed an option for prodiving power while in the car, so the answer was not wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Larry Jackson

Well it's a bit silly to use a power inverter to power something that will run off your cigarette lighter with a simple adapter,isn't it????????????????????????????????????????????????

ld

Message #6 - Posted 2006/02/27 - dancingbrook

Try Kensington. They are a good company. A attachment on my adapter busted after several years use. I called to buy a replacement but they had discontinued the product and had no parts. So they sent me two products in replacement for free (I had a dual AC/DC inverter and they now sell those as 2 separate products, and thus sent me both).

Message #7 - Posted 2006/02/27 - dancingbrook

BTW: A power inverter is also a good option if you only want car use. A DC adapter will likely give you airline use as well.

Message #8 - Posted 2006/02/27 - Richard Tomkins

I purchased a small 75 watt unit from Canadian Tire for around $35.00 CAD. It has a set of binding posts, which can be connected to a cigarette lighter or up at the cottage, if I had one, it can be connected to a stand alone 12VDC source, such as a marine battery in a boat. The unit has a digital display, it tells you the input voltage, the output voltage and the current draw and also has a built-in cooling fan. I put a scope on the output and it was a nice clean sine wave under load.

rtt

"EverReady" <everready@boardermail.com> wrote in message news:1141058008.623510.271010@e56g2000cwe.googlegroups.com...

Yes I have heard of Google. Was hoping someone who has used one of the ittems I might find through a Google search would reply letting me what their thoughts good or bad were. Also just so know some of these site have power inverters listed an option for prodiving power while in the car, so the answer was not wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Larry Jackson

Message #9 - Posted 2006/02/28 - Randy Howard

lunar_dawn wrote (in a previous article):

On 27 Feb 2006 08:33:28 -0800 "EverReady wrote:

Yes I have heard of Google. Was hoping someone who has used one of the ittems I might find through a Google search would reply letting me what their thoughts good or bad were. Also just so know some of these site have power inverters listed an option for prodiving power while in the car, so the answer was not wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Larry Jackson

Well it's a bit silly to use a power inverter to power something that will run off your cigarette lighter with a simple adapter,isn't it????????????????????????????????????????????????

No, it isn't. Because, if you have an inverter, you can power any of dozens or hundreds of devices, but if you buy an adapter for everything you might want to use in the car, you could be out orders of magnitude more money.

Randy Howard (2reply remove FOOBAR)
"The power of accurate observation is called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw

Message #10 - Posted 2006/02/27 - Davoud

lunar_dawn:

Well it's a bit silly to use a power inverter to power something that will run off your cigarette lighter with a simple adapter,isn't it?

Randy Howard:

No, it isn't. Because, if you have an inverter, you can power any of dozens or hundreds of devices, but if you buy an adapter for everything you might want to use in the car, you could be out orders of magnitude more money.

Yes, it is -- in the context of this thread. The OP didn't ask what he could use to run dozens or hundreds of devices; he asked what he could use to run a PowerBook. The best answer to that is a PowerBook Automobile Adapter.

Please rest assured that, as an amateur astronomer who travels to remote sites with a variety of electrically operated equipment, I have considerable experience with the DC-AC-DC solution, and if the OP /had/ said he wanted to power dozens or hundreds of devices I would have suggested that solution.

Davoud

usenet *at* davidillig dawt com

Message #11 - Posted 2006/02/28 - Randy Howard

Davoud wrote (in a previous article):

lunar_dawn:

Well it's a bit silly to use a power inverter to power something that will run off your cigarette lighter with a simple adapter,isn't it?

Randy Howard:

No, it isn't. Because, if you have an inverter, you can power any of dozens or hundreds of devices, but if you buy an adapter for everything you might want to use in the car, you could be out orders of magnitude more money.

Yes, it is -- in the context of this thread. The OP didn't ask what he could use to run dozens or hundreds of devices; he asked what he could use to run a PowerBook. The best answer to that is a PowerBook Automobile Adapter.

Why is it better?

Randy Howard (2reply remove FOOBAR)
"The power of accurate observation is called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw

Message #12 - Posted 2006/02/28 - Randy Howard

EverReady wrote (in a previous article):

No, because now that I think of it I need some way to charge my new wireless phone while in the car. I guess I could just buy an adapter for that, as well one for my laptop. Of course later on there might be something else that I would need to power in car, but of course there is always the adapter route. Besides I found an inverter at my local Target store for about $20 or so.

Glad to hear you have solved the problem. :-)

Randy Howard (2reply remove FOOBAR)
"The power of accurate observation is called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw

Message #13 - Posted 2006/02/28 - lunar_dawn

On Tue, 28 Feb 2006 04:19:52 GMT
Randy Howard wrote:

Well it's a bit silly to use a power inverter to power something that will run off your cigarette lighter with a simple adapter,isn't it????????????????????????????????????????????????

No, it isn't. Because, if you have an inverter, you can power any of dozens or hundreds of devices, but if you buy an adapter for everything you might want to use in the car, you could be out orders of magnitude more money.

There was no mention of "dozens" or "hundreds" in the OP, but other than that I can see why you'd think that way. I was going for the simple, minimalist solution on the assumption the original question was complete (probably not a safe assumption in any case). Plus frankly I couldn't resist the punctuation thing.

)

Cheers,

ld

Message #14 - Posted 2006/02/28 - Randy Howard

Tom Stiller wrote (in a previous article):

Previously, Randy Howard wrote:

Davoud wrote (in a previous article):

lunar_dawn:

Well it's a bit silly to use a power inverter to power something that will
run off your cigarette lighter with a simple adapter,isn't it?

Randy Howard:

No, it isn't. Because, if you have an inverter, you can power any of dozens or hundreds of devices, but if you buy an adapter for everything you might want to use in the car, you could be out orders of magnitude more money.

Yes, it is -- in the context of this thread. The OP didn't ask what he could use to run dozens or hundreds of devices; he asked what he could use to run a PowerBook. The best answer to that is a PowerBook Automobile Adapter.

Why is it better?

Well, I have an adapter that can power one computer and one cell phone from either AC, or auto, or an airplane seat connection. The computer can be either the old ClamShell iBook or the newer one (with the smaller power connector). The cell phone can be either my Motorola or my wife's Samsung. For me, that's better.

And I have an inverter, for less money, that can power multiple computers, multiple cell phones, multiple dremel tools, you name it, any brand computer, notebook or otherwise, any brand cell phone, or any other device powered from an AC outlet that doesn't pull 6.023x10**23 gigawatts of power, and I fly my own airplane, so I don't have a need for an airplane seat adapter.

Randy Howard (2reply remove FOOBAR)
"The power of accurate observation is called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw

Message #15 - Posted 2006/02/28 - Davoud

Randy Howard wrote:

And I have...
for less money...
that can power multiple...
multiple...
multiple...
any brand...
or...
any brand...
or...
and I fly my own airplane...

You forgot the na na na naaa na and the tongue sticking out :-b

Davoud

usenet *at* davidillig dawt com

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