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Best way to extend powerbook on long plane trip?

Message #1 - Posted 2006/01/14 - Skookum

I will be travelling from Vancouver to Germany non-stop, about 10 hours. I have a Mac Powerbook G4. What are the best options for having the "juice" to work a lot of that time? I can always buy a second battery but expect there are other possibilities.

Message #2 - Posted 2006/01/14 - matt neuburg

Skookum wrote:

I will be travelling from Vancouver to Germany non-stop, about 10 hours. I have a Mac Powerbook G4. What are the best options for having the "juice" to work a lot of that time? I can always buy a second battery

That is what I was going to recommend.

but expect there are other possibilities

Well, sure. Just do the usual Energy Saver things. Turn the backlighting down, use slower CPU speed if your computer allows it, and let the hard drive spin down and don't do anything that hits it. m.

Message #3 - Posted 2006/01/14 - Arild P.

Skookum wrote:

I will be travelling from Vancouver to Germany non-stop, about 10 hours. I have a Mac Powerbook G4. What are the best options for having the "juice" to work a lot of that time? I can always buy a second battery but expect there are other possibilities.

Check if the airline allows you to plug in some sort of power-adapter, and what kind of adapter is needed.
Have a nice flight!

Message #4 - Posted 2006/01/14 - Gnarlodious

Entity Arild P. spoke thus:

Skookum wrote:

I will be travelling from Vancouver to Germany non-stop, about 10 hours.

Check if the airline allows you to plug in some sort of power-adapter, and what kind of adapter is needed.

http://magellans.com/store/Electrical___Electrical_AccessoriesEA270

However, this adapter still requires you have a 12volt converter to plug your laptop into, I have the iJuice system.

Last I heard the EmPower outlet was a first-class feature, and if the jack is even there it may not be turned on.

-- Gnarlie

Message #5 - Posted 2006/01/15 - Alan Baker

Previously, Skookum wrote:

I will be travelling from Vancouver to Germany non-stop, about 10 hours. I have a Mac Powerbook G4. What are the best options for having the "juice" to work a lot of that time? I can always buy a second battery but expect there are other possibilities.

You may want to check with your airline to see if they offer power outlets for laptops; many do. You'll need a special adapter, but it should be a *lot* cheaper than an extra battery.

Alan Baker
Vancouver, British Columbia
"If you raise the ceiling 4 feet, move the fireplace from that wall to that wall, you'll still only get the full stereophonic effect if you sit in the bottom of that cupboard."

Message #6 - Posted 2006/01/15 - tho x. bui

Gnarlodious wrote:

Entity Arild P. spoke thus:

Skookum wrote:

I will be travelling from Vancouver to Germany non-stop, about 10 hours.

Check if the airline allows you to plug in some sort of power-adapter, and what kind of adapter is needed.

http://magellans.com/store/Electrical___Electrical_AccessoriesEA270

However, this adapter still requires you have a 12volt converter to plug your laptop into, I have the iJuice system.
Last I heard the EmPower outlet was a first-class feature, and if the jack is even there it may not be turned on.

In my own experience, unless you regularly travel in business or first class, don't expect to be able to use your 12 volt converter. It's even plane dependent in the same airline whether or not that option is available in your seat.

An extra battery is the way to go. If I have to do it again (I changed job in 2004, no longer need to travel much), I would buy a non-powerbook battery. Instead, I would pay for those external units. That way, if I upgrade to a different laptop, I can still use the battery.

Tho

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