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British / Airline power supply for ibook

Message #1 - Posted 2005/10/31 - brandenb

I am getting ready to travel to London, and want to take my iBook g4 with me. Travelling on a Boing 777-200 both ways.

What is the best way to have power on the plane, as well as in London? Should I get a 12v power supply for the plane, and Apples foreign plug selection for the stock power supply, or is there a single solution that will take care of both?

Thanks

Message #2 - Posted 2005/11/03 - Abbott Schindler

The airplane your flying is irrelevant. The carrier and your seat location are what's important.

Aircraft outlet power depends on the airline. Lufthansa, for example, has a standard 110v (US) plug. American Airlines uses a cigarette lighter style plug. United uses their EmPower (I think that's what it's called) outlet.

Seating: I've found few carriers to offer laptop power in Economy/Coach class. Business and First Class, again depending on airline, generally have power.

My solution: I carry an iGo Juice or the Kensington or Targus equivalent. It comes with all the plug adapters and tips for many laptops. If you buy the Juice, the Apple tips are included. If you buy other brands, you need to carefully verify that they include the tips...or you'll end up spending extra for them.

The other part about Juice: it's 110/220VAC as well as DC, so it truly works everywhere. I've had mine to most countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, parts of SE Asia, and S. Africa and never had a problem.

All you'll need to supplement it is the correct wall outlet adapter for London. This is easily acquired even at Heathrow when you land. No power converters are needed with the Juice.

Previously, brandenb wrote:

I am getting ready to travel to London, and want to take my iBook g4 with me. Travelling on a Boing 777-200 both ways.

What is the best way to have power on the plane, as well as in London? Should I get a 12v power supply for the plane, and Apples foreign plug selection for the stock power supply, or is there a single solution that will take care of both?

Thanks

Message #3 - Posted 2005/11/03 - Mark Conrad

Previously, Abbott Schindler wrote:

Aircraft outlet power depends on the airline. Lufthansa, for example, has a standard 110v (US) plug. American Airlines uses a cigarette lighter style plug. United uses their EmPower (I think that's what it's called) outlet.

Just like to add another tidbit about Lufthansa.

For a slight added cost to one's ticket, they even supply Internet access from mid-ocean, via a satellite connection direct from the aircraft.

To the best of my knowledge, I think they are the only airline that offers such a service.

Mark-

Message #4 - Posted 2005/11/03 - David Magda

Abbott Schindler <abbottnospam@nospamkbase.com> writes:

My solution: I carry an iGo Juice or the Kensington or Targus equivalent. It comes with all the plug adapters and tips for many laptops. If you buy the Juice, the Apple tips are included. If you buy other brands, you need to carefully verify that they include the tips...or you'll end up spending extra for them.

There's also the "PowerPad" from these guys:

http://www.electrovaya.com/

Haven't used it myself.

David Magda <dmagda at ee.ryerson.ca>
Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. -- Niccolo Machiavelli, _The Prince_, Chapter VI

Message #5 - Posted 2005/11/12 - Oxford

Mark Conrad wrote:

Aircraft outlet power depends on the airline. Lufthansa, for example, has a standard 110v (US) plug. American Airlines uses a cigarette lighter style plug. United uses their EmPower (I think that's what it's called) outlet.

Just like to add another tidbit about Lufthansa.

For a slight added cost to one's ticket, they even supply Internet access from mid-ocean, via a satellite connection direct from the aircraft.

To the best of my knowledge, I think they are the only airline that offers such a service.

just a heads up, SAS was the first to offer this service, I sent my first email from 36,000 feet this summer :) the connection is somewhat slow, but still far faster than ISDN or a Modem.

boeing is behind the service.

http://www.connexionbyboeing.com/

enjoy... it's one item that sure makes flights go fast...

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