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Car Charger for MBP?

Message #1 - Posted 2006/10/25 - MarkW

I just ordered one of the new Core2Duo MBP's. I ordered the airline adapter but I know that the airline adapter won't work with car chargers. My question, is there a car charger available for it? Even if it's 3rd party that's fine as long as it works. I travel some by plane but obvoiusly could get much more use out of a car charger.

Message #2 - Posted 2006/10/25 - nospam

Previously, MarkW wrote:

I just ordered one of the new Core2Duo MBP's. I ordered the airline adapter but I know that the airline adapter won't work with car chargers. My question, is there a car charger available for it? Even if it's 3rd party that's fine as long as it works. I travel some by plane but obvoiusly could get much more use out of a car charger.

apple has a patent on the magsafe plug and stupidly refuses to license it to anyone, so the only option is apple's overpriced airline adapter.

another option is getting an ac inverter for the car (which will probably also work on a plane), and plug the regular macbook power adapter into that. although it is wasteful to go from 12v up to 110vac and back down again, it should work fine. be sure to check that the inverter can sustain at least 85w for the macbook pro - the inverters tend to be rated in peak power, not sustained power.

Message #3 - Posted 2006/10/25 - AES

Previously, nospam wrote:

adapter into that. although it is wasteful to go from 12v up to 110vac and back down again, it should work fine. be sure to check that the

Yes, it does work fine -- and you can use the 110vac for other purposes as well.

(When will cars start routinely building in 110vac converters behind the dash? Or do some do so already?)

Message #4 - Posted 2006/10/25 - sbt

Previously, AES wrote:

Previously, nospam wrote:

adapter into that. although it is wasteful to go from 12v up to 110vac and back down again, it should work fine. be sure to check that the

Yes, it does work fine -- and you can use the 110vac for other purposes as well.

(When will cars start routinely building in 110vac converters behind the dash? Or do some do so already?)

Some, for example the Toyota Matrix, have 110 outlets.

Spenser

Message #5 - Posted 2006/10/25 - VAXman-

Previously, nospam <nospam@nospam.invalid> writes:

Previously, MarkW wrote:

I just ordered one of the new Core2Duo MBP's. I ordered the airline adapter but I know that the airline adapter won't work with car chargers. My question, is there a car charger available for it? Even if it's 3rd party that's fine as long as it works. I travel some by plane but obvoiusly could get much more use out of a car charger.

apple has a patent on the magsafe plug and stupidly refuses to license it to anyone, so the only option is apple's overpriced airline adapter.

another option is getting an ac inverter for the car (which will probably also work on a plane), and plug the regular macbook power adapter into that. although it is wasteful to go from 12v up to 110vac and back down again, it should work fine. be sure to check that the inverter can sustain at least 85w for the macbook pro - the inverters tend to be rated in peak power, not sustained power.

I purchased an iGo power adapter for the car and air for my Powerbooks. It has an adapter that the AirPower plug fits into converting it into an auto plug.

I don't believe you can purchase *just* the AirPower to Auto adapter but you can buy the whole cable for $9.95...

http://www.igo.com/products.asp?sku=2701898

Just toss the cable/AirPower part and keep the AirPower to Auto adaprter.

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Message #6 - Posted 2006/10/25 - Carl Witthoft

Previously, MarkW wrote:

I just ordered one of the new Core2Duo MBP's. I ordered the airline adapter but I know that the airline adapter won't work with car chargers. My question, is there a car charger available for it? Even if it's 3rd party that's fine as long as it works. I travel some by plane but obvoiusly could get much more use out of a car charger.

SOmeone posted to a forum in the last couple days claiming he sells a magsafe-compatible car adapter. i don't have the name or URL, but it was linked to a story on macfixit or macnn, I think.

Message #7 - Posted 2006/10/25 - nospam

Previously, Carl Witthoft wrote:

Previously, MarkW wrote:

I just ordered one of the new Core2Duo MBP's. I ordered the airline adapter but I know that the airline adapter won't work with car chargers. My question, is there a car charger available for it? Even if it's 3rd party that's fine as long as it works. I travel some by plane but obvoiusly could get much more use out of a car charger.

SOmeone posted to a forum in the last couple days claiming he sells a magsafe-compatible car adapter. i don't have the name or URL, but it was linked to a story on macfixit or macnn, I think.

there is someone who does a conversion of a standard macbook power adapter by cutting off the magsafe plug and putting connectors on the cut ends. then the magsafe plug can be switched from the original power adatper to a generic 12v auto adapter. an optional empower plug can be used for airlines with empower plugs. all for $165 - even more of a ripoff.

Message #8 - Posted 2006/10/26 - zit

MarkW wrote:

I just ordered one of the new Core2Duo MBP's. I ordered the airline adapter but I know that the airline adapter won't work with car chargers. My question, is there a car charger available for it? Even if it's 3rd party that's fine as long as it works. I travel some by plane but obvoiusly could get much more use out of a car charger.

My TiBook power supply is 24V, but the computer will run on a lot less. But it won't quite run on a 13V car battery.
Is the new power supply also 24V, or is it less?
Why don't you try the MBP in the car without a voltage adaptor?

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