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Old 10th October, 2006, 06:59 PM
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In-car inverter for Laptop

Im trying to find a longer duration solution for powering my laptop in the field (Mainly because it will save me writing up notes back in the office). Sometimes I can be out on site for 12+ hours - so obviously dont want to then go and write a report after a long day.

So Im thinking - Inverter - purely for its versatility beyond just powering the laptop.

Now then the laptop I will be powering will be:

Tosh Sat Pro L10
- Celeron-M 1.5/736MB/40GB
- Battery states: 14.4v - 2000mAH
- Brick: Input 100-240v ~ 1.6A 50-60Hz
- Brick: Output 19v - 3.24A 65W

The Inverter I have looked at so far is:
NorthQ NQ12001ES 150W In Car Inverter (Use a 3 Pin UK Plug from your Cigarette Lighter In Car/Boat) at http://tinyurl.co.uk/xm0g

Before I place an order - I'm wondering if this is really a suitable option - if anyone has any experience of doing this.
Also if anyone has any other UK based alternatives they can recommend.
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Old 10th October, 2006, 09:13 PM
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I like the USB plug... you could also charge other devices with that.

My only concern is that I do not see a fan. I use one (in USA) and it works great, with a loud fan. I expect it to get quite warm, and without sufficient cooling could cause problems.
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Old 10th October, 2006, 09:19 PM
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Thanks for reply - totally unfamiliar with them - didnt know they came with/without fans. So I guess it would be a good idea to have another look around before settling on that one. Not too worried about fan noise - especially if on a site with a drilling rig.

Im thinking then that 150w would be plenty sufficient/plenty of overhead without any issues of stressing the inverter?
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Old 11th October, 2006, 12:28 AM
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I think mine is rated for 150w, and it has powered and recharged my banias core system for about a year without problems.
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I have a 70W one that I've used to run and charge the batt on my laptop. Sucker does get pretty warm though!!!
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I've a 1.5KW one that happily charges my laptop and runs other stuff too... I've also an APC unit that has an inflight connector, so can provide mains power onboard an aircraft too.

Note that many of the cheap inverters will only output a square wave or a modified sine wave. This is just fine for powering a switching power supply (such as a laptop), but is not so good for mains powered electric motors.
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Thanks for the replies guys.
Set my mind at ease anyway - last thing I wanted to do was damage anything.
This will save me so much time.
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