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Old 11-06-2001, 01:27 PM   #1
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Can anyone reccomend a DC->AC power inverter so I can hook my laptop up in the car on drives? I have a cheap one, but it hardly ever works.

Do any companies make one that I can wire directly to my fusebox and mount somewhere, instead of having to use the cigarette lighter plugin?
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Old 11-06-2001, 02:16 PM   #2
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I think Subie Gal uses one from Radio Shack to power her stuff during TSDs and whatnot.

If you want to wire it in, that's easy. Just cut the plug off the end and run some wire. Just make sure you keep + and - straight.
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Old 11-06-2001, 03:57 PM   #3
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You can go the AC inverter route in which case you need to also have the AC supply for the laptop, or you can get a DC-DC converter that will supply the proper operating power for the laptop directly. Radio Shack has these as well as the inverters, there are also other ones available at computer stores and online. Targus makes one, also Nesco, etc. The DC supplies are more expensive though, you'll pay around $100 for a decent one vs. $40 or so for a small AC inverter.
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Old 11-06-2001, 04:26 PM   #4
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I'd prefer to go the AC route... since the laptop is 3 years old and will probably be replaced sometime within the lifetime of my car. No sense in paying >$100 for something that might not work once I replace the laptop.
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Old 11-06-2001, 05:03 PM   #5
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Understand your reasoning, although if you get a DC converter that is universal it could be used on more than one laptop. The better ones are voltage-adjustable and include different interchangeable connectors.
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