Computer Power

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Weybridge, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. Weybridge

    Weybridge Read Only Funster

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    Hello - hope to be picking up our Motorhome in a few days and off touring Europe. We already have questions - the first being - what is the best way to power a laptop when we're not staying on sites with hook-ups?
    All advice gratefully received. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. GJH

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    We use a 12v charger which plugs into a lighter socket and charge from the leisure battery.
     
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    charge it via the Inverter

    We charge ours via the inverter ... a pure sin wave (not modified) .. that allows us to run mains items from the batteries so we can charge the laptop just the same as if we were at home. We have a genny in the chassis being an RV and can top of our batteries at anytime we need to as the Sterling Inverter is also a 4 stage battery charger (combi).

    But there are lots of ways to do it as you will see from the suggestions.

    Bob
     
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    I would say you need a 4kw genny, at least four 120ah leisure batteries and a solar panel of at least 180 watt..
    Rig up a 3kw inverter.. only the best say a Sterling pure sine wave .. plug in.. bob's your uncle ... :BigGrin:

    or you could just do as Graham said.. :thumb:

    edit.. oh dear bob beat me again:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    please note I am not his uncle!!!!!!

    I will have you know I am not his uncle:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: but great minds think alike... yes we have a4 kw genny and it is the Sterling Inverter we have...

    Never mind Jim:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:


    Bob:thumb:
     
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    honestly bob, I wrote that before I saw your post... :Laughing:


    I must be psychic.. :Cool:
     
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    12v adaptor from Maplins, Ebay or whatever. Much more efficient than an inverter and cheaper too.
     
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    I agree with ReallyRetired...

    I use an EverFast Auto DC Power Regulated Adaptor from Maplins...

    Input 12-16 volts... output 15/16/18/19/20 volts DC at 11.5 amps max... 20/24 volt DC 5 amps 120 watts max.

    Model EF490129.

    Has worked flawlessly for a couple of years now and if I remember right it was less than £40...

    JJ :Cool:
     
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  9. GJH

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    I've had a charger similar to those mentioned by Realyretired & JJ for several years and it worked (and still does) very well.

    I've found, though, with the latest netbook and laptop I've bought, that manufacturers are using different input sockets (which none of the multi-tips fit) and/or different charging voltages. As a result I've had to buy specific chargers but they are still not too expensive and available on eBay usually.

    Most of the multi adapter sellers recommend that you check before you buy.
     
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    Bought a 175w plug-in inverter from ebay to charge phones and laptop £17. Recently on a busy site near Boulogne on EHU which started to trip out, used it to power Sky box to keep wife happy - and me having to keep tuning the box in - the site power must have tripped 20 times in an hour before it was sorted but wife was able to watch BGT - at least she was happy. Old Vic
     
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