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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    Got a small inverter I don't think that's it's a sine wave thingy but can I go ok up my laptop onto it to charge etc?

    Simple answer ad I don't understand lextrissity etc.
     
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    It'll be OK.
     
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    It will be okay, but I prefer Pure Sinewave.
     
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    Here you go, Dave. Here is a larger inverter completely free of charge. Don't thank me.......it is all part of the service with "Help the Aged"*

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    *one small flaw in that, isn't there? You are younger than me.......:blush:


    P.S. as above, it should be OK according to my brother who does this sort of thing
     
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    I use a 200watt Sterling PSW for charging my MacBook.. .. A quasi sine way SHOULD be ok .. but I won't risk it damaging the power supply unit

    it's also used to charge camera batteries..

    However.. for a laptop probably better with a 12v converter that plugs into the ciggy socket.. they don't make an Apple approved one for Macs.. hence the inverter..
     
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    I tried a "faux" sine wave inverter on mine (Samsung Ultrabook) - wouldn't charge.
    Bought a charger very similar to the one in the link provided by Snowbird - worked a treat
     
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    Bit personal :Eeek::Eeek:
     
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    It's not the size it's the output.
     
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    Back to inverters. Is there any reason why I can't install it in the garage under the bed, it's close to the boiler.
     
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    That's no way to talk about the nice Happy Hooker Lady! :Eeek:
     
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    Far better to use a proper 12v supply more efficent.

    These people can supply units for any laptop
     
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    Thats ok. But, we may need it for a second laptop and to charge the electric bikes...
     
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    Dead man walking.....:rolleyes:
     
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    Don’t try to charge electric toothbrush with it as it will blow the charger, been there and done it, pure sine wave ok though.

    John.
     
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    You?
     
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    Dear Dai,

    Don't you feel bad about this Daffid, but I think you should leave technical stuff like letric , to Lorraine.
     
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    The benefit of having an good (pure sinewave) inverter.
    You dont need to go out and buy yet another set of adapters for all your Tech
    You can charge electric toothbrushes
    You can use GHD tongs
    You can make the most of your solar panels
    They have a low battery warning
    You can run devices that are higher wattage than your 12v sockets will take
    You dont need to worry about cheapo 12v cigar sockets over heating.
    You can have a long 240v lead from the inverter and not worry about voltage loss like on 12V
     
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    Most modern laptop power supply/charger units are the switch mode type, which may buzz a bit on a modified sine wave inverter, but are genarally happy to accept pretty much anything you throw at them.

    Check the input voltage. If it says 110 - 240V AC (or thereabouts) then it will be switch mode. If it says 220-240V, then probably not.

    Snowbird & Jezport are both correct. Which answer is right for you depends on your personal circumstances. But you already have your inverter & you want to charge your laptop now. So the answer to your immediate question is 'Yes, if it's switch mode'.
     
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