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Old 03-23-05, 08:29 AM   #1
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Decent power inverters for the car?

Any suggestions on a decent power inverter to power my laptop in the car? Doesn't need to be huge wattage wise. Can these things damage the electrical system of the car in any way?

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Old 03-23-05, 08:33 AM   #2
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Drove up to whistler this past winter and bought a power inverter at Costco for I believe $25 bucks. It was more than I needed as far as wattage wise. Was able to power a laptop and speakers the whole way there - 6hr trip.

They stil have them at Costco in the Automotive area
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Old 03-23-05, 12:18 PM   #3
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Might want to look for a power adapter specific to your laptop or find the power input requirements for your laptop and look for a simple DC transformer. Most laptops use a transformer to power them anyway, taking some kind of DC input in the first place. Running car power through an inverter to get 110VAC and then running it through a transformer to convert it back to some kind of VDC to power the laptop will work, but it is just wasteful and silly.
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