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MacBook Air Car Charger?

21486 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2008 9:13 PM by Michael Henley RSS
WunDumGai Calculating status...
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Apr 4, 2008 11:58 AM
Does anyone have a practical solution for a MacBook Air car charger? I'm under the impression that the airline adapter will keep it powered while plugged in but won't charge it.
MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.2), longtime fanboy
  • Bradley Olwin Calculating status...
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    Apr 4, 2008 12:26 PM (in response to WunDumGai)
    You can purchase a Kensington converter that has a grounded outlet so you can essentially plug in what you want. Then you can use it for any portable or other device that does not exceed the wattage output. When Apple changes the magsafe adaptor again you also won't be stuck with a specialized device that may not work. I don't have the website for this but it should be easy to find.
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  • Bradley Olwin Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
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    Apr 4, 2008 8:12 PM (in response to WunDumGai)
    Here it is, I looked it up on the Kensington web site. it is $70 and not very bulky. Besides, you keep it in the car. http://us.kensington.com/html/10359.html
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  • Bradley Olwin Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
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    Apr 4, 2008 8:18 PM (in response to WunDumGai)
    Here is another smaller and even cheaper at $40. There are quite a few choices on the Kensington web site. http://us.kensington.com/html/13884.html
    MacBook Pro 17 2.16GHz/MacBook Air 1.8 SSD, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 2GB RAM
  • capybara Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2008 4:42 PM (in response to WunDumGai)
    you can use the Power watt 300 inverter, plugs into cigarette lighter and provides an ac outlet
    pretty rugged and has a circuit breaker and cutoff so will not drain source to extinction,
    works in fairly narrow range of 12 volt sources, such as car batteries or gel cels
    will not work with professional film batteries at higher voltages such as 17 volts

    one can go 12 volt battery to female car lighter connector to male car lighter connector on inverter to
    apple 45watt ac power adapter to magsafe, find for location work but not practical for airplane,
    g5 mac tower, g4 titaniumMacbook, intel Macbook air, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Paul Barnard Calculating status...
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    Apr 16, 2008 2:12 PM (in response to WunDumGai)
    The Airline adaptor does not work from a car power socket.

    I bought a $20 Duracell inverter in Fry's. It works very well and is small enough to pack in my traveling gear.
    PowerMac G5 & MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Michael Henley Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)
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    Apr 17, 2008 9:13 PM (in response to WunDumGai)
    The airline adapter won't work with most cars, but I made mine to work by using a dc dc converter and some parts from radioshack: http://flickr.com/photos/silvermeteors/2408394579/ -- note that it still doesn't charge the battery, just prevents it from draining. Check out the notes on the picture and the link in the comments for info on making a cable that charges.
    MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.2)

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