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Old 07-08-2009, 04:32 AM   #31
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That's not THAT cheap...

Check this:
http://www.dealextreme.com/search.dx/search.inverter

I've bought dozens of things from here... great store.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:50 PM   #32
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buyer beware !!!

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Check this:
http://www.dealextreme.com/search.dx/search.inverter

I've bought dozens of things from here... great store.



check it out - 220 Volts and the wrong socket (diff pins)

cheap crap !!!

modified sine wave inverters for $50 from Dicky Smith ; and you going to use it on a $2000 laptop ???

I have a 300 Watt "pure" sine wave inverter,cost $300 and has done every outback trip in the Landy, ie, inside birdsville trk, plenty hwy, sandover hwy, finke/ ghan and chambers pillar, googs trk, transcontinental railway................ no problems


PS when running laptops, stable frequency for time (clock) is important.
dont waste ya money or time - get a PURE sine wave inverter.
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:18 PM   #33
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check it out - 220 Volts and the wrong socket (diff pins)

cheap crap !!!
Yeah i know.. but cheap is cheap.. i can modify pins and being 220v is irrelevant.
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:20 PM   #34
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Actually I run mine on a $3K laptop.. works fine! Has done for years.

If you want a true sine wave inverter... go for it.

At the time I bought mine some 5 years ago they were just so expensive!

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Old 07-08-2009, 04:21 PM   #35
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And a follow up.. most lap top power supplies will run form 110V upwards. You can take them to the US with the correct plug adaptor.

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Old 07-08-2009, 05:22 PM   #36
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Yeahbut...

Most cellphones can use cigarette lighter charger running at 12v.

Why go from 12v thru and inverter to 220v then back through a charger to 12v. Most power supplies just burn off/dump excess power as heat.

Buy a cigarette lighter for your phone, and either fit a cigarette lighter socket or hard-wire the adapter to your bike. They're smaller lighter and use less power.

You can (in some cases) do the same thing with laptops.

All PC's run internally at 12 (and 5) volt. All laptops run on DC input. (most commonly 19v & 12v)

Turn over your power supply, look at the output. Many are 19v output, but I have seen some that are 12v DC.

Soo... If you have a lappy that runs on 12v, you can run (or at least charge them directly off a 12V DC cigarette lighter socket.)

Or just buy one of these: http://www.laptopshop.co.uk/car-adapters.htm
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:32 PM   #37
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kiwipeet..
pretty much what kiwipeet wrote, unless you need upwards of 20v, work out ways of juicing it from your onboard 12v supply..
battery chargers will mostly run from 12v or there abouts (my best one runs of a 12v plug pack at home and comes with a ciggy plug for use in the car), phones all have 12v chargers (the wall chargers are the same volt/current output as well, so no disadvantage uing the 12v ones) and lappys, well theres plenty of 12-> multi-volt psu's on the market..

while the old mod/square vs pure sine argument is not a pure money grabber, its mostly based on questionable knowledge of older gen electronics.. it just doesnt apply as much these days as it once did, as current gen sitchmode supplies are now quite tolerant of less than ideal incoming power..
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:24 PM   #38
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Most cellphones can use cigarette lighter charger running at 12v.

Why go from 12v thru and inverter to 220v then back through a charger to 12v. Most power supplies just burn off/dump excess power as heat.

Buy a cigarette lighter for your phone, and either fit a cigarette lighter socket or hard-wire the adapter to your bike. They're smaller lighter and use less power.

You can (in some cases) do the same thing with laptops.

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Got a 12V ciggy plug for my MacBook Pro, but while it will *run* on a 12v system, it will not *charge* - in fact it slowly winds down... Tried it already, cost me $60 for the adaptor and it don't work... :(

Hence the inverter.

There is a warranty exclusion somewhere in the MacBook warranty if you use a square wave inverter (please don't ask me where, I haven't looked!). Got told this by the inverter sales man as well.

Maybe he saw me coming...

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Old 09-10-2009, 09:20 PM   #39
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Even cheaper bike gear at Aldi

My local Aldi (Ferntree Gully, Vic) still has stocks of most of the motorcycle related items from a month or so ago and it's all been further discounted.
Anybody want an Aldi tank bag for $39.95? They were good value at $59.95 so what are they now?

Not sure about the GPS I didn't see any but I guess if anybody wants one they should ask.
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:42 PM   #40
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My local Aldi (Ferntree Gully, Vic) still has stocks of most of the motorcycle related items from a month or so ago and it's all been further discounted.
Anybody want an Aldi tank bag for $39.95? They were good value at $59.95 so what are they now?

Not sure about the GPS I didn't see any but I guess if anybody wants one they should ask.
They are kept behind the checkout counter and you have to ask for them.

Mine has been great so far but no rain etc.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:05 PM   #41
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What do they look like?

If they're good I'll take one if someone can pick it up and post it to Sydney?
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:11 PM   #42
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My local Aldi (Ferntree Gully, Vic) still has stocks of most of the motorcycle related items from a month or so ago and it's all been further discounted.
Anybody want an Aldi tank bag for $39.95? They were good value at $59.95 so what are they now?

Not sure about the GPS I didn't see any but I guess if anybody wants one they should ask.
tank bag best magnetic I've had, last 3 (brand names) were rubbish
I paid full price for mine, used daily since, just bought another one as for $40 it is ridiculous, some of their gear I wouldn't take out of the shop but these superb. I bought a couple of pairs of socks to try too, for $10 they're worth a try.

www.jacksonracing.com.au
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:38 PM   #43
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Aldi tank bag is a bloody ripper. Would recommend it.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:53 PM   #44
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I bought a couple of pairs of socks to try too, for $10 they're worth a try.
I got a couple of pair of the socks last year and they are great. I think I've probably worn them every time I have ridden a bike since.
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:17 AM   #45
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Aldi at Brandon Park have a heap apparently, Wifey just came back with a bag full of the socks for 4.99 ... not many left now.

She says lots of other stuff there still, but no large helmets.
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