How do you charge a laptop

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by TobiasReach, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. TobiasReach

    TobiasReach Bobtail Member

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    Hello, everyone. New driver here, still slogging through the paperwork hell that is orientation, and I had a question. How do you charge a laptop in a truck? I know the company I'm working for (USA Truck) is making a big deal about not using inverters. What I don't know is if there's standard 12 volt outlets in a truck, if I need to find a car charger, if I need to sneak in to truck stops for a few hours and steal a charge, anything like that. What do you folks do? Thanks for the info.
     
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  3. Ken

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    I have a DC charger that plugs into my lighter outlet..
     
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  4. BIG RIGGER

    BIG RIGGER Road Train Member

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    Get the best inverter you can find that plugs in your lighter.
     
  5. SeaPea

    SeaPea Light Load Member

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    I bought one of these at a Pilot.. I think it was about $20.. definitely money well spent.
     
  6. Scuby

    Scuby Heavy Load Member

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    Get a 400 watt plug in inverter. Thats enough to charge your laptop and cell phone.I bought mine a little over 3 years ago so I can't help you with a price.
     
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  8. TobiasReach

    TobiasReach Bobtail Member

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    Sounds good. Thanks for the info everyone.
     
  9. future driver

    future driver Light Load Member

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    Make sure they never know you even have one in your truck...
     
  10. lonewolf4ad

    lonewolf4ad Road Train Member

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    I had a little roadpro my last few months that honestly i think was better than Cobra. was 400 watts and would power both my ps2 slim, and my laptop at same time.
     
  11. brsims

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    I had a little Cobra plug-in inverter that ran my T.V. and PS2 at the same time. I figure that means it would also run and charge a laptop. By the way, I kept the inverter hidden behind the T.V. (one of those truckstop models with dual power inputs and built in DVD player), so the company wouldn't find it without a deliberate search.
     
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