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Charging a Notebook on an Airplane

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by blingman, Feb 16, 2007.

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  1. blingman

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    I have a long flight coming up, and need to keep my notebook charged up to entertain me. All I've found through searching so far is a bunch of stuff that plugs into cigarette lighters, but last time I checked, planes haven't got lighters, or the barrel shaped slots. What are my options if my budget is $40?
     
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    While it's an interesting idea, I get the feeling that some jumpy idiot might suspect me of terrorism for using one of those. I thought I heard about something a while ago, about a headphone jack-to-USB power converter, but I don't think that's possible, plus I can't seem to find it anywhere.
     
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    Kiwi is correct you must use an outlet designed for a power adapter / charger. The reason is that on an aircraft the AC power is 115V 400 cycle 3 phase current. Most charges cannot use this power. Just because you see an outlet, does not mean you should use it.

    On the A/C I fly there is an outlet in the galley however it is not designed for cell phones, laptops etc. It has fried many a FA’s cell phone :(
     
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    Actually, the aircraft standard seat power plug is 12 VDC, not 115VAC. I bow to Chuck's knowledge on many things aviation related, but I have used these power plugs a number of times. I have a $30 Fellowes Model 99425 Laptop P/S, and it has an adapter for the car plug to plug into the seat power on commercial airline aircraft. I can assure you that 115VAC would blow it half across the plane. :D If you have a car P/S for the laptop, here's the adapter for seat power: http://www.bixnet.com/airinpowconf.html This looks exactly like the one I use.
     
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    Yes, what I meant was that it must be one of the ones next to a seat. The ones we have in the galley are used for extra coffee makers. They finally put a warning on them NOT to use for cell phone charging. This was after many cell phone chargers fried :)
    You would think there would be a different style plug however it is a standard US type plug.
     
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    Well, many laptop chargers will function just fine on 115VAC 400HZ, however obviously not all of them. :D
     
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