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monkey44

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Posted: 12/20/20 12:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Matter of fact, I believe Torklift makes a battery holder that attaches to the frame and holds a battery under the truck bed ... or, yes you're correct, plenty of space between camper and sidewall. Gotta look into that. We're planning another trip west in the spring if all works out. Thx M44

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Posted: 12/20/20 02:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

" Ok, Seems senseless to charge an expendable charge in a laptop with another expendable battery. Duh! But just checking."

Millions of people do this everyday, with pocket size USB power banks for their phone or tablet

Quite a few lithium jump boosters have DC output ports with proper adapter for charging notebooks and laptops,
Before it died the one I had could do 12v, 15v, 19v
Had push button to select voltage out,
I damaged it trying to start a suburban with dead battery hidden under floor in the rear, with jumper posts under hood, poor power to the battery, and heavy amps from booster direct to starter when turning the key,
Warning don't connect to jumper posts under the hood, always connect directly to the start battery,
If it's not your car, tell them to remove seat, open trunk bed, etc.. What ever has to be done to access the start battery, with lithium jump booster,
After I tried to help them and failed, the battery in my booster swelled up, it started losing power , power faded away with each use, it was only 2 years old
$80 gone, now I need a new one

Note: the warning is just info about my experience, not related to OP question, maybe it will prevent some one from doing the same thing and killing their jump start booster


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Posted: 12/20/20 02:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

monkey44 wrote:

Ok, I thought it was 'over-hyped' by a few reviews. Seems senseless to charge an expendable charge in a laptop with another expendable battery.
If you choose to carry a booster you may as well use it as designed to run a laptop. While the charge is expendable, it can be replaced as you drive around to see the sights, on your way to the next destination, or when you arrive home.

I would not buy this jump box for the primary purpose of running the laptop.

BTW I have one of these under the tree and I plan to take it with me in the car day to day and in the truck when camping for the jump start feature. I do like the idea of providing USB or 12v power in an emergency situation. Has a flashlight too.


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