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monkey44

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Posted: 12/20/20 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This booster says it will charge cell phones, etc. Says nothing about laptops. Just wondering if out boondocking a bit, will it charge a laptop as well. Not sure about phones, but laptops are 19v, and this is a 12v booster. Also not sure how that equates to the watts or whatever happens to a charging current... Thanks


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The outputs of this unit are 12 volt for jump starting and 5 volt for USB ports. You could attach an inverter to this to produce 120 volt ac or get a 12 volt power adapter for your computer. If your phone charges from USB this would charge your phone.


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Posted: 12/20/20 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

monkey44 wrote:

This booster says it will charge cell phones, etc. Says nothing about laptops. Just wondering if out boondocking a bit, will it charge a laptop as well. Not sure about phones, but laptops are 19v, and this is a 12v booster. Also not sure how that equates to the watts or whatever happens to a charging current... Thanks


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That is nothing but a self contained 12V "jump" battery pack for starting a vehicle, will not directly power a laptop.

While you could hook a small inverter to the pack, WHY?

You can buy no fuss "universal" laptop power supplies which are designed to take 12V car cig lighter port and output 18V-21V depending on the power tip you select for your laptop.

Power tip will automatically set the universal power supply to your laptop voltage and max current draw.

Some of these also have a 5V USB charging port on them.

Here is pix of one example..

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Don't remember what the brand I bought for DD, but she has been using it for 3 yrs now and has not killed it yet (and she kills everything that has wires attached to it).

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Posted: 12/20/20 10:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You may find a 12V Laptop DC adapter or charger for yourr specific laptop on Amazon. They are pretty cheap and are the most efficient way to go.


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Ed’s right. I bought one recently.


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Posted: 12/20/20 11:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have a 12v adapter to your Laptop it should work. User guide says it provides 15 amps at 12 volts through the accessory connection.

NOCO GB70 user guide

GB70 data sheet. (has some pictures of the accessories and connections)


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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. Duh! But just checking.

I do have the auxiliary 12v charger, but was looking for a better way to charge laptop and camera batteries without spending truck battery with no HU. Camping in a Truck Camper means only one auxiliary battery.

Guess if we could invent charging power out of thin air, we'd be millionaires. [emoticon] [emoticon]

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Guess if we could invent charging power out of thin air, we'd be millionaires. [emoticon] [emoticon]
That would be called a solar charging system

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monkey44 wrote:

Guess if we could invent charging power out of thin air, we'd be millionaires. [emoticon] [emoticon]
That would be called a solar charging system


^^^^ True enough [emoticon] [emoticon]

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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. Duh! But just checking.

I do have the auxiliary 12v charger, but was looking for a better way to charge laptop and camera batteries without spending truck battery with no HU. Camping in a Truck Camper means only one auxiliary battery.

Guess if we could invent charging power out of thin air, we'd be millionaires. [emoticon] [emoticon]


Hmm..

TC, you do have a bunch of unused space between the wheel wells of the truck doing absolutely nothing.. Can make for a good place to hid a few batteries.

Most trucks also have a good deal of open space on the outside of the frame on the underside of the truck which can also lend it's self pretty handy to add some battery storage. I remember my Dad's 1970 F100 actually had a spare tire storage door on the passenger side of bottom of the truck bed..

My Dad even hid an entire window A/C unit behind the passenger wheel well and bent some sheet metal to deflect the heat out past the tail light of the truck for his TC.. Worked like a charm.. Back then, campgrounds charged extra if they saw a A/C unit on the roof.

Any of those jump packs you would have to recharge anyways just adding a lot of cost and not much use to your camping experience.. Get more bang for the buck just finding an alternate place to hide a real battery..

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