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malaki86
Found a couple of links for you (found by Googling "asus k50 car power adapter"):

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Brian Conner
Thank you, that's perfect.

I just went back and checked the search terms I was using, to see if I tried the terms you used. I didn't. Boo, bad search, Brian.
malaki86
LOL no problem

One thing though - I used one of those with my laptop. Even though it would charge the battery, it couldn't charge it fast enough to charge the battery faster than just using the laptop was pulling.

In other words, it basically just extended the time I could run the laptop before the battery went dead instead of like now when the battery stays @ 100% all of the time with me using the laptop at max performance.
Brian Conner
Fortunately, I'd already ordered an inverter, and it arrives later this afternoon.

I might order the DC adapter as a backup, though.
malaki86
I keep a spare, 75 watt, inverter in my truck for emergency use. That's also what I use when I take the laptop with me in my car.
nealrm
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Originally Posted by malaki86
LOL no problem

One thing though - I used one of those with my laptop. Even though it would charge the battery, it couldn't charge it fast enough to charge the battery faster than just using the laptop was pulling.

In other words, it basically just extended the time I could run the laptop before the battery went dead instead of like now when the battery stays @ 100% all of the time with me using the laptop at max performance.
We use an inverter to power our laptop all the time and have yet to have an issue with keeping the battery charged. It's not uncommon for the kids to watch a couple movies back to back on a long trip. The battery has always kept a 100% charge.

When you get you inverter get one that has a cord going to the power outlet. This give you the most flexibility with placing the unit. Also get a unit with more than one plug-in. It's common for us to have several items connected to the unit. Charging cameras, DSI, cell phones and other small gadgets are common.

Also a small 3in (6cm) extension cord is useful when connecting a device that has a transformer type plugin. A slightly longer cord can be used to share the unit between the front and back seats. A word of warning about connecting multiple devices, make sure you do not overload either the device or the vehicle. Our vehicle has a towing package that includes a larger then normal alternator. So the above suggests may not be suitable for everyone.

If you see a vehicle going down the road with a strange blue glow - wave.
Brian Conner
I got the Whistler 400w model. It has a red warning tag on the cigarette lighter cable that says to limit use to 150w to avoid blowing a fuse. (Apparently, it's a full 400w inverter when you connect it directly to the vehicle battery.)

Seems to work fine in a short test yesterday morning. I'll take it for a longer test tomorrow when my wife can come with me to hold the laptop.
SpadesFlush
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Originally Posted by Brian Conner
... I'll take it for a longer test tomorrow when my wife can come with me to hold the laptop.
...thereby incurring the risk of blowing other fuses...
Brian Conner
LOLZ
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