Airplane power

Airplane power

Post by Jason Koes » Mon, 26 Apr 2004 14:25:27

If I'm not mistaken, this is just a typical 12V car plugin. There are
adapters available for just a straight shot (replace your regular AC
adapter). I found this one quickly in a newsgroup search:

But certainly not as cheap as I would like. It's my understanding that
Targus and Kensington (among others) make these as well with different
tips, etc.

A second, much heavier and bulkier (but probably cheaper!) option is a
DC-AC power inverter. With this, you plug the inverter into the output
from the airplane jack, then the inverter has a normal plug like a wall
outlet at your home would, and you plug your regular AC adapter into
that. They work well, but like I said are quite large and bulky by
comparison. BTW, if you go this route, don't buy online or at a big
electronics store, look (or ask) around for a local small electronics
shop. They typically carry little things like this and for a lower price.

Don't know quite what I'll be doing just yet, but I've got to decide
quick. Has anyone any experience with the world power adapter pack from
Apple? Since I'm going to both SE Asia and Australia, I'm afraid I
might need two things anyway and this might make it easier. Now and in
the future.


Airplane power

Post by Ron Parson » Mon, 26 Apr 2004 23:07:23

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I have the Pismo version of hte Madsonline adapter. It comes with an
adapter for what was supposed to be the airline power socket, but I've
only seen the car type used and it works just fine.

As to world power, all you need is a plug adapter. Any travel store or
Radio Shack will have them.



Airplane power

Post by Abbott Sch » Tue, 27 Apr 2004 00:12:16

Actually, there are at least three types of airplane power outlet (I've
encountered all of these):
1. The weird kind United, Delta and some other airlines use.
2. The car cigarette lighter kind that American and several others use.
3. A standard 2-prong US-style outlet that Luftansa uses.

I now carry either an iGo Juice or a Targus Charge Source. Both come
with both kinds of DC connectors and both are AC as well. I prefer the
Targus (size, capacity, design), but either will work. Neither is cheap.
Both are excellent substitutes for Apple's adapters. iGo includes power
tips for all G3 and G4 PowerBooks. With the Charge Source, you'll need
to call Targus for the tips.

CompUSA often has sales on the Kensington version of the Juice, and
occasionally on the Charge Source.

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Airplane power

Post by danspa » Tue, 27 Apr 2004 05:07:03

Does this apply to iBooks as well as Powerbooks?
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Airplane power

Post by Abbott Sch » Wed, 28 Apr 2004 12:34:04

I don't know about iBooks. Best bet is to visit the iGo and Targus sites
and see. All I have is 3 generations of PowerBooks.

The sites, I think, are (or were a couple of months ago):
Charge Source:

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Airplane power

Post by John Johns » Wed, 28 Apr 2004 12:41:28

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iBooks and PowerBooks use the same power connectors. However, there are
two different sizes of connector (PowerBooks changed to the smaller one
with the introduction of the TiBook), and I don't know which iBooks use
the larger and which the smaller. I know that the "icebook" uses the
smaller connector, but don't know when the switch occurred.

So, if the unit supplies tips for both G3 and G4 PowerBooks, no matter
what iBook you have, you're covered.

Airplane power

Post by Whyto » Thu, 29 Apr 2004 07:44:52

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That's EmPower standard. Was and is still the most common.

The latest premium class seats have regular 110V power sockets, that
typically accommodates 2 pin and 3 pin plugs. These are getting more
and more wide-spread on BA, QF, SQ and many others. And quite rightly