Submitted: Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 02:03
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Hi all
read on an article on exploroz a reccommendation that if you use a laptop coupled with your gps + maps for real time navigation then you should use an inverter to run the laptop anybody( motley) with experirence in this
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Reply By: Perth Bushtrackers - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 03:26

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 03:26
Hi Freewheelers
We have a Magellan connected to the 12v and to the Acer laptop which in turn is powered by an Energy Knight 1 DC-DC Power Adaptor purchased from Dick Smiths, it works excellent.
We have Discover Aus streets & tracks. You can also get a CD with all desert tracks.
Karl & Thelma

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Follow Up By: cvtripper - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 07:20

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 07:20
Hi Karl & Thelma

Could you tell me where I can get the CD please?

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Reply By: Yogi and Muffin - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 03:47

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 03:47
Hi Stephen,

We use a Garmin 296 and connect it to our laptop. The information I have is that computers are very sensitive to good current supply and although they well may run off a non pure sinewave inverter this is still a big risk. Ours runs off a Dick Smith pure sinewave inverter (300W) which we have anchored under the passenger seat. Unfortunately pure sinewave inverters are expensive at about $300 for the 300W model but I have never had a problem with it.
Yogi & Muffin

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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 07:00

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 07:00
We did a lot of travelling with an Acer laptop secured by velcro to the centre consol and being powered by a Dick Smith power supply that simply changes from 12 volts up to the 18 volts (I think that is what it was) and it runs perfectly. I found that you don't require an inverter to change power supply to 240 volts, as the 240 volt supply simply reduces back to the 18 volt DC anyway.
We had the Track Ranger system which was useful on bush tracks, but of little value in major roads or built up areas.

Since we purchased a Garmin Street Pilot we have not bothered with the Laptop and Track Ranger system.

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Reply By: Perth Bushtrackers - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 10:33

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 10:33
Dear David
We purchased a Meridian Gold GPS Traveler Value Pack which includes map CD, vehicle mounting and 12volt cigarette lighter adapter/data cable. More information can be found on where you can find your nearest dealer and also the latest prices. It is more suitable to outback tracks than a street navigation system.

Karl and Thelma

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