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User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 8
Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5006 times:

The flight is from Philly to Milan, on US airways, I'm assuming the A330 (I'm asking for a friend). He would like to know if he can expect a charger plug in for his labtop, and at what voltage, this is in cattle class. He would also like to know if there are PTVs. Thanks ahead of time.

The Ohio Player
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User currently offlineUSFlyer MSP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4989 times:


US does not fly to Milan, so I assume that you mean Rome. All US Airways Airbus aircraft have in-seat power at every seat. You have to purchase a special adapter that is usually not too difficult to find before you leave. US's A330's do have the best PTV's of any US carrier; the Sony Passport on-demand system.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17649 posts, RR: 65
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4935 times:

Make sure the adapter can mate with both kinds of socket you find on planes. Some (like AA) use the same as in a car. Others (like SK I think) us the proprietary connector whose name I do not know. Normally you yank off the car plug to reveal the other connector.

At Brookstone you can get the silver i-something adapter. Also, most manufacturers (like IBM) sell their own. Mine takes car/air/mains power. The adapter is largeish, but it's totally worth it.

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineSwadispatcher From United States of America, joined May 2004, 427 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4895 times:

Get an IGo from Radio Shack.. cost you about $150, but all you do is interchange tips for different items. It's nice carrying only one power supply for cell phone, laptop, etc..

Maintain 2300 until Boiler, cleared for the VOR-A approach, report BATLE inbound..
User currently offline777WT From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 881 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4844 times:

I challenge you all to find a charger for use in airplanes for a Dell Inspiron 5150 without using a power inverter.

As for AA, I found this info while I was searching if I could charge my laptop:


User currently offlineCopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1603 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4823 times:

I'll be darned, I actually went to the Dell site and downloaded the manual for your computer. It makes NO mention of being able to use a DC charger for it!

I have 2 Targus DC chargers that I use. The smaller one I use with my wife's Dell which requires less than 70 watts. The one I use for my Gateway gives me 120 Watts. Before I purchased the 120 W charger, I would use the smaller one as a DC source when needed. I noticed that it would charge and run the computer, then cut out when it overheated, cutting in again when it cooled down a bit. I never had a problem with a fair (or better) battery, I just noticed it kicked in and out.

I'm not sure of the power requirement for your computer since it showed 2 different numbers, one for the Inspiron 5100 and 5150, and another larger power requirement for the Inspiron 5050.

Anyway, the Targus DC supply that I use will give you:

0-24 volts
6 amps (max)
120 watts (max)
It comes with the cigarette/In-Air connector and multiple adapter tips so it can be used with most any laptop.

You could also check with www.targus.com/support.asp

You might want to check with Dell tech service to see what they have to say.

User currently offline777WT From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 881 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4816 times:

I did email Dell tech and they said they don't sell or know where I could get a DC charger for it, nor did they explain or state any reason why it's not available for the 5150.

The 5100 is the same comp but with less features as no firewire port and small stuff like that.

I am looking at the output of the current charger I have for this 5150, it shows:

19.5V and 130 watts!

User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4792 times:


I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.
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