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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5194 times:
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What kind of adapter do I need to make use of of the in-seat power supply (laptop) on United's 744's, 757's (non-PS) and A320's? I see on Seatguru that the power type on United is EmPower - I am not familiar with this. Any additional information will be welcomed.


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User currently offlineMEACEDAR From Lebanon, joined Oct 2006, 753 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days ago) and read 5152 times:

I was on the A320 and they didn't offer that. I was flying from LAX-MCO on UA 272. I even upgraded to a higher class so I can get the in-seat power.

User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days ago) and read 5137 times:

Its a connector that offers around 12-16VDC like a cigarette lighter connection, only different:
http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/review/...repower_3500_series_adapter_review



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User currently offlineUnitedNRT From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 284 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5105 times:

Many aircraft have their power outlets covered up, i dont know the reason for this as it varies frame to frame.


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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31437 posts, RR: 85
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5097 times:
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United First and United Business on non-p.s. equipment use an Empower adapter and provide up to 70 watts.

iGo, Kensington and Targus (amongst others) make adapters for laptops, DVD players, MP3 players, and other devices.

As noted by UnitedNRT, often these units are either disabled or the ports are covered over. This is especially true in United First on the narrowbodies. You are most likely to find working ports in United First and United Business on the widebodies (especially three-class).

If the ports are off (no green light), politely ask the Flight Attendant to reset the circuit breaker (usually near Door 1L) as the system may work. However, in many cases, the system has been disabled for deferred maintenance.


User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5078 times:
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Thanks for all the info thus far.  Smile UA870 from SYD-SFO (J-class) is going to be the longest flight of all the United sectors, while the rest will be in USA domestic First.


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26815 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5074 times:

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 5):
UA870 from SYD-SFO (J-class) is going to be the longest flight of all the United sectors, while the rest will be in USA domestic First.

Your 744 flight should be no problem as far as EmPower is concerned, and it is possible that the F/As will even sell you an adapter



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User currently offlineGh123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5068 times:

I have had terrible trouble with the power supplies on the UA 777 business class. On AA you use the cigarette lighter plugs on united the other type.

When I flew on United last time the Flight Attendant tried my adapter on several seats and it worked on some and not on others.

Good luck!


User currently offlineDaron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5018 times:

Surprisingly, all the narrowbodies I've flown recently (757's and Airbii) have worked!

User currently offlineMohavewolfpup From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4997 times:

if it's 70 watts only, I guess I wouldn't be able to bring my laptop with a 130 watt power supply onboard? somehow I picture a 757 dipping and pulling up again in the air as the cabin lights flicker on and off while the pilots are trying to figure out the sudden power loss onboard :p

User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31437 posts, RR: 85
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4961 times:
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Quoting Mohavewolfpup (Reply 9):
if it's 70 watts only, I guess I wouldn't be able to bring my laptop with a 130 watt power supply onboard?

Depends on the laptop.

My HP zd7000 desktop replacement (3.4GHz PIV / 17" LCD), which has a 135-watt AC PS, could not run from the port, but I could charge the battery if the laptop was off. Also, if I left the battery in and connected to emPower, it bounced back and forth between the two (emPower up to 70 watt load then battery for more).


User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4882 times:

I bought an adaptor on a flight from LHR to SFO onboard when i was in F and that worked fine.

User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4795 times:

Quoting Stitch (Reply 10):
My HP zd7000 desktop replacement (3.4GHz PIV / 17" LCD), which has a 135-watt AC PS, could not run from the port, but I could charge the battery if the laptop was off.

My job gave me one of those as well. It looked cool in the catalog, but that thing is huge. I would have never tried to use it anywhere outside of a sturdy desk. Why you would intentionally try to take that thing on an airplane is beyond me. I ended up trading mine back in for an nc6000 just so I had something that was small enough to use on a plane or on my lap. The 7000 series is just too big to lug around and unless you're trying to play games on it there's really no reason to buy such a hugely inefficient device.



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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31437 posts, RR: 85
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4793 times:
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I wanted a desktop replacement (she replaced a laptop and a desktop) that would last years and would look great playing DVDs. But yes, she was a monster - especially with three batteries to try and keep her alive cross-country.

I'm a Mac user now, so I carry a MacBook 13" with me. They just released a MagSafe emPower adapter so now I'm good to go on UA.  Smile


User currently offlineSkyvanMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4787 times:

When flying on United's 744s you should have in seat power in J class. I've had it whenever I've flown UA internationally on 747s and 777 IN J Class.


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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4743 times:
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Thanks for the replies, I am looking forward to my first United longhaul flight  Smile The laptop will come in handy as inflight entertainment on this leg of my RTW.


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