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Laptop Chargers In Airplanes

Wed Feb 02, 2005 7:56 am

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.
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RE: Laptop Chargers In Airplanes

Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:20 am


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.

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RE: Laptop Chargers In Airplanes

Wed Feb 02, 2005 10:03 am

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.
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RE: Laptop Chargers In Airplanes

Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:44 am

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..
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RE: Laptop Chargers In Airplanes

Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:10 pm

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:
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RE: Laptop Chargers In Airplanes

Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:26 pm

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

You might want to check with Dell tech service to see what they have to say.
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RE: Laptop Chargers In Airplanes

Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:35 pm

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!
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RE: Laptop Chargers In Airplanes

Wed Feb 02, 2005 3:05 pm

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

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