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Old 12-19-2003, 12:38 PM
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use of power inverter, voltage meter, etc.

Another thread prompted this question. I obtained a power inverter so I could run my new laptop in the car while driving...no, not for me to get on line while driving....for the kids, to play DVD movies while on a long trip. (In my 85 300TD with a new mercedes battery..nice white one!)

I dont know much about these things....will I seriously drain my battery? Will I need to run the car for, say, another hour after watching a movie to top off a depleted battery?
Is this a good excuse to install a DC Voltage meter in the car to monitor battery/charging system (I've always wanted to do this...to put in another cool gadget).

Any thoughts?

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Old 12-19-2003, 01:53 PM
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We run ours in the car all the time. But not when the engine is off.

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Old 12-19-2003, 02:23 PM
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It would probably be like leaving tour dome lights on.
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only when running

No, I would not be running the thing with the car off...only when on the road.

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you gona be fine...laptop doesnt use no more power than your headlights
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