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Running a laptop from aux outlet while driving

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BeeRadd, May 24, 2012.

  1. May 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM
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    BeeRadd

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    Anyone done this? Bout to go on a 12 hr road trip to Cali tomorrow. I have an ext. cord I was wondering If I can run my laptop off the 400w/100w outlet in the back of the truck so we can watch movies.
    THANKS and have a good weekend.
     
  2. May 24, 2012 at 12:19 AM
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    I assume you're talking about doing this while the car is running and in motion?

    I know my laptops power input is 100-240v @ 1.6amps. I'm not sure what yours is (probably similar) but I'd think the taco should be able to handle it as this is a pretty light load. Are you talking about running an extension cord from the back into the cab while driving so passengers can watch a movie? If so all i can say is 'ghetto' :p (but it will get the job done for this weekend which is what you want)

    Anyone else feel free to chime in if i'm wrong :)

    Please remember to drive safe, as movies can be distracting to the driver even and especially if he cant see it but hear it.
     
  3. May 24, 2012 at 12:31 AM
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    Yeah, lol thats exactly what I'm talking about. Using the (unmodified) Aux to keep my laptop running so we can watch movies while the truck is in motion, all while running an EXT. cord from the back to the inside. Ghetto? Yeah, I guess so but hey at least we get to watch movies.
     
  4. May 24, 2012 at 3:44 AM
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    What I have always found that works great for me on road trips is good old conversation and interaction ... :cool: ... sorry, I couldn't resist.
     
  5. May 24, 2012 at 5:03 AM
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    Go to Walmart's camping section and buy a 3 prong AC to 12 volt DC adapter for less than 20 bucks and plug your laptop into one of the cigarette lighter outlets inside the cab. Works fine for laptops, dvd's, etc.
     
  6. May 24, 2012 at 6:10 AM
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    Along with Pb over at Toyota Nation, I was one of the original pioneers of this mod. If you do this writeup I created:
    http://www.maticuno.com/inverteroutlet.html

    At the same time you do the constant 400 watt mod you'll be golden!
     
  7. May 24, 2012 at 6:13 AM
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    This^ On my 6 hour drive to Moab, I had the GPS plugged in, the laptop plugged, an sometimes even my cellphone charger! lol
     
  8. May 24, 2012 at 7:36 AM
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    Do the 400W mod and put an outlet in your cab (I have two mounted on the right side of the console in front of the shifter). You can power smaller laptops, DVD players, etc. off of the factory inverter but if you run a gaming monster it won't be enough (ask me how I know :) ). I have two outlets so I can recharge camera batteries and run a netbook at the same time.
     
  9. May 24, 2012 at 7:41 AM
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    how would you even go about running the extension cord into the cab? I'm a noob, are there holes that go into the cab from the bed?
     
  11. May 24, 2012 at 8:05 AM
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  12. May 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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    I charged my laptop this way on the way home from Moab, just set it in the back of the cab, ran the charger through the window and I could still shut it with my thin cord.
     
  13. May 25, 2012 at 12:21 AM
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    I think he is talking about needing this for the weekend, so I don't believe major installation / mods are what he's looking for. With what he's got he can do what he wants / needs.
     
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