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Old Jun 5th, 2004, 06:58 AM   #1
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We are driving to Montreal and Niagara Falls to visit relatives at the end of June and I am taking my iBook along.
I want to buy an car adapter to keep it charged and to let my daughter and son entertain themselves along the way.
The auto adapters are a bit pricey.
I see Canadian Tire has these neat inverters that plug in to the cigarette lighter.

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Should I get the cheaper inverter or invest in the auto adapter?
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Old Jun 5th, 2004, 09:19 AM   #2
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I've got the one with two outlets last summer for our trip to Boston. Had a 13' tele hooked up with PS2, N64 and my iBook. If you plan to watch flicks make sure your child has headphones or bring along a cheap set of speakers as the din will drown out those little speakers on the ibook.
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Old Jun 5th, 2004, 07:37 PM   #3
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I have the cheap one [75 watt,60 continuous]
I can throw it in my PB bag so it doesn't matter which car I'm in I'll have power. My PB G3 only takes 45 watts so it does fine.
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Old Jun 5th, 2004, 09:45 PM   #4
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i can't remember which model i bought, but it was the best $100 i spent.We got it for a trip to Niagra Falls which my 5year old and 3year old came with us.We hooked up the TV,DVD,VCR,charged the GBA, cell phone......

I know mine has the double input plus the cables for you boat and such..
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Old Jun 5th, 2004, 10:50 PM   #5
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I have both - a Targus car adapter I got for cheap when it was on sale but I wanted this not for the car adapter part but for the airplane adapter that comes with it. I use the Canadian Tire one - the small one with only one plug everyday for my iPod as when I got a CD/FM/MP3 player put in with the RCA jacks that come out the back and work with the mini jack so I can plug my iPod into my car stereo directly, when I plugged in my adapter, I got horrible alternator whine which of course I don't get with the Canadian Tire one.

The nice thing with the Canadian Tire solution is you can plug other things into it and not pay for the expensive adapters - cell phones, iBooks, iPods, (all of which I've plugged into it at one time or another - it was great for my iBook during the power outage last year!). It's worked out well for me!
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Old Jun 5th, 2004, 11:05 PM   #6
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The one from Canadian Tire, 75watt one, works great. It's only $30 too..
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Old Jun 6th, 2004, 05:50 AM   #7
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Thanks all. Decision made. Inverter is the way to go.
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Be sure to consider any potential uses you might have. You don't want to dissapoint yourself when you try to use it for something else only to find there isn't enough power. When you go to the store check the power chart they provide and get the right size for any potential needs.

I used one of these when my cottage was being built and we had no power. I could run drill, lights, etc. but I had to have a 700W unit to do it.
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Old Jun 8th, 2004, 12:22 PM   #9
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Canadian Tire.

I have an inverter, paid 25 or 30 dollars for it when it was on sale. Does more than just the iBook, has a nice alarm for when there is a power problem. Great investment.
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I was at the Heartland Canadian Tire (hwy 10 and Britania Rd) and the 75W inverter is on sale for $20.00. Bought it and a 400W model.
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