- I have a Radio Shack laptop power transformer to supply 19V... if I hook up to a constant power line in the car, will voltage drop when I start
up the car?
Yes, There is a Voltage Drop. BUT the "SPROGGY" & "Patrick" DC Inverters I have are Spec'ed down to 9VDC.
I only had a Problem when I First installed the Inline Cig Lighter Socket. I Needed a Better Ground than I Used.
You Might want to consider running a Ground wire to the Battery also.
Often I will Power On the I-Opener Before I Start My Car.
& I will leave the I-Opener on for a Few Hours If I am Shopping or Eating.
I would also Recommend an Inline Fuse. I don't Fuse my First socket as The 3 Socket Spliter I plug in Next is Fused.
Both of My Moble Power Supplies will Blow the Fuse Sometimes when the I-Opener is pivoted on its stand.
The Power Plugs are Not Exactly the same as the Wall Wart's. (I haven't figured out what is Shorting where)
I think the Answer is to use the Wall Wart's Plug If You aren't going to Need it in the House
I wouldn't consider a Spare Battery unless
You are thinking about leaving the I-Opener Running more than 6 - 12 hours with the Car not running.
If you do the Spare Battery, You want a Big Diode on a Big Heat Sink,
it's called a "Battery Isolator" they sell them for Spare Batteries in RVs.
I Don't like the Switch Story.
Also, My Power from the Battery, I Ran thur a $10 Audio Noise Filter from Radio Shack.
Since I like to Abuse My Equipment, I thought this might Help it Last Longer.
(I have a Spare I-Opener for when I find this System's Limit !)
- Does your display flicker when hooked to your car?
NO, I have Never Seen this.
- How is visibility in the daytime?
I pulled into a WENDY's Drive thur & the Girl asked Me, "Isn't it hard to Type while You are Driving ?"
I Explained I Don't Type while I am Driving ! I am Listenig to MP3s & Looking @ Maps from the GPS.
WinAmp has Keyboard Shortcuts & the Maps seem to Always be Viewable. YMMV * StarFish *