Charging a powerbook/ibook over firewire?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by katie ta achoo, May 9, 2005.

  1. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I've searched high and low, google and altavista, the apple store and asking the computer teacher at school. Is it possible to hook a firewire cable up from a poweroutlet (like.. from iPod charger w/ firewire outlet to cable to powerbook or iBook)?

    I remember when my iBook adapter gave out on me I thought about doing this, but got the Kensington Air/Wall/Plane thing for $45 from one of my apple clerks. (open box, AWW YEA!)
    But, if it were to ever happen in the future, would it be possible to charge my powerbook or iBook over firewire? Would it make hardware explode or catch fire or hundreds of other horrible situations?

    I'm not willing to test this on my own, but I'm curious about it...
    Does it work?

    BTW, I'm talking 12" G3 iBook 900MHz and a 15" G4 Powerbook 1.5GHz.
     
  2. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a

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    If that Kensington thingy charges through firewire, and the iPod adapter puts out the same voltage, then I guess I don't see any reason why not. However if the Kensington thing doesn't charge through firewire my guess would be that it doesn't... Firewire on your computer gives out power, but I don't *think* it takes it.
     
  3. LimeLite macrumors 6502a

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    NO!

    Do not plug a firewire cable from an ipod power adapter into your computer. The reason you haven't found any information about this is because it's not a feature, meaning it's not meant to work that way. You will most likely fry something if you do.
     
  4. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a

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    Haha... That was what I figured, but since I didn't know anything about this guy's Kensington thing I wasn't 100% sure...
     
  5. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    yeah, I figured as much, that's why I never did it.
    Nothing ventured, nothing gained, ey?
     

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