Charging MBA off a scooter. Possible?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by iamsen47, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    As above in title. If I were to run a cable from the battery/alternator/that-thingy into say, a lighter socket, and use that to charge my MBA. Would the power provided be stable enough?

    It is but a mere 50cc scooter, I don't know how much power the alternator actually provides or whether it's stable. I know people that've connected USB outlets to charge their phones/GPS.

    Will an unstable current damage the battery or charger?
     
  2. macrumors P6

    Weaselboy

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    Assuming the scooter's electrical system is 12 volt, then a cig. lighter adaptor attached to the battery would work fine. Don't attach it to the alternator though, you want the battery there to provide stable power.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    Not sure if the 12V current coming out would have enough Amps to charge the battery in any meaningful timeframe.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    That might be true.

    I had been thinking of going on a short little road trip into somewhere remote, camping most of the time. The little scooty will have to charge an iPhone, iPad, MBA and a mifi. Honestly, I don't know if it'll work. I might get a solar charger for some extra juice if necessary, though I'm more worried that an unstable current might damage the chargers/batteries.

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    yes that. Cig lighter, forgot what it was called for a moment there. My friends have those on their big touring bikes. Mine is but a mere city commuter :(

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