Can I charge my MacBook in the car?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by comedine, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. comedine macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
    I'm trying to find something that will allow me to charge my MacBook from the 12v cigarette lighter of my car but can find anything that suits.

    Does anyone know of anything?
  2. tdgrn macrumors 6502


    May 1, 2008
    Little Rock, AR
  3. comedine thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
    Which one? Do they all work with the mac? I can seem to find an inverter that results in a 13amp socket into which I can plug-in my Apple charger.
  4. comedine thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
  5. Herrow macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    I have been using a PV150 by Tripp Lite for 2 years with out a problem. Great for road warriors.
  6. reggansa macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2006
    San Diego
  7. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    First off that does not charge the battery on the computer and then there is the fact that it does not work on a lot of cars.

    There's a reason it says Airline adapter and the DC adapter has an aircraft logo on it. If this was car compatible, Apple would market it as such and charge about 3x as much.
  8. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000


    Nov 14, 2008
    One thing to remember, it doesnt hurt to get an inverter that has twice the wattage you require. That way you dont work it too hard. Also, then you would have enough power to charge a phone etc. On the other hand, my friend has one of those little one piece deals that barely has enough power, and it still works fine
  9. Marsh99 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2015
    You're absolutely correct. I tried using my Apple AIR power unit on my 11" Macbook Air and it not only didn't work, but got fried in the process. While it appears to be a car charger plug, I suspect the airlines use a different voltage. Most airlines now offer 110 volt power at the seat, so it's loss is okay as I'd never probably use it anyways.

    I keep looking for a dependable 12 volt Apple charging system off the cigarette/power outlet, but so many mixed reviews. Seems it might be safest to use power converter to power the Apple power brick.

    Don't buy the Apple air charger! It simply won't work and you'll have wasted your money.


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