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How to Power Your 2010 Mac Mini In A Vehicle, by MCT, Inc.

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by , 08-20-2010 at 10:29 AM (19123 Views)


Well folks, it's finally been done. With the help of ifixit.com, Mikegyver Computer & Tech., Inc. has posted illustrated instructions on how to bypass the internal AC to DC power adapter inside all new Mac Minis. This will make it relatively straight forward (definitely not easy) to use a CarNetix CNX-P2140 power regulator to power your Mac Mini in a mobile environment. Here are the instructions, courtesy of the MCT, Inc. website:

Ok, so hereís how we did it, however we donít like re-inventing the wheel (rather then to improve on it) we going to refer you to ifixit.com on disassembly first.

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac-M...eardown/3094/1

Please do steps 1-14, and 22. Then come back here.

After you have disassembled your Mac mini, remove the power supply and re-assemble everything like so. Reconnect the power supply on the outside of the Mac Mini.

1) Cut the positive wires, and the Negative wires. Note the Middle wire:


2) Solder Pos wires together, and solder Neg wires together.


3) Find a wire and solder to it to make leads longer:


4) Solder the other end of the wire to a Panel mount DC jack:


5) Run it to the back of the Mac Mini where the AC cable used to plug in:


6) Find a Car cig plug (we sell them) and solder it to a 2.1mm plug: However, we strongly recommend a voltage regulator such as the CarNetix CNX-P2140 or CNX-P1900.


7) Hereís how it looks fully assembled.


8) Plug in to the Mac Mini and youíre done!

NOTE: We tested with operating voltages of 10v all the way up to 15vdc, however we STRONGLY recommend you use a voltage regulator.


Please Note: Mp3Car cannot assume any liability for modifying your Mac Mini. Opening and modifying your Mac Mini will most likely void your Apple warranty.

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I'm fairly new to the whole car pc thing i was wondering i have all the components for my car pc now i know this is a power supply pretty much but how to i connect this to the board i would have to buy a cable to hook up from board to this correct. And i was wondering the wires that come with this power supply are those for the power itself or what are they for thanks . Sorry for the dumb ?
LOL - I asked the same question there!

Answer - 1.5mW.
(I remember thinking bullsh - you mean 1.5W. But 1.5mW checked out. And 1.5mW is nothing - and I was considering it from a camping/solar POV which is often FAR more important wrt stand-by consumption. But I wrote that in that review.)

Not that I need one, but I reckon I might just order one in case.
And a spare for redundancy of course!

Thanks Jensen.
My review of this item from a few months back...

http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/mp3c...-6304140a.html