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    Wonder if someone can help me decide how to power this. I have an EZ Buddie pc system, it has a external transformer that reduces 230v AC to 12v DC, this then inputs to a distribution board inside the pc. The transformer pack is rated at 230V with a max draw of 3A and the output side to the pc 12v 16A. I was running this of a somewhat underpowered inverter 500w (actually required 690w) as a result, a coil in the transformer pack of the pc desoldered its self. This is now fixed but obviously I donít want to run it off the same inverter again. I know I can purchase a higher rated inverter or disregard the current psu setup altogether and purchase one of the current 12V psu's. But im wondering with the pc already been setup to draw 12v DC at 16A, is there a way I could use some form of voltage regulator to control the voltage fluctuations due to the alternator? (I donít know how sensitive the board it to diff input voltages as I cant find any specs for it) Any ideas appreciated. Thanks

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    Don't even think about powering the board directly from the vehicle's PSU.
    You want a 12v regulator that will output 16A or more.

    You're going to have to do some searching for that. Use your strongest Google Fu.

    Frankly, that EZ Buddie system is pretty high powered, making it a less-than-ideal choice for a vehicle. If you can swap any hardware for less power-hungry variants, then you might be able to use one of the Carnetix models.
    I'd look into CPU and HDD swaps to lower the power draw.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?

    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.