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

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

    Well folks, it's finally been done. With the help of, 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 here’s how we did it, however we don’t like re-inventing the wheel (rather then to improve on it) we going to refer you to on disassembly first.

    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) Here’s how it looks fully assembled.

    8) Plug in to the Mac Mini and you’re 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.
    Have a product you would like to sell on the mp3Car Store? PM me for more information.

    Have a car computer question? Ask me by emailing the store.

  • #2
    This tutorial is awesome just what I am looking for. Thanks you did a good job. I got a question, how do you do the wire plus?
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    • #3
      What do you mean by wire plus?
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      I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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      • #4
        Oh G?


        • #5
          Power sorce

          Are u able to power 2011 Mac mini with dc mod using a a/c to d/c 15v 8amp 120watt labtop cable for house use.


          • #6
            Provided its insulation handles the car environment and its core isn't too rigid, why not?

            And a fuse should prevent the vehicle flaming if the insulation does break down.