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    Question Powering my system -- DC-DC or AC inverter

    Well, the last thing I need to figure out is how I am going to power my car mp3 player. I am using an AT motherboard.

    I have read people talking of DC-Dc converters and AC Inverters. I really don't know which would be better and I would like to hear some opinions.

    I saw the Dc-Dc converters at meci.com for about $13 and I was wondering if this would work. If so, how difficult is it to make one of these interface with a computer. Can I run it off of the car cigarette lighter?

    Another thing: I saw some stuff about AC inverters. What is the cost of these and how do they affect battery life? I don't want to use something that is going to strain my battery too much.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    PEACE

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    Well I used to be All for Dc-Dc power supply's. But after I put one in it refused to power up my hard drive. Dc-Dc can be cool by using less power, but Ac-inverters are better cuz you can take yer box out of the car and use it in a party. If power matters just think, car engine powers enough as long as it is running.

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    Well, if AC inverters aren't too expensive then that would be fine. My main concern is making sure that my battery doesn't go dead without spending too much money.

    What is a reasonable price for an inverter and where can I find one?

    Thanks

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    I use a big 300w AC inverter. It's more than enough and it gives me the option to plug in a VCR, Playstation, DVD player, refrigerator, etc. I got mine for $30 from a friend who works at Best Buy (with his discount). I don't think I'd switch it for a DC-DC just because I have so many more options with this.

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    I went to Costco today to stock up on food stuff. Saw nearly a pallet full of Statpower 300W inverters for $34.95 each.

    Costco is pretty good about returns too if you find you don't like using it after a week or so.


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