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    why dont you get a trickle charger hooked up to your battery. hook up something (maybe a simple cap/resistor circuit) that will pulse a relay once when it gets power. put that in line with the trickle charger, before the battery (add a diode). when you plug in the trickle charger it'll send a pulse to the relay which will act as you pressing the 'on' button and you're in business
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    Quote Originally Posted by Escalade182
    check out 'shorepower' for boats. they're waterproof and look nice. you could probably mount one in a wheel well or something...


    lol, in an attempt to find an example picture on a boat, I found a ghetto one on a car.. but in seriousness, I'd hide the outlet somehow/where.
    We have those on our ambulances so we can keep things heated and charged while parked. You might be able to hide on behind an emblem on the trunk or just have the plug on a cable come out from under the hood.

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    hinge the license plate maybe. or just do it facing the ground so its not visible unless your laying on the ground lookin up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetzel
    We have those on our ambulances so we can keep things heated and charged while parked. You might be able to hide on behind an emblem on the trunk or just have the plug on a cable come out from under the hood.
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    I don't want to have a plug hanging out - maybe something a little more concealed in the trunk or something. I don't think a trickle charger would cut it if the computer was on for more than an hour or so. I've got a buddy that works at American LaFrance down the road from me, I'll give him a call tomorrow and see what he thinks.

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    yeah a trickle charger couldnt keep up with the carPC draining, depending.

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    i wouldnt put the outlet in the trunk due to the outlet being waterproof. having the trunk open would kind of make that feature useless. it'd be nice if you could work on the carpc even when its raining. i still think a wheel-well location would be the best option.

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    Here's a fairly simple way:

    Put a quick connect connector somewhere (trunk, under seat, etc...) and connect that to a little switch that's on the main car power going to your computer, do it so you can switch between car battery power input and this new input from the connector. Then just got a AC/DC converter, put it in the garage and when you get out of the car just move the switch to the "house power" position and plug in the cable from the garage to the connector in the car. If you also had it switch the 12v on the ACC line then when you plugged in the house power the computer would come on like normal...still using DC w/ it's own PSU.
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    shore-power's are ac-dc. so it could charge and power everything at the same time. wouldnt need a switch. the input would reconize that its plugged in and act as a switch.

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    You could.....

    Bury a coil in the ground where you park.

    Mount a coil on the underside of your car.

    When you want 'shore power' just turn on the coil in the ground. Induction will cause the coil on the car to induce a current. Violla, power.

    Disclaimer: I make no garuntees anbout the damage a giant magnet mounted in the ground would cause to you, your car, your cars electronics, or the local squirrel population. Nor do I make any claims about the efficiency of said apparatus (power is lost over distance squared).

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