Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: Switch for inverter and carputer??

  1. #1
    Constant Bitrate
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    223

    Question Switch for inverter and carputer??

    I was wondering what type of switch would i need to control my inverter and carputer?

    Do they make this type?

    Basically.. I switch it to the middle possition and the inverter turns on. Next I switch it up and the comp turns on then i switch it back down. But while I am turning on the computer the inverter still stays on. Anyone know what type of switch I need for this? Or how to get it this way?

  2. #2
    Maximum Bitrate v8 scimitar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    743
    dont think so unless you can find a double pole 3way switch or an off on momentary on will have to be double pole so you can keep the voltages separated from the inverter supply and the mobo off on switch. Two switches might be better or a switch and push button.

  3. #3
    Variable Bitrate
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    260
    the easiest way would just be how V8 scimitar said, with a normal on off switch for the inverter, and a momentary switch for the computer.

    something like this is what i went with. (pic attached)
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    Take 2 - '03 Audi A4
    macmini with an 8" widescreen (in progress)

    My 2004 Ford Ranger:
    14" LCD w/ custom made aluminum bezel
    Completly custom computer case

    status: Totaled

  4. #4
    _
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Little Elm, Texas
    Posts
    13,500
    and this is precisely why using an inverter is teh suck

    having to switch all of these things on and off everytime you get in and out of the car

    bleh
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  5. #5
    Variable Bitrate xs10x's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Bronx, NY
    Posts
    263
    I like the switches. Plus also having the opportunity to power other devices.
    ````` _____||.\__
    .:.:.:.:.:.:;!_(o)______(o)'i
    TruckputerX - Vortech SuperCharger Vid
    TruckputerX Progress Bar [|||||||||-] 90% Complete [It's never 100% done]

  6. #6
    _
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Little Elm, Texas
    Posts
    13,500
    having to get in every time and start the inverter then start the PC, then when you get out, having to wait for the PC to shut down then turn off the inverter?

    I can understand having an inverter to power other devices not PC related, but for the PC it just simply doesn't make much sense from a well integrated POV.

    if you want switches just to have switches, you can just install a bank of switches that do nothing!
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  7. #7
    Variable Bitrate
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    335
    I think a cool switch to use for the computer power on momentary switch would be the starter button from the Infiniti M35/M45. They look sick. Personally, I would want it all automatic like Red stated, but if you want switches, by all means, switch away!

    Put the "personal" back in "personal carputer"... LOL
    ~Puff

    View my worklog... I dare you... http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/worklogs/77267-2003-audi-a4-worklog-puffs-ride.html

    Carputer Progress [||------------------] 10%

  8. #8
    Variable Bitrate
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    260
    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    having to get in every time and start the inverter then start the PC, then when you get out, having to wait for the PC to shut down then turn off the inverter?

    I can understand having an inverter to power other devices not PC related, but for the PC it just simply doesn't make much sense from a well integrated POV.

    if you want switches just to have switches, you can just install a bank of switches that do nothing!
    Personally, i like it better to the point that if i had a dc-dc power supply, i'd still want a switch for my computer. I don't need it on everytime i start my car.

    And i thought everyone had to turn their system on? I mean...if flicking a switch to turn the computer on is that much of an effort...then it's gotta hassel you to put your key in and turn it? And there's really no waiting for the computer to shut down..mine at least. And even so, i leave my inverter turned on most of the time - it cuts off when the battery runs low, which has yet to happen, considering it draws next to nothing when the computer is off.

    But either way..theres already enough dc-dc VS inverter threads...no need to make another
    Take 2 - '03 Audi A4
    macmini with an 8" widescreen (in progress)

    My 2004 Ford Ranger:
    14" LCD w/ custom made aluminum bezel
    Completly custom computer case

    status: Totaled

  9. #9
    _
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Little Elm, Texas
    Posts
    13,500
    I've got a switch on mine too, one to completely cut power and one for resetting, hidden away nicely inside the glovebox

    the PC autostarts everytime you start the car, if you don't want it to (which in my case is WAY fewer times than otherwise) you cut it off before yous tart the car.

    it might be different in your case, but I'm guessing that there are far more people on here who would rather their PC start up every time with the option of telling it not to, than for it to not start up unless they tell it to.

    remote start the car as you're walking out to it, the car starts up with a dc-dc - not the case with the inverter

    get in the car, flip switches, wait a few seconds longer for the PC to boot up...

    your choice
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  10. #10
    Variable Bitrate
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    260
    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    remote start the car as you're walking out to it, the car starts up with a dc-dc - not the case with the inverter

    get in the car, flip switches, wait a few seconds longer for the PC to boot up...

    your choice
    that's all well and good...if you have remote start. And a less powerful system. I mean..if i really wanted, I could throw in a shut down controller and set it up so it's the same...personally, its not worth the money.

    either way, it doesn't take a few seconds longer..comeon..we're not talking a series of buttons and switches...just one.
    Take 2 - '03 Audi A4
    macmini with an 8" widescreen (in progress)

    My 2004 Ford Ranger:
    14" LCD w/ custom made aluminum bezel
    Completly custom computer case

    status: Totaled

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-07-2005, 12:27 PM
  2. Replies: 47
    Last Post: 05-03-2005, 01:28 PM
  3. carputer install: I dare you...
    By Cat Monkey in forum General MP3Car Discussion
    Replies: 42
    Last Post: 01-27-2005, 06:34 PM
  4. Using the carputer while the ignition is shut off?
    By XMfan in forum Power Supplies
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-01-2004, 07:51 AM
  5. Power switch on my soon to be carputer
    By donalson in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-08-2000, 12:51 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •