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    Tutorial: Easily Power a Mac Mini without an inverter or special power supply

    Today, I finally got my Mac mini powered in my car.

    I've placed a connector in the wire that lets me quickly and easily transfer my Mac mini between my car and house by unplugging the connector from the car and plugging it into the Mini's power supply.

    You don't need an inverter or a special power supply... just a laptop car adapter that gives out 18v (link on the page) and a couple of other of little, easy to get bits.

    I've put photos and a walkthrough on my site: http://www.kennettnet.co.uk/astramac/power/

    Hope it's interesting and/or helpful to you all.

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    Pretty interesting. I don't have a Mac Mini in front of me yet so I can't really tell how feasible. Also is this just to make it easier to take in and out of the car by adding that plug?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimey
    Pretty interesting. I don't have a Mac Mini in front of me yet so I can't really tell how feasible.
    It's perfectly feasible - I did it today. That's where the pictures came from.*

    Quote Originally Posted by Grimey
    Also is this just to make it easier to take in and out of the car by adding that plug?
    If you hardwire the mini to the car adapter it will work, but that's it - if you ever want to take it out and use it in the house you need to buy another power supply 'cause you've cut the 10-pin power connector off the one you have. This lets you use the same one 10-pin connector for car and home.

    Also, you have to wire that resistor to the proper wires for it to work at all.

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    Can I send you my brick/power wire and you can do this mod for me? Assuming you would charge a fee of course. Just realized your in UK. NM.

    Back to my inverter. I'm just not that electronically/wire/soddering wise inclined to attempt something like this.

    On a side note.. are you going to relocate your power button? I'm wondering how I am going to incorporate it in the dash and how to actually rewire it/extend the wires into my dash. Any tips on a power button relocation would be appreciated.

    Your wiring has inspired me, just gotta get up the guts to do it and figure our where to get the parts.

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    I plan to have the power controlled by an 'intelligent' car power supply (I have the Opus 90W) that 'pushes' the button when you switch on/off the ignition. I'll still have to extend the wire...

    The power button connects to the connector pointed out in the uploaded picture. It isn't a standard power button header though, so you'll have to find one that'll fit somewhere, or cut the wires and splice an extension on there. You can put a soft push button on there if you like to act as a power button.

    You can get all the parts I used and have talked about (apart from the laptop adapter) from an electronics shop. In the UK, we have a shop called Maplins. I know there is a nationwide store chain in the USA that sells all this stuff, but I can't for the life of me remember what it's called.
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    You're probably thinking of Radio Shack or something of the sort.
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    Did you see this:
    MacMini Power Button and Indicator



    The link was mentioned here before

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    Yea I remember that link but it was just showing the main car install, not the specific button install. If it did I missed it, that's really cool, thanks for pointing that out.
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    AWESOME!!. Thanks so much for the link. This thing is really starting to come together. As far as what type of wires I should use to extend the button, is their a standard I should be using?

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    This is some great stuff! I'm glad there is another alternative out there on how to do this. I am personally waiting for some used mac mini's on ebay to do my tinkering.
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