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    OK....forget laser.....lets talk about inkjet.....or ANY type of printer....now what?

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    With Inject printer, you can just run off the 12V line on the PSU or a small inverter that you can plug in the adapter that comes with the printer.

    I just don't see the need for lazer printer in the car or mobile environment.
    The best option is getting one of those laptop printer.
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    If it stays in the car though, inkjet may not be the way to go, too high of temperatures... What would happen to the ink? That's why I was recommending the thermal printer.
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    And if it gets hot in the car what happens to the thermal paper over time?

    Mind you, inkjet ink might freeze in the winter too. Be interesting to see what the thermal limits of inkjet printers may be. I still think this is your best bet.
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    Hmm... I don't think it'll get hot enough in there to screw up thermal paper... But thermal paper is more expensive.
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    y not a dot matrix?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugenen
    You can buy big invertors for lots of $$$. I have also seen generator ones, basically a 12v motor direct couples to a 120v generator. Saw one in an auto glass van to run a huge shopvac. You will expect to spend a $1000 or two for ones big enough to run a laser printer. Start looking at RV places, they have ones that can run microwaves, washing machines, etc.
    Don't know about those generator dealies, but a 1200W inverter is about $250, and that's probably enough for a laser printer.

    The LaserJet 2100 next to me is 120V @ 3.3A.
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    HP's Laserjet 1300 pulls 360 watts.

    Laserjet 9000 commercial printer pulls 1040 watts.
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    I think a big inverter would work fine. Most inverters have double the peek rating of their sustained wattage. Although they advertise their peek rating.

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    So in order to power a laserjet 1300, you'd need an inverter that's 800 advertised watts?
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