High End Gaming Laptop/desktop Power Inverter

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magicorscience's Comment
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I am a gamer and want to buy a high end laptop or desktop to use in the truck. (roughly 3 grand).

One concern is powering either. The laptop of my dreams has a 300 watt power supply. Can I use an inverter plugged in a cigarette lighter to power that? I've heard the fuse has a limit. If not, how much roughly to get someone to install a hard wired inverter?

If I bought a desktop it might use up to 750 watts. So I'm assuming I would probably need a hard wired inverter.

Anyone know how long the truck could run a 300 Watt laptop with engine off?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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You'll need to have an inverter in the truck that's hooked up to the batteries.

Otherwise it'll power it but it won't be providing sufficient power to your devices. Which is awful for your laptop.

I wouldn't gamble with that kind of laptop. Get it what it requires.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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A 1500 watt or 2000 watt inverter will handle either just fine but with the truck turned off you will have about 30 minutes max before the emergency shutdown alarm sounds and turns off all the electric except what is needed to start the truck.

If your into COD or Battlefield or pretty much any multi-player game that requires little to no lag then you can look forward to many nights of PoWnAg3. That's being owned in gamers talk for those that may not know. While you certainly can get good internet in alot of major cities it's not gamer type of a connection. And forget the internet in truckstops. They are laughable. 100 to 150 ms ping time IF you happen to get lucky. If not 300ms to 1000ms .

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David's Comment
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I had purchased a cobra 1500watt invertor for my 2500 laptop.. it had to be connected to batter which wasn't all that hard. Just make sure your company is okay.. I had mine run under drivers seat and it sat behind the seat. There was a hole for air line that I ran the wires through to the battery box. Worked good. I ran it whenThe truck was on.... Some terminals will have a decent connection.. and like guy said TS net can be horrible... I found it works good in the day when it's empty of trucks.. otherwise it'll be single player games for you..

I'm a pro gamer my self.. been through a few leagues and competitions.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

magicorscience's Comment
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Yeah I don't bother with truck stop Internet. I pay a fortune for 30 gigs on verizon instead.

David's Comment
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Yeah I don't bother with truck stop Internet. I pay a fortune for 30 gigs on verizon instead.

What games you in too?

If you do wow or any mmo , your 30gig should be good.. wow uses around 230-500mb and hr.

BF and other first person games will use a bit more... But you may be able to get away for a few hrs a week...

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Yeah... I wouldn't recommend WoW on the road. You'll never be a productive driver with that drug in your system.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Yeah... I wouldn't recommend WoW on the road. You'll never be a productive driver with that drug in your system.

"Hi, My name is Guy and I am a 8 year recovering addict of WOW."

COD and any other game like it bored me. Played WoW for 8 years and finally became bored with it. Also spent 2 years on War Hammer and 9 years with Ultima Online (which most of you have not heard of. Wow took its place in the mmorpg market. Many years on Second Life on RP servers and before all that in the beginning of AOL texted based RP in chat rooms and in IRC chatrooms.

So I do know about gaming and high end computers just a little. All my computers have been built with very narrow specs in mind designed for one type of game in mind(whatever flavor of gaming I was doing at the time). Let computer games fall away into the back ground and become only a part time hobby. You can not mix hard core gaming and trucking. They are like oil and water. They don't mix at all.

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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I am a gamer and want to buy a high end laptop or desktop to use in the truck. (roughly 3 grand).

One concern is powering either. The laptop of my dreams has a 300 watt power supply. Can I use an inverter plugged in a cigarette lighter to power that? I've heard the fuse has a limit. If not, how much roughly to get someone to install a hard wired inverter?

If I bought a desktop it might use up to 750 watts. So I'm assuming I would probably need a hard wired inverter.

Anyone know how long the truck could run a 300 Watt laptop with engine off?

I game a lot on the road, sounds crazy but I find the time while still doing a rolling 70 and running hard. I've never had a complaint about my production, its always the other way around. I used a laptop with a plug in inverter you get from a truck stop for awhile and it worked just fine. It would last about a few hours and thats all I pretty much needed it for and if my battery was full on my Laptop I would just unplug it. Now for your desktop question I'm almost certain I'm using up more than 750w and I use a 3000w inverter with an APU.

I play all games developed by Blizzard except WoW because I really don't have that kind of time to invest in Raiding and Questing but if I ever get off the road, you better believe I'll go back to it. Starcraft is my most often played game behind, SimCity, Civilization and Banished.

truck driver with computer in his truck

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I am a gamer and want to buy a high end laptop or desktop to use in the truck. (roughly 3 grand).

One concern is powering either. The laptop of my dreams has a 300 watt power supply. Can I use an inverter plugged in a cigarette lighter to power that? I've heard the fuse has a limit. If not, how much roughly to get someone to install a hard wired inverter?

If I bought a desktop it might use up to 750 watts. So I'm assuming I would probably need a hard wired inverter.

Anyone know how long the truck could run a 300 Watt laptop with engine off?

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I game a lot on the road, sounds crazy but I find the time while still doing a rolling 70 and running hard. I've never had a complaint about my production, its always the other way around. I used a laptop with a plug in inverter you get from a truck stop for awhile and it worked just fine. It would last about a few hours and thats all I pretty much needed it for and if my battery was full on my Laptop I would just unplug it. Now for your desktop question I'm almost certain I'm using up more than 750w and I use a 3000w inverter with an APU.

I play all games developed by Blizzard except WoW because I really don't have that kind of time to invest in Raiding and Questing but if I ever get off the road, you better believe I'll go back to it. Starcraft is my most often played game behind, SimCity, Civilization and Banished.

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Oh ok we are talking about casual gaming. I thought we were talking about hard core gaming as in turny's and the like. Causal gaming you can get away with.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

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