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Question Car-charging the Dell mini9 - 03-14-2011, 08:13 PM

Could someone outline how to charge the mini9 from a car charger?
I bought a used mini9, arriving fully-charged and apparently working fine. At present I don't have ready access to a 120-volt outlet. I bought an $8
"19 Volt 1.58 Amp" car-charger ('precisely' the mini9's official specs), and when I connect it to an old AGM-lead battery (which reads more like 11 than 12 volts, but is still usable), it measures at 17.5 open volts, and when connected to the mini9, it starts out at maybe 0.3 amps, but within about ten seconds rises to 2, maybe 3 or more amps, the mini9 battery LED then turns on orange and starts blinking, and the current suddenly drops to zero. No obvious damage done.
I'm somewhat ignorant - What would be wrong with this charger that would cause this behavior? Or does this indicate something wrong with the battery, or the mini9? Can you suggest some tests?
Should a more expensive charger work (and what necessary specs should I look for)?
I don't want to use a DC-AC converter. Thank you, tfj
The user manual doesn't seem to give any detail about charging (e.g., what signals does the battery LED send?).

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Cool 03-14-2011, 11:29 PM

a car inverter may better suit your needs, not only that but you can run other things besides charging your mini...with the inverter just use your standard house charger and plug it in like you would do at home.....like I said you can run other things too..maybe shave on your way to work (lol)...

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Default 03-15-2011, 12:05 AM

For $8 I would not expect that converter to supply the proper voltage and current for the Mini.


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Default 03-16-2011, 02:18 PM

Yes, sounds to me like the battery wants more current than the charger is rated for..causing the charger's overload protection to engage.

An inverter could work, but get one rated to handle the max current draw of your charging mini..or you will have the exact same issue.
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