I misplaced one of the AC chargers for my two Dell 1011 so I thought it might be a good idea to get a replacement rather than trying to juggle one charger between the two computers.
Well.......I was a little bit floored to see prices of $54 and $64 and even $79.- plus shipping when I looked for a charger a while back.
Seems to be totally out of proportion compared to the $200.- I paid for each Mini.
Anyway - taday a friend of mine showed up with her proud new Acer laptop that she just bought a day ago. After we unpacked it, started Windows 7 and plugged the Acer supplied charger in, I thought to myself - hmmm, the DC connector looks pretty much the same as the one for the Dell, let me check the voltage and sure enough, it was also 19 volts. Ther wattage rating of this charger was 65 Watts vs the Dell Mini requirement of 30 Watts, so that was fine too.
After the Acer was all up and running, I tried that charger on the Dell where the battery was almost exhausted. The plug fit perfectly even though the Canadian Website I had looked at for the Dell called for a 1.7mm ID/5.5mm OD (the charger for the Acer has a 2.5mm ID/5.5mm OD plug) and the Dell happily charged the battery.
I then went looking for a price for the "Acer" charger figuring they must be made by the millions so the price should be pretty low.
And sure enough - there are some on US eBay with a buy it now at less than $10.- including shipping to Canada.
On the $79.- charger, the $10.- wouldn't even cover the sales tax.
Has anyone bought a replacement charger for the Dell?
I'm sort of ready to risk the ten big bucks.