Keith----- Original Message ----- From: "Aman Singer" <aman.singer@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindtech@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Saturday, August 19, 2006 1:05 PM Subject: RE: wall plug for bookport?
Hi. Yes, it is possible to plug a Bookport into the wall. This is done through a third party battery eliminator device which acts as batteries.I've done this many times and it has worked well. The device I use and likeis at http://www.qcavionix.com The thread below is from the Bookport list and describes my experience with the battery eliminator. Note that I find that I don't plugthe BP into the wall most of the time, even at home or where there's a plug easily available. The Bookport, when it isn't transferring files, uses very little battery power, and I have a pair of rechargeable batteries I use with it. It's only when the unit itself will be in one place for a long time that I hook it to the battery eliminator. I've read 60 hours as the maximum lifeof standard batteries in the unit and, while I don't get that, and while I use less powerful but more long-lasting rechargeables, I get quite a fewhours, I'd say around thirty or forty, with the unit. The battery eliminatoris, however, very useful for those who are transferring large amounts offiles to the unit. I filled a 2 gigabyte card with data and it took a while.Had I been using standard batteries, I would have had to stop the transferto swap them at least once but, with the eliminator, this wasn't necessary.Aman Hi. The battery eliminator, which allows the BookPort to be connected to a car's cigarette lighter socket for its power, is at http://www.qcavionix.com Note that you'll need to buy a transformer (available at radio shack) which changes the wall socket to a 12 volt cigarette lighter socket (it does both the physical and voltage change) if you want to plug your BP into the wall. The thread discussing the battery eliminator from last year is below. It contains some info on the use of the product. Aman Hi, Keith and all others looking for a plug-in power source for the BP. I received the battery eliminator from QCAvionix. It works very well indeed for the BP (I'm not going to use it too often, as it impairs theportability of the BP, which is one of the best things about the unit), butthis is inherent in plugging the BP in. The eliminator is particularly useful for those times when one needs to do large USB transfers. I just finished transferring 500 files, filling up around 2 gigabytes, and don't know how well I could have done this, which took several hours, with standard batteries. I'll put forward two caveats, if I may. First, setting the voltageon the eliminator is not accessible. You set the number of cells the unit is intended to replace by twisting a knob inset into the eliminator's box. Note that you're setting number of cells, not number of volts. I nearly made thaterror, as I had set the unit to three, thinking that I was setting thenumber of volts (two AA alkaline batteries give three volts, at their best).I was luckily undeceived before actually plugging the eliminator into anything. In any case, you have to use a screw driver or some other object with a flat head to do the adjusting and, though the knob does click,there's no way of knowing which position you're at. It's best to get someoneto have a look, as there's a risk of giving the device you're powering thewrong voltage. Further, I don't know if using the battery eliminator causesdamage to the BP. I've used it twice for hours at a stretch and have found nothing wrong with the machine, and it seems quite happy to go back to batteries, so can only say it works here, and can't guarantee it working with repeated use, or working at all. Again, thanks to Keith for mentioning this product. Though I'm not going to use it for the BP particularly, it will be very useful for other things, and for the BP on occasion. Aman -----Original Message----- From: bookport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bookport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Keith Watson Sent: December 15, 2004 5:48 PM To: bookport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bookport] Re: bookport improvements Great, glad to hear that Radio Shack has such a converter. You wouldn't happen to have a part number on this would you? Keith On 05:27 PM, Aman Singer wrote:Hi, Keith. Let me thank you publicly for this idea. I have contacted the manufacturer of this device, QCAvionix http://www.qcavionix.com and have purchased the device (not for the BP, though I daresay itwould work for that, but for another device I have which requires constantbattery power. I've also bought, from Radio shack, a 110 V to 12 V AC toDCconverter with a cigarette lighter jack. Therefore, I can plug the battery eliminator into that adaptor, and that adaptor into the wall, and I should have permanent power. You might consider doing this, instead of connectingthe battery straight to a transformer. Thanks again. Aman-----Original Message-----From: blindtech@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindtech@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On BehalfOf Steve W Sent: Saturday, August 19, 2006 12:35 PM To: blindtech@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: wall plug for bookport? I was just wondering if it's possible to get a wall plug for a Bookport. I looked up the info on the unit and there was no mention of one, only batteries and USB connections. but I know somebody who is getting one and he was asking about whether or not you could plug it in so as not to usebattery power when you're just sitting around home using it rather than outand about. Thanks, Steve http://vomitcomet.blogspot.com <http://vomitcomet.blogspot.com>BlindTech is a service of MosenExplosion.com. To find out about the other e-mail lists we run, please visit us on the web at http://www.MosenExplosion.comYahoo! 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