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Common Room / Re: new ldv owner
« Last post by Rocksmix on April 18, 2019, 07:42:48 AM »
There is a lot of slippery in getting to read this post, which I am very impressed.
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Living and travelling... in a van / Re: Advice
« Last post by Rocksmix on April 18, 2019, 07:41:24 AM »
This story can inspire me well. you for the good feeling That has come to share
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Living and travelling... in a van / Re: Desktop Computers and Vanlife?
« Last post by nomadnovan on April 18, 2019, 06:48:39 AM »
Hey Nomadnovan,

this is what I'm worrying about, really.
I have a 130W, 20V laptop, and am told that a decent power bank and an inverter would sort me out, but I worry that people don't realise how much power they pull, and that it's not actually possible unless you're hooked up to shore power.
The thing is even if you could generate enough power, you'd have to have your engine running all the time. So there's the fuel cost, what that's doing to your engine, and the noise of a diesel van engine running while you're working.


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Common Room / Re: IVEco daily
« Last post by Camper_Dan on April 18, 2019, 03:28:46 AM »
I want to know in various stories. More about the subject To be used in daily life

Greetings!

An Iveco Daily is a type of van.  To hear our stories, please start a new topic.

Cheers!
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Living and travelling... in a van / Re: Desktop Computers and Vanlife?
« Last post by Camper_Dan on April 17, 2019, 11:03:59 PM »
Hey Nomadnovan,

this is what I'm worrying about, really.
I have a 130W, 20V laptop, and am told that a decent power bank and an inverter would sort me out, but I worry that people don't realise how much power they pull, and that it's not actually possible unless you're hooked up to shore power.

Greetings!

NO!!!!! Forget those power banks, and do your best to avoid inverters.

Cheers!
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Greetings!

Inverter: Converts 12v battery power to 120v AC house type power.  Inverters also come in multiple types, plain, modified sine wave, and pure sine wave.  Pure sine wave provides the cleanest power for electronics.  Using an inverter usually costs an extra 20%-25% more power from your batteries.

Inverter Generator: Fuel powered generator that produces both 12v DC and 120v AC power.  Typically these produce cleaner power than a normal generator, which is better for electronics.

Some people are calling power packs/banks generators, but they do not produce power, they only store it like a battery.

The hair dryer is probably out unless you go with a generator, anything like that involves heating is terribly taxing on batteries.  I'd also skip those expensive 12v fridge/freezers.  I've switched back to a plain old ice chest, and if I was going to go back to a powered fridge I'd probably go for a 3 way fridge that can be run mainly on propane, or with a little conversion either kerosene or even vegetable oil.  They will basically run on candle power, saving you a ton of power.  They can be found used really cheap at wrecking yards.

For the next part of the equation, deep cycle batteries don't like to be discharged farther than 50%, so you need at least double the maximum amp hours you're planning on using.  To be safe, and better for the batteries, I like to go at least 3x on amp hours just to be safe.

So first we need to figure out how much total power we'll need, then we'll figure how we'll recharge it.

Cheers!
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Living and travelling... in a van / Re: Desktop Computers and Vanlife?
« Last post by LeeCooper on April 17, 2019, 10:29:34 PM »
Hey Nomadnovan,

this is what I'm worrying about, really.
I have a 130W, 20V laptop, and am told that a decent power bank and an inverter would sort me out, but I worry that people don't realise how much power they pull, and that it's not actually possible unless you're hooked up to shore power.

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Living and travelling... in a van / Re: Desktop Computers and Vanlife?
« Last post by nomadnovan on April 17, 2019, 04:11:21 PM »
Just wondering if there were any more updates on the desktop/van solution?
I don't think there's a way around the basic problem.

High powered desktops need a lot of power so you need a generator or shore power.

I've got a high powered laptop but even that would be difficult to use in a camper. I'm part-time camper so I leave it at home but it has a 120W power supply and at full pelt drains the battery in an hour.
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Living and travelling... in a van / Re: Desktop Computers and Vanlife?
« Last post by Dodge on April 17, 2019, 11:47:09 AM »
Don't have my van anymore =/
However in my new job we have just bought a ASUS GL703GS for showing demo's and work abroad, if I were to go back in a van, i'd be looking at one of these or better, along with a second screen to work from!

It's handled VRay rendering, intense 3DS Max scenes, VR demos in UE4 and Apex Legends  and didn't miss a beat,

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Living and travelling... in a van / Re: Desktop Computers and Vanlife?
« Last post by LeeCooper on April 17, 2019, 11:16:01 AM »
Just wondering if there were any more updates on the desktop/van solution?
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