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Old 10-21-2019, 08:04 PM   #1
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computer power supply

Hi I was trying to figure out what would be the best way to power laptop,computer and monitor or two. or

picoPSU-160-XT, 160watt (200watt peak) , 12V input DC-DC ATX Power Supply
An psw inverter could power more but they cost more.
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:04 PM   #2
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Pricey but high quality, clean, long lasting, power source.
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:32 PM   #3
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It'll help if you can clarify the conditions when you want to power that equipment. Power from the alternator while the bus runs? From the starting and lights battery? A house battery? etc.

If you'll be powering from the bus alternator then efficiency of the power supply system isn't a factor. Either the bus is motoring along down the road and a few watts lost to inefficiency of powering that equipment makes a tiny difference in fuel consumption, or else the bus is idling while you work and it's converting fuel to electricity as a horribly inefficient generator. In these cases using an inverter to power the ordinary mains power supplies is the most convenient, off-the-shelf approach.

If you'll be powering from any kind of battery and want to make that battery last as long as possible, running the equipment direct from dc with a power supply like the one you listed at newegg may help you get about 10% more runtime out of the battery as compared to using an inverter. The dc power supply approach could be more physically compact as well.
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Old 10-21-2019, 11:31 PM   #4
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With the engine running going down the road so i can use a tablet to monitor the engine and a passenger maybe watch a movie. I will have shore power hocked up soon so that is not a problem.
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