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Old 06-12-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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Charging iDevices

I'm curious to know what others do to charge their iPods, iPhones and iPads while dry camping. I have cigar lighter outlets as well as two inverter 110v outlets. How much draw on the batteries? Thanks in advance
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:11 AM   #2
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I use the 12v outlets, lower draw that way. If you use an inverter you lose some efficiency because of having to convert the 12vdc up to 110vac then back down to the ~5vdc that the devices need. Eventually I plan to wire in a USB based charging station with a bunch of outlets so I can plug up several items at once.

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I put in a couple of 12 volt outlets that have USB connections that I can plug my Iphone and Ipad into. Don't really know how much they draw, not much as there is virtualy no change in battery condition when charging them.
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We use 120 volt chargers when we have shore power, of course.

We have a couple 12 volt cigar lighter chargers for when we're not on shore power. I was able to find one on Amazon that has a USB socket that can charge the iPad, too. We have at least 3 iDevices with us when camping (our phones and Erica's iPad, but there may be others), so plugs that have two USB connections are best.

We also have an iPod connection for the radio that I installed. I got it off Amazon (I think this is it) and had it in her car before we sold it, and I pulled it and installed it in the camper. This allows us to use an iPhone to play music through the radio, and it allows us to charge the iPhone even if we aren't playing music (I don't remember for sure if it produces enough power to charge the iPad).
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I'm putting in a use charger with my remodel but also looking into a solar charger.
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We use both 12v and 110v chargers. Have used the 12v for days while boondocking with no appreciable effect on the batteries.
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