Mar 9th, 2012, 06:04 PM
As a photographer, I use a printer at events that in turn, uses a 1000W mains inverter that has clips to attach directly to the battery.
I can't see in the specification anywhere, but does anyone know what the current capacity of the bike preparation connector is?
Seeing as the battery is quite awkward to get to, I figure that this connector would be more convenient when printing on location.
Mar 10th, 2012, 08:40 PM
Check the fuse rating for it at the fusebox may probably be the easiest way to check. It's unlikely to carry that kind of rating though. The 1kW inverter I used to use had 4x 30A fuses in the supply. I ran it direct from the battery, and that was a separate and much larger 130AH equipment battery rather than the vehicle battery, and with dual charging systems installed.
1kW at 12V DC is 83 Amps. That's close to a lot of alternator output levels which means you'll need the engine running in all likelihood.
Would a small generator not offer a better option? At least you won't inadvertantly kill your vehicle battery.
Mar 11th, 2012, 07:40 AM
Thanks. The printer takes about 500W as it starts up for a half second maybe, after that, it's much more acceptable. I used to use it with my 330d - If there was a lot of printing, or a long day, I would start the engine.
Thought it was worth checking, but I'll stick to connecting directly to the jump start points I guess.
Mar 11th, 2012, 08:52 AM
Out of curiosity what printer? 500w inrush is huge.
Mar 11th, 2012, 09:01 AM
It's a DNP DS40. Spits out photo quality 6"x9" prints in 13 seconds. Can't post a link, you'll have to google it, Photomart sell it in the UK.
Mar 11th, 2012, 12:09 PM
I can't even get the photo printer I use in the Mini..:D
Canon iPF6350 for the large stuff. The Pixma Pro-1 might fit, but neither are designed to be used in a 'mobile' way....:) not buying a Transit:p
I would go for the charge points myself. As you say, it's the instantaneous 'kick' to run the units up that's the ouch bit - electrically.
Mar 11th, 2012, 02:44 PM
I don't think A3 or A2 prints are quite the thing for events anyway! The 9" x 6" stuff goes down well though.