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Old 08-16-2019, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by woxofswa View Post
I’m old school. I have a quality Marine cig lighter with a two port adapter.
In my road kit I have a tire inflator, an air mattress inflator and a spotlight all with cig plugs and I’ve used all three at OSH.
Never had noise issues.
SO no noise issues on your headsets or comms while filling tires and air mattresses and using the lamps while flying? You’re sir are very talented
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:03 AM
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I’e had very good experience with these AUKEY dual 2.4 amp chargers from Amazon. 2+ years and 200+ hours of keeping an iPad mini 4 and Stratus 2 charged, with no noise issues. On cross country flights, it will bring both the iPad and Stratus to 100% even if they weren’t fully charged to start with. I bought 3, one each for car and airplane, and a spare in the airplane glovebox.
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Old 08-18-2019, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Lynnb View Post
This is actually the one Stein sells now. Price on Amazon is a few bucks less, but it is the same blue sea systems they put in my panel and sold me for my AV Fans.
I suppose he changed suppliers. I was referring to the old one that he sold, not realizing the change.

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Old 08-18-2019, 01:37 PM
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Default Testing several Amazon finds, one for new Pro iPads

I'm the guy building the iPad panel, so this topic is pretty familiar. I'm currently testing a couple of Amazon buys to see if they work out. For iPads with Lightning ports (everything but the Pro models), I'm using these: ($9.99)

For the new Pro models that use USB-C, I'm using these: ($16.69)

So far I've not had any problems with noise from either unit. That said, I've found that gear that works perfectly in one aircraft (no noise) can cause noise in another. Variations in shielding, grounding, and location of systems (radio, intercom / audio panel, charger, etc.) can make a big difference.

I will say that if you're going to use one of the new Pro model iPads, you'll definitely want a charger that can support USB Power Delivery. Even the 4.8 amp Blue Sea charger wasn't keeping my 11" iPad Pro happy, but the 3 amp charger with PD seems to work quite well.

The biggest unanswered question on these cheap chargers is how long they will last. (I have a spare plus a USB charger pack in my travel kit, just in case.)
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Old 10-18-2019, 12:56 PM
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I’ve used these 12 volt Magnadyne USB outlets in my motorhome. They’re designed to fit behind the rectangular 120v electrical outlet covers but would look sharp in a water jetted panel cutout:

This one has a cigarette lighter port included (ugly wall plate not required):

Here is the 4 outlet version:

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