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Hardware Thread, Laptop Power Solution Wanted in Technical; Originally Posted by Andrew_C EACH! I think it should be possible to do it a lot better, for less. One ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    EACH! I think it should be possible to do it a lot better, for less. One decent 12V PSU with 8x self resetting breakers to stop the kids blowing it up, plus an 8 way switch (or 2x 5way), one 4 way socket, or have the PSU built with a couple of 13A sockets built in. Patch leads and power leads connected to the kit inside the enclosure so the can be removed for repair, but not by users.

    I really like the idea, shame I don't have a use for it at the moment!
    Having just one 8 port switch won't give enough ports 1 in 7 out

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    10 or 16 port switch for each pod ( 16 would give you some backup in case some of the ports stop working for w/e reasons )

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    Something the size of a 16 port might be too constraining in the size shape of the pod. As I hit the send I realised my error with the 8 port.

    It might be easiest to work to 7 users per unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    One decent 12V PSU with 8x self resetting breakers to stop the kids blowing it up
    One power supply for half a dozen or more laptops? Is that reasonable? Can you recommend a particular power supply - I assume we're talking something a little more heavy-duty than a standard single power brick? What are self resetting breakers?

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    Right at the top of the thread I suggested it could be built, not that you could buy it off the shelf. Having said that, I've not looked, and it may be possible to do just that. Self resetting breakers are around, they pop at a set current, and after a delay (thermal? maybe, I've not actually used them) reset and pass power unless the overload continues.

    OK, I withdraw my surprise at £400; but I'll keep looking! I've fond a 400w PSU delivering 10-15V but it is the wrong side of £350.



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