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Re: iPad Charging - 12V vs. Inverter

I used a remote charger on an old Blackberry and swore it screwed the battery up from that point forward. Could be coincidence.
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Re: iPad Charging - 12V vs. Inverter

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I used a remote charger on an old Blackberry and swore it screwed the battery up from that point forward. Could be coincidence.
Minne ... are you saying that the gizmo I posted the pic of is a "remote charger' ?

I'm not too sure what you mean.
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Re: iPad Charging - 12V vs. Inverter

tdw. Can't say I know exactly what your pic is, but it looks like a device that has a rechargeable battery that you can then use to recharge your devices. That one looks like it can be charged by both shore power and solar.

I used one like this when in Europe, so that I didn't have to mess with voltage converters for my Blackberry smartphone (dinosaur now). The one I had would only charge via wall socket. It worked, but the smartphone never took a good charge again.

Could be entirely coincidental.
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Re: iPad Charging - 12V vs. Inverter

Bluesea makes a nice USB charger that is hard wired directly to the boat, instead of using a USB charger:
Dual USB Charger Socket - Blue Sea Systems

It is about $20, so about the same price as a cheap 12V socket and cheap 12V USB charger.

It matches the aesthetics of their 12V ports. No one can accidentally walk away with the charger and give you the excuse that none are left. It has a 2.1A port for iPads and a 1A port for cell phones or smaller tablets.

I carry an inverter, but only use it for charging my camera batteries because there is no 12V charger available for them. Everything else on our boat charges via 12V. We don't ever use the shore power in the summer (I do in the winter to keep a dehumidifer running) and have no genset.
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Re: iPad Charging - 12V vs. Inverter

Here's a good write up on USB chargers. I bought a couple of the Scosche units - they're very low profile.

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-usb-car-charger/
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