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Powering a printer "out in the field"?

mwoods 14 22 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2014 9:42PM
Is anyone powering a dye-sub printer where there are no power outlet sockets, please?

How are you managing it?

Cheers, Mark.

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TTT 17 585 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2014 7:51AM
mwoods 14 22 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2014 1:54PM
Thanks, TTT, but I need to be able to offer 8x6 inch prints, not just 6x4 inch.

Good to know, though, and thanks for the answer.
Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
11 Apr 2014 12:30PM
I don't power a printer, however I do power other 240v products using an inverter connected to 12v car/leisure battery. However depending on your power requirements a car battery may not be necessary. I can power a 40w moth trap bulb on a small 15amp sealed lead acid battery all night and the battery only measures 6x4x4 inches.

Advice on choosing the right inverter for your needs can be found by visiting this SITE which is where I bought my last one. I'd imagine you wouldn't need anything more powerful than a 150-300w to power a printer, but that's something you'll need to check for yourself.
mwoods 14 22 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2014 5:04PM
Cheers, Ade. Someone else mentioned leisure batteries - I'll read up!!
thewilliam 10 6.1k
11 Apr 2014 5:40PM
Leisure batteries are designed for long discharge at moderate current whereas car batteries are designed to deliver the enormous current that a starter-motor needs but only for a short time. Also, leisure batteries are intended to be carried around.
mwoods 14 22 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 11:15PM
Is anyone using a battery powered printer such as a Canon PIXMA iP100, please?
Hi mwoods. Did you resolve the issue of powering a dyesub printer out in the field? I have one myself and found a couple of options. One get a generator and something to stable to flow of power or using a 200ah leisure battery and a 400w inverter which would supposing ly last around 3h if the printer is around 350w.

Was thinking to have it hooked up to the car and leave it running but it seems the printer maybe require too much power so I don't think this will work.

If you have a solution I would love to know or if anyone has an answer that would be great.
keithh 15 25.5k 33 Wallis And Futuna
29 Jun 2015 2:23PM
Don't power it from a running car, theres not enough power flow control.

The best option would be a 1000 watt sine wave genny. Can be found for less than 300. This would power your printer and any laptops etc and the modern briefcase style ones are very quiet indeed.
Thanks Keithh. So with this option the power is stable as I own a mitsubishi cpd70dw and the guys at systeminsight told me i need to link it to a stable power source not one which fluctuates as this can affect printing.
keithh 15 25.5k 33 Wallis And Futuna
29 Jun 2015 3:00PM
Yep. That's the reason for them. A steady controlled supply. And they really do make very little noise.
Brilliant. Thank you so much for your help. I think this will be another purchase on the books Smile
mikeweeks 14 977 3 England
10 Sep 2015 12:40PM
The best answer is the Honda suitcase generators, not cheap but it is the choice of professionals, myself included - seen far too many have issues with cheaper products.

thewilliam 10 6.1k
10 Sep 2015 4:23PM
You need to check that your intended power source gives a regulated 230V and won't give voltage spikes when a load is disconnected. If in doubt get an Automatic Voltage Regulator which is designed to do just that.

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