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post #1 of 9 Old 08-10-2007, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Taking your office on the road (computer)

My job allows me to work from anywhere at most times. I started taking my laptop computer with me on road trips and working from the road. I'm getting paid to motorcycle tour!

I used to store the laptop in a painer in a padded case. When I needed to check emails or other work, it was a pain to quickly access. And keeping the internal battery charged was a challenge. I use a 117V inverter, but it was a mess of wires and such, and it wasn't easy to use at a campsite if the internal battery was empty.
I needed a better solution. I thought long an hard about what I needed.

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Aux rechargeable battery for camp site extended use
Quick Removable, but lockable to the motorcycle.
Ability to charge other devices while riding
Solar power for internal battery charging

Here's what I came up with...........



A Pelican case with a cord that simply plugs into a cigarette lighter socket that is under the motorcycle seat. A 150 watt 117V inverter resides next to the computer



Under the laptop lives an aux battery that is charged from the bike and from a solar panel mounted on top of the pelican case



In the front of the case is a BMW style outlet and two cigarette lighter sockets, LED pilot lamp, a 5 amp circuit breaker and the priority switch which allows bike power or internal power.



I installed a battery charger for the dozens of "AA" batteries the cameras, flash lights, etc use on a typical long distance trip.



I even found a nice little map light that will give me illumination for the keyboard at night.





And the whole case mounts to the bike using a Touratech locking mount. (Solar panel is on order, not mounted yet)



This mount allows the unit to go bike to bike or even into my car. But most importantly, it's easy to take it into the tent at the end of the day.

This setup will make "Office life on the road" much nicer!

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-10-2007, 06:31 PM
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It may not be pretty, but damn that's cool! I'm impressed!

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What do you mean "not pretty"..........I think it is rather attractive!

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-10-2007, 07:12 PM
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That looks great! Freakin James Bond over there. Hell of a Job!
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You have just graduated to level 3 of geekdom. Now if you just had an implant that plugged directly into the bike power...

I have a little Toshiba P Series that I carry on trips. It is very small and not real easy to type on but it will work in a pinch. Truth is I don't really want to work while on vacation.
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I don't know what to say but, wow!

You put some seroius though into that. What an elegant solution.

I bought Pelican cases for my Wee just to fit my rather large laptop with a 17" widescreen. I need it because I do graphics work. I've used it on the bike to look at a map, it's the perfect height for me standing behind the bike on the centerstand.

If I ever run away from home, I will have you make me one, but I'll need highspeed internet everywhere.

Question: Does the stock bike produce enough juice to run all that stuff, or did you have to make some mods?

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All the "stuff" in the pelican case uses very little current. Not a problem on the Wee. On the road, I either find a WiFi site or I have a Sprint Cell card in the computer that is really quite fast.

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Don't go near any mil installations, airports, police, etc with that thing. But it sure looks cool. I just carry my laptop in the Givi top case in the same cushioned shoulder bag I use to walk around with it. I take it everywhere and work from starbucks. Yep, get paid to ride. Nothing like it.

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post #9 of 9 Old 08-11-2007, 01:51 PM
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Pelican cases are great and that is a really nice set up. I love the solar panel idea.

My only concern would be getting enough cooling to the laptop when it is being used. Most of them don't tolerate overheating very well and need space on the bottom and/or side to allow for air flow.
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