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.
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!