Thermaltake Toughpower Ultra Slim 65W Universal Laptop AC Adapter Reviewajmatson - November 9, 2009
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When it comes to mobile computing accessories, size is always a concern. As mobile devices continue to shrink, down to sizes unimaginable just a few sort years ago, accessories need to shrink to keep pace. One accessory subject to use, besides the device, is the power supply, or brick as it is affectionately known, that supplies the power needed to charge the battery. As the battery life declines and the power supply is used more frequently, you will get to a point when you have kept the device long enough that you may need to replace the power supply. If you have looked at the price of a replacement power supply for a netbook or laptop computer, the price can be close to one third of the cost of the mobile device. Such is the dilemma I faced with my netbook. A new OEM power supply is around $120, while a new netbook can be had for $300. That makes the cost really not worth the additional investment. If only the cost were reduced, I could get some additional life span out of my trusty little netbook.
The Thermaltake Toughpower Ultra Slim 65W Universal Laptop AC Adapter comes packaged in a white box, showing off the product in all of its glory. This gives you an idea on how and if it will work for you, leaving you no surprises when you take it out of the box. The back of the packaging lists the features and specifications for the AC adapter, and gives you enough information to make sure that it will work with your intended devices, to ensure compatibility. Included with the power block are the cords for the wall and the unit, the multi-tips used for connecting to various devices, the instructions, and a carrying case. There are eight tips that are included that will fit a variety of devices including netbooks, laptops and more - with the ability to change the power output to several selections.
The main part of the AC adapter, or the "brick" as I like to refer to it, is not really "brick"-like at all when it comes to size. The unit weighs only 8.6 ounces and is about as thick as a fountain pen. There are connections on the two ends of the block; one is where the cord that comes from the wall goes into the adapter to provide power, and the other is where the cord goes from the adapter to the device you are powering. There are several voltage settings depending on the device's requirements. You can set the AC adapter for 15V, 16V, 18V, 19V, 20V, and 21V.
Now that we have the "brick" out, let's look at the tips and how to use the Thermaltake Toughpower Ultra Slim AC Adapter.