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Sean
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Hey Guys, I'm going to be travelling a bit in the next few weeks, mainly US Air, and wonder if I need to have an adaptor for my laptop to use it on the plane (and what kind) or does it plug right into the armrest socket. And does this kind of thing vary from plane to plane? Thanks
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You will not typically find a power jack for your notebook unless you are travelling business class or first class.

In the case where you are travelling in business or first class, you will need an auto/air adapter. They are typically $70-120.

Additionally, some large screen, high powered laptops require 90W, 130W or even 210W adapters. The air adapters usually provide only 65W or, rarely 90W. Depending on your make and model of notebook, it may or may not work on the lower power supplied by the air adapter.

When I fly, its always coach. I usually just pack an extra (charged) battery.
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Also, I hope your laptop is okay with being groped by TSA agents.
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David brought up all the major points (with the wattage one very important and usually overlooked).

If you have a recent MacBook (Pro/Air) w/ MagSafe though, Apple sells a MagSafe Airline Adapter (MB441Z/A) for $49. It connects to EmPower and 20mm power ports, and while it looks like it might work in a car *it does NOT* so don't try it.
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Yeah, David is right. I used to have a job where I would travel a lot, so I bought an extra batter for my laptop. Two batteries would last me 5 or 6 hours each, enough for even an international flight.

I know that there are computer power outlets on some airlines, but you need to buy the adapter, plus you can never tell in advance whether your flight will have the outlets or not. In the end the extra battery is easier.
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Thanks guys, I'l look into getting a spare battery.
 
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