Generic Surface wall chargers

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  1. ssummer

    ssummer New Member

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    Anyone try those generic Surface wall chargers on Ebay and/or Amazon? They have some for $0.99 and up. I am looking for a backup travel charger for my SP2 and from what I've read, the Surface charger should work (I know it won't be a quick charge if any but as long as I can run it plugged in it should be fine for my needs). $40 for a geniune one is just too much...
     
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    sharpuser Super Moderator Staff Member

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    This is not elegant, but it is the perfect (cheap) and versatile travel adapter solution for me. With this pair for under $20, I can charge in an airport, hotel room, or rental car.

    eForCity 221132 AC/DC Power Converter Charger Adapter 110V to 12V
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    Sikai Car Charger Cigarette Lighter Adapter for Microsoft Surface Tablet PC / Surface RT

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    As an alternative, you can change the wall adapter to a slightly larger unit with two USB ports, allowing for charging of most of your small portable devices.

    AC Wall to DC Car and Dual USB Charger Converter - Includes 2 USB Ports and 1 12V Cigarette Lighter Port Ideal for Charging GPS, Phones, and More While at Home]

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    Finally, if you want an extension cord so you can reach those poorly-paced hotel room outlets:

    Bell 22-5-05103-8 12V 10' Extension Cord

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    Thanks for the link. Are you using this for an SP1/SP2? I'm still a bit hesitant though as the reviews don't seem that good...
     
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    Using it for a SP2. Used to own a SP, and used it with that, too.

    Seems like either reviews were deliberately faked in mid 2013, or the product has been redesigned. I have one in my truck, and one in the car. Now, when I need a charge, I can plug in. I use WiFi through my iPhone hotspot, or at a restaurant or cafe, when traveling.

    Good thing the Surface is 12V. Makes it very convenient to have a charger this lightweight - no "brick". Definitely an accessory to have.

    This is a must-have among my accessories:

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    What in the world do you need 3 keyboards, 3 mice, and 2 docking stations for?!? I assume you are not lugging all of that around everywhere...
     
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    He's a gadget hoarder:big smile:
     
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    Yeah, I concede that looks creepy.
    I just happened to have them all in one place.

    I keep some at work, at home, and in a travel bag. Travel comes suddenly sometimes. Takes away lots of stress. If I can just grab my Surface, (usually in the Nixon case), I know everything else is ready.
     

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