Solved

Need a Portable battery or USB powered A4 printer

Posted on 2010-09-02
4
651 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
We have mobile working operatives who need to connect a portable printer to a laptop and be able to print off A4 documents.

The operatives visit housing properties which do not have an electricity supply.

Therefore they need to have a printer which is powered directly from a laptop via USB or powered by a battery.

I came up with the idea of using thermal technology as these printers may be sitting on the carpet / seats of a car and Ink tends to dry out.  Laser would be another good option but I guess powerwise it would not work.

I have found this printer which is almost perfect:
http://www.xomobo.com/planon-printstik-ps950-600dpi-portable-bluetoothusb-thermal-printer-with-charger-case-planon-ps950-p-2542.html

But i expect the paper costs to be too high and the 20 page limit is too little

Any feedback would be appreciated
0
Comment
Question by:auraorange
4 Comments
 
LVL 20

Assisted Solution

by:n2fc
n2fc earned 100 total points
ID: 33587513
You could solve your problem by tackling it another way...
1) Find a printer that works for your needs, but has low power requirements, even if A/C powered.
2) Use a 12V "gel-cell" battery... small, light and easily rechargeable (look for battery backups for alarm systems) Cost: around $25
3) Use a DC=>AC inverter to power the printer... Cost: around $25
So for about $50 or so you can have a small, lightweight, rechargeable battery supply for ANY printer that meets your needs... Size of battery will depend on time needed to power printer between charges...
Alternative:   Use a small UPS (basically the above components packaged in one box) that  is charged nightly to power the printer when AC power is unavailable.
0
 
LVL 32

Accepted Solution

by:
aleghart earned 300 total points
ID: 33592363
We have a portable Canon color inkjet that's used for trade shows.  Has a battery pack.  Not sure how long it lasts, since they can usually get near an outlet.

The current model is here:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/printers_multifunction/photo_inkjet_printers/pixma_ip100

There is also a car adapter available.

Personally, I use an inverter from Wagan (APC and TrippLite make them too).  Plugs into the cigarette lighter socket and gives me up to 150 watts of 110VAC.  Enough for a small laptop and small inkjet.  They make them up to 300 Watt.  Higher than that and you'd overload the wiring and fuse, so you have to buy a kit to direct-wire it to the vehicle's electrical system.
0
 
LVL 24

Assisted Solution

by:Dr. Klahn
Dr. Klahn earned 100 total points
ID: 33593578
The Canon BJC-50, BJC-80 and BJC-85 are decent portable printers, though no longer manufactured by Canon.  They're not expensive, have internal batteries, the ink tanks don't cost a fortune, and are widely available on ebay.  They have the traditional parallel port interface, but $3 on ebay will buy a USB to parallel port adapter.

If they're going to be left in a car, avoid extremes of heat or cold.  Heat can permanently reduce the battery's life, and cold will reduce the battery's output until it's warm again.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Closing Comment

by:auraorange
ID: 33595585
Thank you for the great feedback.

I'm going with the IP100 as this offers a complete solution for us.

N2FC your suggestion was well thought out and if it was my equipment thats the way I would go but as it's work and needs to be simple to setup and support the IP100 i feel is the best solution.

Thank you DrKlahn, i noticed some of the older discontinued printers do seem the best but i'd probably get shot buying second hand equipment without warranty for work.
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Can I legally transfer my OEM version of Windows to another PC?  (AKA - Can I put a new systemboard in my OEM PC?) Few of us are both IT and legal experts but we all have our own views of Microsoft's licensing rules and how they apply.  There are…
If you are having problems installing printer drivers, or if documents repeatedly get stuck in the print queue even after re-installing the printer drivers, then follow these steps to solve the problems. Please note that the steps are shown both for…
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview how to record your screen with Microsoft Expression Encoder. This program is still free and open for the public to download. This will be demonstrated using Microsoft Expression Encoder 4.
Learn how to create flexible layouts using relative units in CSS.  New relative units added in CSS3 include vw(viewports width), vh(viewports height), vmin(minimum of viewports height and width), and vmax (maximum of viewports height and width).

895 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

13 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now