Been a while! Hope everyone's well!
I discovered a little Rialta hack for my Apple laptop that I wanted to share.
I'm lazy and haven't re-wired the stock wiring to the 12V outlet, under the desk. Because of the lightweight stock wiring, I was always encountering a problem where, whenever my Apple laptop was both turned on and charging the battery (i.e. < 100% battery), it would cause the fuse on that circuit to pop. (Of note, I could charge the battery, but only if the laptop was off.)
This also created a nasty scenario where, if my laptop battery wasn't full, I couldn't use my laptop in the Rialta (since my laptop would immediately start to charge the battery if I plugged it in, and turned it on... gah).
So, I thought about it and hunted down this hack:
TL;DR - If you put a piece of tape over the middle pin of your Magsafe charger, it will prevent the charger from charging the battery, but the charger will still be used to power the laptop.
In my situation with the stock wiring, this allows me to use my laptop whenever it's not fully charged and let's me not drain my coach batteries, just to charge my laptop.
Hope that helps someone! Cheers!
Apple also has a direct DC 'magsafe airline adaptor' that also doesn't charge your battery. You'll reduce energy usage by skipping the inverter and and by not charging your battery.
This is a continuation of the Living in a Small RV series. It will be a bit boring for anyone who isn't interested in solar power, but I wanted to write it like this because I had a tough time finding all of this information tied together.
There are two classes of devices in an RV that need electricity, AC and DC. The DC ones run off the battery and these include things like lights, the water pump, the vent fan(s), and anything you can plug into a 12v socket.
The AC ones are primarily the air conditioner and the microwave. They get their power from either plugging the RV in to a campsite or 120v socket at a house or by running the generator.
"Something about the trailer smelled wrong, in a way that couldn't be just chalked up to it being old. Had I any sense I wouldn't have dismissed it. I would have gone home. But home was the last place I wanted to be. And I paid for it.
It was my sister's trailer. Said with all that had been going on I should get out of town. Even if only for the weekend. The weather was supposed to be cool. No rain. Just me and myself, with plenty of time to think things over. Plenty of time to calm down. At least that was how it was supposed to be. She was right. It was beautiful. And there was no one for miles. A private place off the path from everyone.
I was on my second night out there. I had gone into a nearby town to grab some supplies. Mostly some drink. A few steaks. Food for forgetting. I arrived at the place in the field. The trailer was off to the side, its back framed in by pine trees. The field was filled with tall grass, and was damp as I trudged through it on the way from my car. I cooked the steaks in a in ground fire pit, and downed a good amount of the booze till my head was spinning a little. I came out there to think things over, but all I wanted to do was forget.
At around ten I headed off to bed. I was properly drunk, and there was no one to talk to. The outside of the trailer smelled strange as I approached it. I figured an animal had moved past and marked it. Though I had never smelled anything like that in my life. I went into the trailer and bedded down, the smell still stuck in my nose. I think I fell asleep soon after.
I awoke in the middle of the night. Drink does that to me. Doesn't do that to other people. I sat up, unsure why I had woken up. I went to the front of the trailer and drew myself some water and looked outside. I froze in the spot as my throat constricted and my gut flipped on itself. Standing in the middle of the field was a figure, and though I couldn't get a good look at them I could tell that they were facing towards the trailer.