I'm looking for a way to supply 19V at 6.32A, with an input voltage of 11.5-15V.
I'm currently using a pure-sine 1000w inverter + OEM 120w power supply. It draws about 3.33 A at 11.96V (40w). The laptop self-reports to using approx 25w, giving an efficiency of ~60-70%.
I've looked at a previous previous answer, which suggested:
- building one from scratch (I don't know how to do it)
- buying an OEM "car" power supply (I haven't found any that support 120w, only 90w)
- using a boost converter from eBay/Aliexpress
Non-OEM "car" power supplies exist which support 120w. Most seem to be cheap crap. I bought a branded one ("Lavolta") which had good reviews on Amazon, but first it refused to charge the battery until I turned off/on the computer. Then it fried my battery. Maybe it produced voltage spikes higher than 19V.
I already have a 6A DC-DC boost converter that I bought from AliExpress. But when adjusting the potentiometer, the voltage can jump quite a bit +/- 1v.
My conclusion is that the cheapest and simplest solution is to use the DC-DC boost converter, but add some over-voltage protection, perhaps with a crowbar circuit.
Is there a better way? Any suggestions for the components I should use in the crowbar circuit?