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Technomadic Tech for Sale (12volt powered Mac Mini & 15" MacBook Pro)
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Oct 14 2010, 7:08 pm - By Technomadia

Cherie and I  are parking our RV for the next six months to experiment with living and working remotely from the US Virgin Islands.

Since we will be leaving our geeked-out home behind while we head off to the islands, we’ve decided that it makes sense to sell the Mac Mini system which has served us well for the past two years as the media center and on-board server.

The Mac Mini is incredibly power efficient, and only consumes around 14 watts while on and idle. This makes it perfect for a system like ours that is dependent on solar-charged batteries. It is also extremely small and quiet. It makes a great DVD and media player, and you can use an iPhone, iPad, or Apple’s IR remote to control everything.

When in our trailer, we power the Mac Mini via a CarNetix CNX-P2140 185W Dual Output Intelligent DC-DC Power Supply. This lets us run our Mac Mini (and stereo speakers too) directly off of 12 volt power, without needing to use an inverter. This makes our setup even more power efficient.

Here are the tech details:

Model Identifier: Macmini3,1 (mid-2009 model)
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo – 2 GHz
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 320 GB / 5400 RPM (Upgraded from the stock 120GB HD)
Optical Drive: SuperDrive DVD/CD Burner
Wireless: 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1
Graphics: nVidia GeForce 9400M
Ports: 5x USB, 1x FireWire 800, Mini-DVI, Mini-DisplayPort, Ethernet, Audio In/Out
Power Supply: Carnetix CNX-P2140 (with Mac Mini power cables). We also still have and will include the regular Mac Mini AC power brick.

Ideally we would like to sell the Mac Mini and Carnetix power supply together as a set, but we would consider breaking them up. Checking eBay, equivalent used Mac Mini’s seem to be going for around $499 (with the smaller 120GB default HD).

With the larger HD and CarNetix power supply, we’d like $650. For the Mac Mini alone, $499 takes it. (And we’ll pay for shipping…)

BTW — The new 2010 Mac Mini model no longer uses an external power brick, so this is the latest Mac Mini that I know of that can be wired to run directly off of 12 volt power. If you are looking for a great computer to be the heart and soul of an off-grid technomadic system, this is the one to get.

Also – Cherie just upgraded her slightly older than two years, 15″ MacBook Pro (purchased July 2008) to a new 17″ model, and her old laptop is for sale as well.

This is an absolutely fabulous laptop with the typical wear and case scratches considering its age, and this model is selling on eBay without AppleCare for about $1100. We’re asking $1100, including FedEx/UPS ground shipping and the remaining year of Apple Care coverage.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in either of these great machines, send them our way.

Link with more details:


  - Chris & Cherie // www.technomadia.com
Cherie and Chris / Technomads / www.technomadia.com
1961 GM 4106 - Vintage Bus
On the road since 2006 

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