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tracysbeans 2,408 1,223 November 24, 2012 at 09:25 AM More HP Deals
I'm hoping someone can help me. I'm looking for a small lightweight mobile printer to use with my Ipad and Ipod for on the go. I guess I don't care what brand it is as long as it can print from an ipad or ipod. BUT someone was telling me I needed an HP to do that?? I want to be able to get online with my jetpak and print documents form my e-mails. Or print coupons from the coupons.com app.

I went on HP's site and found this but it's pretty expensive and some of the reviews are bad for it. http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/...RRWidgetID

There has got to be something cheaper than this out there that is small and lightweight. And I would think some of you guys are using something on the go!

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you are going to have to trade something off and provide more info by mobile do you mean it has a battery, how small is small, Epson is the brand at the apple site so there are others you will have to decide the tradeoffs

this one is 50.00

http://www.righttoolusa.com/p/Hp-...02853.html
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you are going to have to trade something off and provide more info by mobile do you mean it has a battery, how small is small, Epson is the brand at the apple site so there are others you will have to decide the tradeoffs

this one is 50.00

http://www.righttoolusa.com/p/Hp-...02853.html
As small as possible. And one that uses a battery. The Epson one is to big. Do you know of anything smaller?
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the one you link to prints via Bluetooth which the Ipods/pads don't support.

I did find this one but it does cost a lot more

http://www.amazon.com/HP-OfficeJe...B0010Z3KZG
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the one you link to prints via Bluetooth which the Ipods/pads don't support.

I did find this one but it does cost a lot more

http://www.amazon.com/HP-OfficeJe...B0010Z3KZG
That's nice but boy the price tag is to high. I know for what I'm looking for I'm not going to get a cheap printer but that it more than I want to go. Also many of the reviews for it aren't good. Frown

I appreciate you trying to help me. I thought this would be easier to find. I have been searching all day. Frown
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well where are you going to be printing from? Most inkjets don't take much power so if you have a car you can just use a standard printer, and an inverter
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even that expensive one plus the wifi adapter probably couldn't print from an ipod/ipad.

In order to print from an iOS device, generally you need a printer that supports Apple's AirPrint. Plenty of manufactures make them not just hp. In my brief search none of the "mobile" printers that are small and have batteries support this. Your best bet is probably to use an inverter or to try to find an alternate power supply for one that works off 12v.
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well where are you going to be printing from? Most inkjets don't take much power so if you have a car you can just use a standard printer, and an inverter
Oh maybe that's what I will have to do. An inverter is just a outlet you plug into your cigeratte lighter?

I would pefer a battery powered on though.
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Oh maybe that's what I will have to do. An inverter is just a outlet you plug into your cigeratte lighter?

I would pefer a battery powered on though.
An inverter just changes a DC power source to an AC one. Make sure you get a 12V to 110V inverter for use in the car. Also be careful. Inverters get their power from your car's battery. Use it too much and the battery might die. Carry a spare to be safe, or be ready to get a jump if you need one.
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An inverter just changes a DC power source to an AC one. Make sure you get a 12V to 110V inverter for use in the car. Also be careful. Inverters get their power from your car's battery. Use it too much and the battery might die. Carry a spare to be safe, or be ready to get a jump if you need one.
For best results just unplug it when not in use for best gas millage and always if your car doesn't automatically cut power to the cigarette lighter. Cheap inverters don't create a nice sine wave output, be careful when you plug in as highly capacative or inductive loads can be trouble. A SMPS for a printer should work just fine.
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Do either of you guys know of a good battery powered mobile printer? There has to be people out there using them. I'm just finding printers with a bunch of bad reviews. I know I had one years ago for one of my businesses and it worked great. So I thought with as many people that are on the road today there would be a bunch of good ones.
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Make sure to know about the networking requirements that go with iPad printing. Once upon a time, you had to have a wireless network for an iPad to talk to a wireless printer. This [apple.com] thread says otherwise for certain printers, but I would do more research. I have come across this topic multiple times and there has never been an easy solution (e.g. printers are too big, not portable, needs a network, etc...)
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good battery powered mobile printer?
good is on the opposite side of battery-powered and mobile, I suggest buying a separate UPS (or inverter) + a "good" printer (but not laser, as those draw too much power when they warm up)
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So I thought with as many people that are on the road today there would be a bunch of good ones.
I think today, more and more people are going paperless. akkmed is right, many of the wireless printers that support the ipad would also require an access point. From my perspective mobile printers have always been a bit underwhelming.
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I think today, more and more people are going paperless. akkmed is right, many of the wireless printers that support the ipad would also require an access point. From my perspective mobile printers have always been a bit underwhelming.
This. Mobile printers don't work well because they are technically not feasible. To print from the iPad, you'll need a wireless printer. A wireless radio plus printing will use a bit of power--more than a small battery will support for long. An inverter is a better bet, as all battery powered mobile printers that perform reasonably well are super expensive (talking around $900). With an inverter, the solution is simple. You'll need a way to generate a wifi signal. If your phone plan supports mobile hotspot, that would be your best option. Otherwise a regular wireless router plugged into the inverter should work fine. Then configure an AirPrint capable printer to work over that wifi network. Printing from the iPad should work fine.

Another thing to note is that a compact printer that can print on a full page will still be at least nine or ten inches wide. Most inexpensive options are closer to a foot. That's not really all that compact, but the printer needs that space to accommodate a standard page size and to fit in all the printing parts.
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