Asus FA180PM111 is Not Quite the Same as the DELL FA180PM111
After getting the Asus G46VW-BSI5N06 gaming ultrabook, it's time for me to purchase extra power supplies for convenience--one in the bag, one for my desk, and one in my office. But the Asus G46VW is so new that parts for this laptop is not available anywhere yet. It's got a really hefty power supply, so I can't just use any universal power supply as a replacement. It's specs are:
Input: 100-240V 50-60Hz 2.5A
Searching for it's "FA180PM111" model number yield numerous results. In fact, I found that the same 180 watt power supply is used by the Dell and Alienware laptops. The only problem, it seems that the tip to plug into the laptop is different. Based on image from the following Amazon product page, the Dell version's tip has a center pin (see attached photo).
The Asus version, on the other hand, has no center pin. The other minor variation is that the Asus version has an angled tip, versus a straight tip on the Dell version.
My guess is that the Dell version will work on the Asus and vise-versa, but only if you take the time to cut and solder a new tip onto it.
I just found a good replacement candidate for the Asus FA180PM111 power supply adapter. And that candidate is the Asus ADP-150NB D used on the Asus G74SX. The Asus ADP-150NB D specs are as follows:
Input: 100-240V 2.0A 50-60Hz
I have just verified that the physical power tip is the same between the two power supplies. Except the ADP-150NB D is a straight tip, rather than an angle tip. I have also confirmed that the Asus G46VW can be powered by the 150 watt Asus ADP-150NB D power supply. Since the Asus FA180PM111 provides higher output amp, it can definitely power the Asus G74SX.
Question is, will the G46VW ever draw more than the maximum 7.7A that the ADP-150NB D can provide? Well, since Asus provides a 9.23A power supply with the G46VW, then at some point, it's likely the G46VW will draw more than 7.7A.
But how likely is that? I suspect that it's only likely if you put tremendous amount of performance strain on it, such as playing demanding games. If you do that all the time, then ADP-150NB D is not for you. But if you are going to use G46VW in an office setting with no game play, then ADP-150NB D is probably a good candidate for replacement.
The Asus ADP-150NB D is readily available on Amazon for $35.99 shipped:
The Asus 180 watt power supply is now available on Amazon:
The power supply in the previous link is no longer available. But here is the actual Asus 180w power supply (not cheap $95!):
Here is a much less expensive off-brand replacement ($35), but you take a risk with bad reviews:
Delta 19V 9.5A 180W Replacement AC adapter for Asus G75VW-AS71, Asus G75VW-AS72, Asus G75VW-BBK5, Asus G75VW-BHI7N07, Asus G75VW-BT2, Asus G75VW-DH71, Asus G75VW-DH72, Asus G75VW-DS71, Asus G75VW-DS72, Asus G75VW-DS72-3D, Asus G75VX, Asus G75VX-T4153H. Compatible P/N: 04-266005910, 04G266009420, 04G266009430, 0A001-00260000, 90-NKTPW5000T, ADP-180EB D
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