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Old 07-16-2016, 07:01 AM   #11
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I did what BASSDOGS did and installed a 600W PSW POWER INVERTER near the battery bank and ran multihead extension cord to Home entertainment area... I ran a second extension cord with multihead outlets to a table in the bedroom area...

I have yet to run a full 600WATT load but its there if I need it. My load is around 200WATTS (16-18DC AMPs LOAD) for the things we want to run between 6PM to 10PM at night...

I started out with a 150WATT Power Inverter but right away you start wanting to add a few more other small items. Eventually ended up with the AIMS 600WATT PSW model from AMAZON a few years back...

This is just me but I would not hook any of my electronics or transformer/motor type appliances to MSW POWER INVERTER... This includes all of the 120VAC Cell Phone and LAPTOP chargers etc... Sometimes it works for folks as you read on here but it only takes one time it doesn't work and you have invented the BLUE SMOKE... It seems many of the electronic controllers are very prone to fail and an Electric Blanket controller will go up in blue smoke before you plug it in. It knows what will happen haha...

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Old 07-16-2016, 07:17 AM   #12
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Totally agree with the bigger inverter so you have enough for bigger appliances. I have an 800w soon to be upgraded to 1500w inverter that lives under the sleeping area close to the batteries. The sole purpose of the small inverter is just for the T.V. and an Amazon Fire Stick. Since there was a super convenient 12v plug-in right behind the entertainment center there for it, I used it.
Running a huge inverter for tiny draws uses too many precious amps for boondocking/dry camping. Sunlight for my solar system is no guarentee and wasted watts could ruin a trip if something goes sideways. Like Mustang said, run the smallest inverter you can for what your supplying power to.
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I did what BASSDOGS did and installed a 600W PSW POWER INVERTER near the battery bank and ran multihead extension cord to Home entertainment area... I ran a second extension cord with multihead outlets to a table in the bedroom area...

I have yet to run a full 600WATT load but its there if I need it. My load is around 200WATTS (16-18DC AMPs LOAD) for the things we want to run between 6PM to 10PM at night...

I started out with a 150WATT Power Inverter but right away you start wanting to add a few more other small items. Eventually ended up with the AIMS 600WATT PSW model from AMAZON a few years back...

This is just me but I would not hook any of my electronics or transformer/motor type appliances to MSW POWER INVERTER... This includes all of the 120VAC Cell Phone and LAPTOP chargers etc... Sometimes it works for folks as you read on here but it only takes one time it doesn't work and you have invented the BLUE SMOKE... It seems many of the electronic controllers are very prone to fail and an Electric Blanket controller will go up in blue smoke before you plug it in. It knows what will happen haha...

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Old 07-16-2016, 07:45 AM   #13
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You may be able to plug a 650 watt inverter into the 12v outlet in your RV, but you will not be able to pull more than 150 watts or so because of the limited capacity of the outlet.

2nd the technology of inverters is way down the road at this point and there is a reason that msw inverters are so cheap. Get a psw inverter and protect the investment you have in electronics, computers, etc. I have a couple small msw cheapos that I sometimes use to run a small air compressor to blow up an air mattress or the like, but would never use one to power up a tv or other related electronics.
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Yeah that plug behind the T.V. will in no way handle anything much more than the 175w I plugged in. I tried a 600w for giggles and it blew the fuse in the T.T. as soon as I turned it on like I knew it would.
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You may be able to plug a 650 watt inverter into the 12v outlet in your RV, but you will not be able to pull more than 150 watts or so because of the limited capacity of the outlet.

2nd the technology of inverters is way down the road at this point and there is a reason that msw inverters are so cheap. Get a psw inverter and protect the investment you have in electronics, computers, etc. I have a couple small msw cheapos that I sometimes use to run a small air compressor to blow up an air mattress or the like, but would never use one to power up a tv or other related electronics.
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Old 07-16-2016, 10:30 AM   #15
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SCREWBY - Keep in mind the quality build for the very smallest POWER INVERTERs on the market may not be the greatest in the world...

Being a ham radio guy the RFI NOISE generated by the cheaper POWER INVERTERs was really really bad for my Ham Radio HF operations. Could not get away from it around my POPUP trailer using the cheap 150WATT POWER Inverter unit...

I still have RFI NOISE being generated by my 600W PSW Power Inverter unit but it is not too bad and I am able to live with it. Being FRAME GROUNDed near my Battery bank switches was a good move on my part I guess... I only have it now in the 7Mhz bands in small grouped bands where before it was everywhere haha... This is a loud band of BRRRR noise being generated...

I was not happy at all with my cheap auto parts store POWER INVERTER and it is stowed away in its original box around here somewhere haha... Thought I might find an emergency need for it somewhere down the road...

This is the extension cord I use on the back side of a table near the Home entertainment area and bedside table... This is always ON whether I am at Shoe Power sites or running off my batteries. Being PSW anyone can plug into it without fear of damaging anything...


Its all about what YOU want to have anyway - just passing on my thoughts...

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First thing to do is look at the power cord for your TV.. does it have a little black box in it? if so GOOD.. now read what is on that box... my 42" Phillips says 120 V a/c to 12 VDC. which means I can just plug it right into the 12 volt system of my RV after making an adapter cord to the TV power in.. to make the adapter use a VOM to figure out the polarity of the plug cut the plug half way between the power puck and tv ( at this point I would use a flat 2 pin connector so I could always return it to use with the power puck) and wire in a "cig plug" to the other end plug in and watch tv.
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Screwby's inverter solution

Screwby. You stated that you just plugged the Go Power! GP-175 175-Watt Modified Sine Wave unit into the 'socket' behind your TV. I took at a look at the unit in the link your provided (below). I assume by 'socket' you mean 'outlet'? How did you plug this unit into the outlet when it has a cigerrate input on it? Is there another piece that needs to be purchased?

Thanks for the tip!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001539B7O..._p2zIxbFR6BC8G
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[QUOTE=Wrolly;495045]Screwby. You stated that you just plugged the Go Power! GP-175 175-Watt Modified Sine Wave unit into the 'socket' behind your TV. I took at a look at the unit in the link your provided (below). I assume by 'socket' you mean 'outlet'? How did you plug this unit into the outlet when it has a cigerrate input on it? Is there another piece that needs to be purchased?

Thanks for the tip!

Per the picture on the link it comes with a cig lighter plug.
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I went for a small wattage Inverter at first and after a short time i kept wanting to add more and more of the small wattage items... My 75WATT Inverter was much too small to handle anythig extra... I eventually insrtalled a 600WATT PSW AIMS ower Inverter coming directly off my battery and ran its two 120VAC ports using multi-head drop cords with one going to the home entertainment area and the toher one going back to the bed we sleep in area. Cords are out of sight running along the walls or inside the cabinets...

I leave the 600WATT unit on all the the time and the multi-tap cords have ON-OFF switches on them...

We normally use ours between 6PM and 11PM when camping off-grid like we do alot of and it works out great for us... I am using around 300WATTs of small items running off the 600WATT Inverter.

Being PSW i never have to worry about what gets plugged in... Got mine from AMAZON several years back for $159...

This is what I do at any rate haha...

The RFI signals coming from the Power Inverter gives me a few headaches by putting strange signals on my Ham Radio setup especially in the 7MHZ bands but all is liveable...

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Norty...yes, I see the cig adapter on the inverter, but based on Screwby's post he plugged the inverter into the outlet by his TV inside the RV. There is no cig adapter input in an RV by the TV. Just wondering how he accomplished this.

Roy, your solution may be the only way to accomplish this, unless Scewby has a solution to use the cig adapter with an outlet.

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