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Old 07-11-2016, 06:53 AM   #1
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Inverter to run tv

We own a 2016 jay flight . We primarily do dry camping with limited times to run our generators. What's the best inverter set up to use for this, we only need to run tv . do we need to do anything special besides plug the inverter into the 12v outlet near tv? Thanks
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:12 AM   #2
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You might be able to get away with using the oem 12volt outlet but only for a small inverter. The way I did what you are wanting to do "the right way" was to install a 600W psw inverter in the storage compartment up front near the battery bank and then running a heavy gauge extension cord along the frame rail and then up into the cabinet near the entertainment center in my White hawk. I plug a small power strip into the end of the extension cord and then plug in the dish receiver and tv.

It is important to keep the 12v run from the battery to the inverter as short as possible to prevent voltage drop. Mine is less than 5 feet. Forget what gauge cable I used, but it was stout on the 12v leg. I bought a 100' heavy guage extension cord for the 110 leg and cut it to the nessitary length to reach the entertainment center. I bought one that had end plugs that light up when they are plugged in and kept the female so it reminded me when the inverter was powered on. The left over length of the original extension became a 60' HD extension when I need to run power to a picnic shelter or whatever in the campsite.
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What size battery(s) do you have, Amp hour rating on battery?

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I'd look into a 12v TV, that way you don't have the extra energy loss from the inverter. I've seen some on AMAZON for less than $100.
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:00 PM   #5
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a lot of tv's use a 12v power brick, I know the 24" insignia i picked up from bestbuy does
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:58 PM   #6
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a lot of tv's use a 12v power brick, I know the 24" insignia i picked up from bestbuy does
Absolutely this- Many 22" and smaller ones are 12V already. I just installed a 22" with built in DVD player that runs on 12V and it runs fine off the battery. Installing a second house battery this weekend- figured it will fit, so why not? Seems a shame to get a generator to run a device that requires so little power. Even on bigger tv's, the AC is converted to DC internally.
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We just use a 650W inverter from a farm supply store that plugs into the 12v socket behind the TV. The fan makes noise, but it does what we want when we don't want to run the generator while boondocking without hook ups.
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I purchased a small 175w GoPower modified sine wave that I plugged into the socket behind T.V. This unit has no fan so it's dead silent. Runs my T.V no problem and you don't get the hum through the speakers like you can from other small inverters. For under $30 I'm more than stoked.
Go Power! GP-175 175-Watt Modified Sine Wave Inverter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001539B7O..._p2zIxbFR6BC8G
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Screwby hit it right on the head... lowest possible wattage.. no fan (just check to see if it gets hot).

When shopping for a inverter for the TV, check the wattage on the back of the Tv (or look up on the internet) and use that as your guide for the size you need.

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I purchased a small 175w GoPower modified sine wave that I plugged into the socket behind T.V. This unit has no fan so it's dead silent. Runs my T.V no problem and you don't get the hum through the speakers like you can from other small inverters. For under $30 I'm more than stoked.
Go Power! GP-175 175-Watt Modified Sine Wave Inverter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001539B7O..._p2zIxbFR6BC8G
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GoPower makes a good inverter. If all you're wanting to do is run a TV, then a small inverter will work just fine.
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