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Old 04-30-2013, 08:24 AM   #11
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Hello DP,
Understand that there are two possible ways to hook up an inverter. The first is though the cigarette lighter which was the basis of of your initial question. This does not offer a lot of power but a convenient way to do small tasks. The second way, which Roy detailed out and would be able to power an HDTV, would be to directly connect to the 12V batteries through thick power cables. As stated before, inverters are inherently inefficient and would drain the batteries fast. Hence, everyone who runs an inverter has a generator or other means to recharge.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:15 AM   #12
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Ok, This is just for that MUCH needed CUP of COFFEE without the use of an inverter. I can think of a lot of things to use the batteries for, but MrCoffee is not one of them. SOOOOOOOO, I made an attachment for my MrCoffee 2 cup coffee pot that makes 2 cups of HOT coffee without the use of ELECTRICITY. I borrowed one of DW’s Rubbermaid food containers (see picture) and put 2 - 1/16" holes in the bottom of it. Start with only two and add one at a time if it is to slow, to many holes will overflow the basket. I set up the coffee maker with the coffee grounds in the filter/basket and place the Rubbermaid container on top of the coffee/filter. I boil 2 cups of water on the stove and pour the hot water into the container on top and there you have it. I am one happy camper, and saved a few Amperes for the TV/Radio/Laptop... I added pictures of the Rubbermaid container used and what it looks like with the coffee pot.
Give it a try... all you will get from the other half is "YOU DID WHAT WITH MY CONTAINER....!!!", but all is well after she had that first cup :-)
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Re: Dc inverter question.

Thanks for further clarification. I think in the long term I'll looking for a generator and once I get there then I'll look into wiring a converter into the trailer. Keeping an eye on on Craigslist for one. Found a Honda 2000 for $500 about an hour away but it's about 4 years old and been used quite a.
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Awesome idea by the way. Wouldn't be so bad if all my buddies had a percolator or a french press. But when it's 5am and 40 degrees I really want a good cup of coffee.
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Thanks for further clarification. I think in the long term I'll looking for a generator and once I get there then I'll look into wiring a converter into the trailer. Keeping an eye on on Craigslist for one. Found a Honda 2000 for $500 about an hour away but it's about 4 years old and been used quite a.
Maybe see what they will take for it, with cash in hand you may just get it for ~$400. There are lots of Honda Small Engine Repair Shops that can clean up the mechanicals for a reasonable amount and then you got a nice generator.
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Before I got my 2KW generator I used a good ole COLEMAN Stove TOP peculator.

Still makes great coffee... I carry this same coffee maker with me today for a backup source to make good coffee. Once you make the coffee then pour it up into a thermos...

Don't let the fancy drawing make you think it is super complicated. It just shows being direct connected to the battery instead of going thru a cigarette lighter plug which doesn't carry much current and can overheat the plastics on you if you draw around 5AMPS or so for very long periods of time. My connection got so hot one time it melted the solder in the plug connection and all I was running was a 12VDC connection to a small 10-inch TV set....

The INVERTERS work the best when installed as close as you can get them to the battery terminals and used large cables. Then you can plug in 120VAC extensions cords to run to to where you want the 120VAC POWER to operated things with. This can be almost any length.
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Are your cell phones/games USB charge compatable? If so, purchase a 12volt car power plug for USB charging. They only use milli-watts of power from the TT battery to charge, which is a lot better than the inverter drain.
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I guess this is an example of where my electrical ignorance is showing. I guess i had no idea making a pot of coffee and dumping it into thermos would be so taxing. I've read people powering their HDTV's through an inverter so i just assumed. And no worries about the lawnmower generator. I hate them as much as anybody else does. I'll keep an eye out for a used one though.
Champion is now making a quiet one (like honda and yamaha) but at a way less price less than half the cost of the big names.. and you can get it at Costco.. 2000 watt and a full sine wave.. (safe for sensitive electronics like LCD or plasma TV's)
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Champion is now making a quiet one (like honda and yamaha) but at a way less price less than half the cost of the big names.. and you can get it at Costco.. 2000 watt and a full sine wave.. (safe for sensitive electronics like LCD or plasma TV's)
I saw that. I also saw that ryobi makes a 2200 at home Depot for $599.
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