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Old 08-15-2014, 02:31 PM   #131
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The option that lets you use all outlets with either power source (shore power or inverter) is called a Transfer Switch.

If you order an inverter without a transfer switch, then the inverter will only power one of your outlets--or maybe only one of the two receptacles in a duplex outlet--and that one won't get shore power when you plug in to a current bush. All the rest of your outlets would be shore-power only. And that may work fine for you if you just want the inverter for charging gadgets.

If you want to be able to use all four outlets with either power source... get a transfer switch too.

I believe you can, alternatively, skip the inverter altogether and charge most of those gadgets using 12-volt adapters (which cost less than an inverter and are more efficient). That's what we're planning to do, YMMV.

If I've got this wrong, I'm certain we'll know in only moments. :-)
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:36 PM   #132
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...we both have laptops and iPhones that will also need charging along the way. We're thinking we'll need the inverter for that reason...
Unless one is planning on using a hair dryer, coffee maker or some other high-draw appliance, I fail to understand why an expensive inverter is needed. Granted, my needs are small but a portable (and inexpensive) inverter like this one covers all my charging needs...

Edited: Or above as per drpaddle!
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:44 PM   #133
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I do not have an inverter, I charge cameras, flash, iPhone, iPad, GPS, flashing lights for bicycle, run a CPAP, laptop and electric fan and anything else I can think of. In my mind an inverter is not necessary unless you have some very specific need that will not work on 12 volt. There is 12 volt for just about everything, I even have a 12 volt clock with easy to read night time LCD display. Made for truckers.

Then, if you absolutely have to have that 110 appliance while boondocking, ask your self how much boondocking will you actually do, and what will be your cost per use by having an inverter.

I think a better question is how many 12 volt outlets and where. The more the merrier. Here is the best device I ever purchased, works especially well with Apple devices, in that it charges them quickly. Has an Android socket as well for all other devices.

PowerGen White Dual USB 4.2A (20W) Car charger
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:03 PM   #134
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The option that lets you use all outlets with either power source (shore power or inverter) is called a Transfer Switch

If you want to be able to use all four outlets with either power source... get a transfer switch too.

I believe you can, alternatively, skip the inverter altogether and charge most of those gadgets using 12-volt adapters (which cost less than an inverter and are more efficient). That's what we're planning to do, YMMV.

If I've got this wrong, I'm certain we'll know in only moments. :-)
Sorry to go off thread. Love those cairn terriers in your profile pic! We have a red one with an interesting story. Someone found him crying in a field...hit by a car. A lady who runs a small dog rescue took him, got him to a vet and saved him. My husband got a call from our poodle groomer and said he needed a foster home to recover in...well one look and he was ours.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:15 PM   #135
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:21 PM   #136
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We love those two cairn terriers, too -- probably way too much. They're a big reason we're getting our Escape. Tired of dingy dog-friendly motel rooms when we want to go somewhere with them. We hope they like the new sleeping quarters -- they WILL make it interesting. :-)
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Winston looks like a charmer. We'd better tie this into the thread. Are cairn terriers rechargeable at 12 volts or must we get an inverter?
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Winston looks like a charmer. We'd better tie this into the thread. Are cairn terriers rechargeable at 12 volts or must we get an inverter?
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:07 PM   #139
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i think cairn terriers are an energy source- love them had one years ago.
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I do not have an inverter, I charge cameras, flash, iPhone, iPad, GPS, flashing lights for bicycle, run a CPAP, laptop and electric fan and anything else I can think of. In my mind an inverter is not necessary unless you have some very specific need that will not work on 12 volt. There is 12 volt for just about everything, I even have a 12 volt clock with easy to read night time LCD display. Made for truckers.

Then, if you absolutely have to have that 110 appliance while boondocking, ask your self how much boondocking will you actually do, and what will be your cost per use by having an inverter.

I think a better question is how many 12 volt outlets and where. The more the merrier. Here is the best device I ever purchased, works especially well with Apple devices, in that it charges them quickly. Has an Android socket as well for all other devices.

PowerGen White Dual USB 4.2A (20W) Car charger

Thank you for posting this, Paul. Just the info we needed.
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