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Old 10-11-2011, 11:49 PM   #11
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Re: 12 Volt Outlet Problem

I had the 12V fuse blow one time out camping and had to replace the fuse and then the 12V worked again. Another time we tripped the electric shut off switch not remembering we had a shut off and no 12V worked. Something else to check.
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:01 PM   #12
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You plug the inverter into a 12V DC outlet and plug your AC appliance into it. You'll have to read the instructions. I have one that has to be restarted every time the 12V power is shut off. Others don't require that you restart them. They are sold from 25 watts output to 300 watts or so ( with the price rising ). Tell the sales guy what you require and he can help you select the model. You will be able to charge your cell phone and/or power a computer. You will not be able to run a hair dryer or coffee maker or microwave or electric heater or any other high draw appliance.

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Thank You very much for Your answer, all I need is to charge My cell, and batteries for My GPS, I will look for a proper inverter, for now I have a eliminator power box 400w, I didn't notice that it says "inverter" on it I use it as a self rescue unit when I am in remote areas, to boost My car battery, charge My cell or other necessities, But is always in My car, will be more convenient to buy an inverter to have in My trailer.
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:27 PM   #13
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Re: 12 Volt Outlet Problem

Just remember that the input (12v side) of an inverter draws 10X the amps that the load (120v side) draws. Since most typical 12v receptacles are limited to around 10 amps, you are limited to a little over 100 watts of load. Although there are much larger inverters available, if you are going to go much over 100 watts or so you will need to wire it directly to your batteries with the proper sized wire. Some models come with alligator clips for temporary higher current connections than the cigarette lighter connection allows.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:12 PM   #14
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Re: 12 Volt Outlet Problem

When dry camping I frequently bring a deep-cycle group 27 battery along just to clip our 400W inverter to. I have a pigtail allowing me to charge that battery from the 7-pin connector in the truck bed. In addition, I can run A LOT of groovy 12v patio lights from that battery (irony?,...probably)
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:13 PM   #15
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I can run A LOT of groovy 12v patio lights from that battery (irony?,...probably)
I just didn't have you pegged for a "patio light" kind of guy : - )
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:36 PM   #16
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Just remember that the input (12v side) of an inverter draws 10X the amps that the load (120v side) draws. Since most typical 12v receptacles are limited to around 10 amps, you are limited to a little over 100 watts of load. Although there are much larger inverters available, if you are going to go much over 100 watts or so you will need to wire it directly to your batteries with the proper sized wire. Some models come with alligator clips for temporary higher current connections than the cigarette lighter connection allows.
Yep.. we hooked up a 2000w inverter to our Batteries and the wire was pretty hefty.. it came with 4 gauge cables. It's perfect for our needs.. coffee maker and stuff like that.. I think I paid around $140 @ costco..
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:48 PM   #17
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Jeff, those are cheap flashbacks to my Haight Ashbury, Monterey Pop Festival days.
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