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Posted: 05/14/12 04:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am looking for a power inverter that I can plug in the ciggerrte lighter of my class C that will run my TV. I hate running the genny just for the TV. Any suggestens?

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Posted: 05/14/12 04:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's a startng point:

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Hi,

Either the Samlex, or Morningstar 300 watt units will do a good job.


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If you have an old CRT type TV, keep in mind that there will likely be a surge at start up to energize the degaussing coil. There won't be a surge on an LCD TV. IMO there is little difference in inverter brands nowadays. Find one that has enough output to power your TV and look for one that doesn't run the fan all the time if the noise will bother you.

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Posted: 05/14/12 05:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the Xantrex 600, back up power. works great. 5 years old now

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After reading the posts, question on an inverter, could you use one to run your refrigerator instead of using propane? Brain thinking......

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Hi,

The absorption fridges draw a little over 300 watts and have a duty cycle of 2:3. That works out to about 4.8 kwh per day (or about 320 amp-hours). One would be better off with a residential fridge.

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After reading the posts, question on an inverter, could you use one to run your refrigerator instead of using propane? Brain thinking......


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Depending on the lighter socket it is rated for 100-200 watts tops. and likely not even that much.. Just so you know.

I recommend pure or true sine wave inverters, They start at around 300 watts so they are not good for plugging in to the lighter socket. TVs Radio, Audio gear and some other stuff (a long list) may work fine on an MSW inverter, or may not (Kind of like a casino where you pay your money and take your chances).

TSW inverters: They work, as designed, no problems.

I currently have something like five inverters in this RV. one is actually hooked up and working (There is a 75 watt MSW plug in in my computer bag, and 2 or 3 MSW's of various sizes in basement storage) these are used when I am not in the RV. (They date back to the stick house)


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