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Posted: 07/12/21 12:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For charging electronics and running a small fan, I use one of these:

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Posted: 07/12/21 01:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use a solar charger similar to This and a USB hub to charge our electronics. Place it in the sun during the day and charge our phones and iPad overnight.


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Posted: 07/12/21 02:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

enblethen wrote:

A good way to charge phones and other electronics devices is a USB receptacle


They are easy to add.


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Posted: 07/12/21 07:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Correct, it is rather confusing that the RV industry decided to call the battery charger/power supply a "converter". While it does "convert" 120V to 12V in some respects it should have been called a battery charger since that really was the prime reason for the converter to exist.


Then you'll get questions from people asking "My RV only has a battery charger, how can I run my 12V appliances when plugged in to shore power?". And really, I use my converter as a DC power supply much more than I need to use it as a battery charger.

I don't think there's anything you could call it that wouldn't raise questions from someone new to RV'ing, but once they learn, then calling it a "converter" is no worse than anything else and they quickly learn the difference between an inverter and a converter.

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Correct, it is rather confusing that the RV industry decided to call the battery charger/power supply a "converter". While it does "convert" 120V to 12V in some respects it should have been called a battery charger since that really was the prime reason for the converter to exist.


Then you'll get questions from people asking "My RV only has a battery charger, how can I run my 12V appliances when plugged in to shore power?". And really, I use my converter as a DC power supply much more than I need to use it as a battery charger.

I don't think there's anything you could call it that wouldn't raise questions from someone new to RV'ing, but once they learn, then calling it a "converter" is no worse than anything else and they quickly learn the difference between an inverter and a converter.


If you called it 12V POWER SUPPLY AND BATTERY CHARGER there would be zero questions. Spells out exactly what the function is.

Calling it a "converter" just makes a muddy mess since folks think it CONVERTS 12V to 120V..

Both converter and inverter "convert" and hence the confusion which could have been easily avoided.

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