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Old 10-04-2005, 09:48 AM   #1
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Seeking a QUIET inverter...

I'm looking for a quiet inverter to run TV & DVD without a fan all the time. A fan when its hot is OK, or drawing a lot of current, but not all the time. I know these are out there, but this isn't an "advertised" feature. I recall seeing some discussion of an inverter where the fan doesn't run under 100 watts draw.

The inverter I have now is 400 watts continuous, and we use a fraction of that (under 100 watts for TV & DVD). Its mounted on the wall in our Bambi and the fan noise is louder than a 747 flying overhead.

Suggestions for a quieter inverter? With a thermostatic switch, perhaps? I've spent a lot of time searching to no avail.
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Old 10-04-2005, 10:16 AM   #2
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How far under 100 watts? I have a small inverter that I found at Sams Club. mad e by Rayovac. It's rated for 85 watts continuous and 95 watts surge. It's perfect for small loads like LCD TVs, laptop chargers, cell phone chargers, etc. No fan that I have heard of, and the unit can be held in the palm of your hand. The only downside is that it has a single plug.
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Old 10-04-2005, 01:01 PM   #3
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I am using a XANTREX XPower Inverter 400. It is rated at 400 watts continous with a surge rating of 700 watts, but the fan stays off until you hit 80 watts. It has a digital display that gives VOLTAGE IN, VOLTAGE OUT, and POWER OUT readings. It also has a low battery alarm and shutdown. So far, it has worked great.

Their internet site is http://www.xantrex.com/

I could not locate my exact model, but there are similar models listed.
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Old 10-04-2005, 03:59 PM   #4
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Thanks aircooled. I'm running about 60+ watts (?). The LCD TV is supposed to be 45 watts, and the DVD is allegedly 11 watts. Not much... no need for a noisy fan!

The Xantrex site has great information -- specifications & manuals showing which models run fans over certain wattages, etc. Seems to be 80 watts is key on most models. I'm probably going to try the Xantex route -- the quality seems quite good, and the features/quiet are very reasonable. I like the LCD display of voltage in/out, too. Not sure how I'll mount it on the wall if it doesn't have slots for screws, though.

PS -- has anyone noticed the trend in our avatar pics? 19' Bambi all the way, I guess.
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Old 10-04-2005, 04:26 PM   #5
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For the price of a quiet (and expensive) inverter, you could buy a Toshiba 9" AC/DC TV/DVD compo (< $200) at Best Buy. We use the DC plug while "boondocking" and the TV only draws about 4.5 AH from the battery. Something to consider.
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Old 10-04-2005, 04:55 PM   #6
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SilverRanger -- is this the inverter you have? They are about $30 on ebay, which seems fair. One question -- are there any mounting holes or hardware included? My current inverter is a wall-mount and I'd like to replace this one in the same spot.

Incidentally, the Xantrex web site indicates this model turns on the fan above 80 watts, the "plus" models turn on the fan over 100 watts, the other micros above 50 watts, and the "prowatt" models run the fan all the time.

Another TV/DVD that runs on DC would be good... but our "used" (not actually) Bambi came with an LCD TV & DVD player already. I can get away with a new $30 inverter, but would probably get busted if I bought a new portable TV/DVD. ;-).
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That looks exactly like the model I have, and that's about what I paid for it. I don't recall any mounting holes, but I use the universal mounting solution whenever I can: VELCRO...

I hope you enjoy your Bambi as much as my wife and I do ours. It's the perfect size for us.
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I use the universal mounting solution whenever I can: VELCRO...
That's your universal mounting solution too?
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Old 10-04-2005, 05:59 PM   #9
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The velcro is a good suggestion. I think I'll order one of these.

As for the Bambi, we love it so far. There are three of us (one 14 months) with another little one on the way (!). What fun. I'm not sure how it will be with 4 of us, but we've chatted with Airstream about adding a bunk in the back as an add-on (it's an option in the 19' now).
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