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Old 03-29-2010, 09:01 AM   #1
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Help for the Inverter Challenged!

I've searched and read through most posts about installing an inverter; however, it reads like a foreighn language to this electrically-challenged girl.

Here's my question, and I'm hoping that those of you who are much more knowlegable than I can point me in the right direction.

We have a 1970 Safari, (with one 12V battery) and all our electrical is original and in great working order. When camping without shore power (which is what we do most often), we would like to be able to plug in our awning lights, charge our cell phones, and occasionally play a portable DVD player for the kids. Is there a realistic, simple, economic solution for installing a small inverter that could provide us with some 120 power for these small luxuries?

Would this be a huge install, or is there an easy solution?

Any advice would be great!

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Old 03-29-2010, 09:58 AM   #2
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Think in 12VDC terms. Your cell phone, lap top, potable DVD player ect. can operate and charge from a 12VDC supply. You can even get awning lights that run off 12VDC. You can also get an inverter that plugs right into the 12VDC outlet(the thing that looks like a cigarette lighter). It will be a small inverter but with one battery you will need to be a little careful with the power usage.
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Thanks, Lee. Would using the type of inverter you described drain the batter significantly and quickly (say from just running awning lights or a portable DVD player?)
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Thanks, Lee. Would using the type of inverter you described drain the batter significantly and quickly (say from just running awning lights or a portable DVD player?)
Try to go 12VDC first. When you run a inverter just the process of changing 12VDC to 120VAC will use up power you will never see.

How fast this will drain the battery depends on a lot of things. How efficient the inverter is. How much power the DVD player uses. What kind of bulbs are in the awning lights and how much power they use. ect. Sorry no quick easy answer with this one.
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