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Old 11-10-2009, 07:28 AM   #1
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Question 12 Volt TV?

I have to replace my TV and was directed towards the Jensen brand. These are designed for RVs and are supposed to withstand the vibration, heat and cold conditions better. When looking, I see that they offer a 19 inch TV that is 12 volt. Are there any benefits to having a 12 volt unit over a regular 110 volt house unit? I can get a 22 inch VISIO out of Costco for a fraction of the cost.

I do have a built in inverter in the trailer so I could use either when boondocking? I would love to hear any takes on this dilemma.

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Old 11-10-2009, 08:03 AM   #2
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We've had a Jensen 12 Volt RV TV for several years. It is bullet proof, not bothered by temperature extremes. We got it because we boondock a lot, have solar power and don't need an inverter.

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Old 11-10-2009, 12:00 PM   #3
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3 weeks ago we got a Naxa 15.6", Model NX552 with DVD player.Runs on 12VDC or 120AC.So far we like it a lot.Looks like a good set for our Boondocking if we are at a place that you can even get TV.
TV boondocking at Quartzsite AZ over the air is not good.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:14 PM   #4
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A friend just got a new trailer with a Jensen. He was trying to program the his Direct TV remote to operate the TV. No code listed, so he called Direct. They told him that the Direct remote will not operate a Jensen.

Anyone else have different info?
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:55 PM   #5
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This might help.

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Old 11-10-2009, 05:18 PM   #6
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Most major truck stops (Pilot, Flying J, Loves) & some independent ones sell them. You'll find many 12 volt appliances there. We had a small 2 cup coffee maker in our truck for use while driving.

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I have a 12 voltDC, 19" HDTV with a DVD player built in from Target. It is a Polaroid. It works well and uses 12 volts or has a transformer that you can plug into 120volts. I have had it about a year and a half and have had no problems. Albeit I have no temperature low extremes to help. It works fine in heat. It cost $329.

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Old 11-12-2009, 06:25 AM   #8
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The best reason to go direct to a 12 VDC TV so far as I'm aware is that you get losses when running through an inverter from your battery bank. And there also are energy losses in charging the batteries from a solar system or even from shore power and then more losses in going back from 12 volt to 120 via the inverter. Then if the TV actually runs internally on 12 volt, you've got more losses in taking the 120 VAC back to 12 VDC ... so you're just using more energy (and if on battery power, more amp hours) than if you went direct. If you're on shore power or a generator, you probably won't notice the difference.

I'm currently looking myself, and I note that Toshiba used to have two smaller models that ran on 12 VDC and have DVD players built in, but a call to them this morning reveals that they no longer make such a machine ... seems to me that such a model (and maybe now it's the Jensen or Polaroid?) that has a 12v power adapter and a built-in DVD player helps solve the Quartzsite issue ... I don't watch much if any TV, but like movies ...

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A lot of 120 TVs are stepped down to a lower voltage by the transformer that plugs into the wall outlet. The transformer will tell you what voltage the TV acutually runs on. If it's 12v you are in luck.

I bought 2 small 120/12v TV/DVD units. Akai and Audiovox. Both DVD drives failed. For the Audiovox I bought an extended warranty. I returned it for repair and they lost it. They did not have another Audiovox so they gave me a 120 only Sharp as a loaner which cost 2x as much as the Audiovox. They never contacted me again about the Audiovox. So far no problems with the Sharp. I use a 400w generic modified sine wave converter when not running 120.
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Perfect, that's answering my question before I asked.
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Last week went to Best BUY and Bought a 22" Insignia LED flat screen thats a 12v 3 amp.

Just buy the adaptor at radio shack.


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I am considering to replace my current Toshiba 120V
dvd combo with 12 V combo. There are three brand NAXA, Supersonic and Skyworth 22" 12V combo available. Does any body has any recommendations?
Will appreciate the input
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:09 AM   #13
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I've noticed that some of the newer LED Vizio TV's have a cord that plugs in the back that is a little different than the old style plugs. They make them smaller by putting the AC converter in the cord, like the small box you see inline in your laptop cord. I believe the voltage coming in is 12v, which just means you need an adapter. I haven't had the time to stop by a store and verify this yet. However, you may have to have your DVD seperate. I will say that a seperate DVD option will be much cheaper. You can also get a ROKU which means you can stream Netflix movies. That's a great option if the campground has WIFI. Or, if you can get your cell phone to act as a wireless hotspot.
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I just bought a Supersonic 22" 12v TV. It is nice, good picture but cheezzy speakers. I run it through the stereo system. The wall mounting with a 3" square pattern is very wobbly. I got a versa plate and added my own mounting holes to the back to make it more secure. I believe they are discontinuing this size/model, I got it at On another note, you can buy any TV that has a box transformer on the power cord. Some of these TV's are 12v, 15v, or 18v. But you can get a 12v converter that plugs into the 12v wall jack and it has selectable setting to match the TV voltage. I have a 15" Motorola for the bedroom that is 18v and with the converter it works fine. Most 12v TVs now come with the DVD player built in.

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