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Old 04-07-2015, 08:30 PM   #1
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AC/DC TV

Wondering if anyone uses a 12v DC TV vs. the supplied plug in AC TV.

We mostly camp with out electric hook up and use our honda generator to recharge batteries.

Not sure if I should power the TV via an inverter and additional battery or seek out an efficient 12v model.

Thank you for your opinions.


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Old 04-07-2015, 10:01 PM   #2
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Use 12vdc for tv if you're able when camping without power. Why transform 12v to 120vac back to 12vdc.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:37 AM   #3
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The tv in my rig is AC only. Currently I need to run my generator to use it.

I'm trying to research the option of buying a 12v DC TV or buying an inverter


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Old 04-08-2015, 08:16 AM   #4
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http://www.12volt-travel.com/12-volt...ons-c-684.html

http://www.my12voltstore.com/mobile/Category.aspx?id=79

http://www.amazon.com/NAXA-NTD-2252-.../dp/B004YOGR1E

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Old 04-08-2015, 08:26 AM   #5
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Look up the wattage of your current TV.
We have used a little $25 cigarette socket plug inverter on the last 3 LCD TVs we've
had in our trailers.
Just bought a new rig with a 29" Jensen TV and the little old inverter works fine!!
It helps if your antenna outlet has the 12v socket built in as my current one does
but I added a socket in my previous rig. I just tied it into the power wire feeding
my Concertone DVD player in the last one.... never blew a fuse and watched many
a movie while camping off the grid.

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how big is that $25 inverter ?, how do these things work...if one bought a 500watt inverter and only pulled 100 watts out of it, does the inverter chew more power out the batteries than if you bought a 100watt inverter to supply a 100watt need?
my yellow sticker on 24" tv says 5....but sounds like my tv would draw less than your 29"..... sure sounds like the way to go for off grid...I just added a second battery to give me lots of staying power.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:33 AM   #7
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Thank you for the links & replies. I'm going to look at current power consumption and consider a small inverter. I will post my results.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:39 PM   #8
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You can get a 140 watt continuous for $20 @ wallyworld. It will power most RV size TVs. My tv is in the 40 watt range.
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The jensen tv that came in my coachman was a 19" 12v lcd. Heavy as hell for its size. I had a 24" led that used to be in my girlfriends apartment that was the exact same outside dimensions with a clearer picture so i put that in. Its a fraction of the weight also.

Gave the jensen to my friend since he had a old crt tv in his camper and cant get air broadcasts without a digital converter. When boondocking it was nice to not have to do anything to turn the tv on, now i use my go power inverter or generator when shore power isnt there.

I would have to do this now anyways to power the satellite receiver so it doesnt bug me so much anymore.
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I ended up using a $20 Belkin 200watt inverter from amazon. It powers the TV fine and will test out the run time on our first trip next week.

Thanks for the advice
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