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Old 10-24-2020, 11:22 AM   #1
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TV Does not work on Battery Power

We purchased a new 2021 Vibe 26RK and are very disappointed that the TV does not work off of battery power. Is there a way we could make the TV work on battery power?
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Old 10-24-2020, 11:24 AM   #2
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buy a 12v tv or install an inverter
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Small inverter. A lot of the newer units come with 12 volt TVs.
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Be aware that an inverter will use up your battery power very fast. If you don't already have it consider an additional battery.
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We use a primax solar generator to run c-pap and a fan when dry camping. It works great and you donít have to mess with gas and the noise of a regular generator. They have different sizes, ours has two 110 outlets and 2 usb outlets on it.
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Camping buddy uses inverter for tv, 200to 300 watt, cost around $30, they do have 2 batteries, they watch tv till 1 am and no problem, a portable generator is a must, I chose a 12v tv, much more efficient in battery use, I also use the 300 watt inverter to air up sleep mattress, since most campsites are no generator after 8 pm
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Are you sure your current TV is not 12vdc? Some tvs that plug into a 120vac outlet have an adapter box on the power cable that converts the power to 12vdc. Read the output printed on the box. In this case all needed is a power cable with one end that will plug into the TV and the other end that connects to 12vdc (cigarette lighter plug).
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The TV plugs directly into the 110 outlet there is no box. Looks like I will get a 12 volt TV and then I will need to figure out how to wire a 12 volt wire to the TV.
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We use a primax solar generator to run c-pap and a fan when dry camping. It works great and you donít have to mess with gas and the noise of a regular generator. They have different sizes, ours has two 110 outlets and 2 usb outlets on it.
If it's solar how do you run it when your sleeping?
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If it's solar how do you run it when your sleeping?
It has an internal battery.
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The TV plugs directly into the 110 outlet there is no box. Looks like I will get a 12 volt TV and then I will need to figure out how to wire a 12 volt wire to the TV.
We use a 400w inverter that plugs into the 12v socket in our wall plate. We then plug our 32" 110v tv into it and watch tv. It's quite simple and easy and it also has two USB ports for charging. 12v tvs are more expensive and have less features.
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Be aware that an inverter will use up your battery power very fast. If you don't already have it consider an additional battery.
How would using a 110v tv into an inverter, use more battery power than a 12v tv? They both will be depleting battery power?
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How would using a 110v tv into an inverter, use more battery power than a 12v tv?
I didn't say that. I was just cautioning the OP that an inverter would be another draw on the battery.
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We purchased a new 2021 Vibe 26RK and are very disappointed that the TV does not work off of battery power. Is there a way we could make the TV work on battery power?
I'm trying to understand why you thought it came with a 12v tv. Most RVs come with a 110v AC tv, not a 12v tv.
If it came with a 12v tv, the brochure or website would state that in the Standard Features or Options. If it's not listed as 12v, then it's a 110v AC tv.
It clearly states in the Vibe Infinity package, that it comes with a 50" Flat Screen tv. I don't think that anyone makes a 50" 12v tv. I couldn't find any such animal.

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We use a 400w inverter that plugs into the 12v socket in our wall plate. We then plug our 32" 110v tv into it and watch tv. It's quite simple and easy and it also has two USB ports for charging. 12v tvs are more expensive and have less features.
Everything he said but my cheap inverter is 150 watts.
Still works for my TV.
Check your TV manual or look up online or look for a sticker on the back of the TV for watts on your TV.
As far a using up your battery(s) it totally depends on your TV and hours of use. Be sure you unplug the inverter when the TV is not in use as it will draw some power all the time.
We used to watch TV for an hour a day or so to catch news and weather. If we were careful we could get 5 days out of 2 12v marine/deep cycle run of the mill batteries. Now we have 2 6v golf car batteries and hardly camp without power. Our favorite fall camping spot now has electricity.
These inverters can be had on Amazon for $20. Check wattage. Some are quite a bit more than others.
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Follow up. If your TV is 50 inch it can use 100-150 watts. This might mean you'd need a larger inverter than the one I just pictured.
Good luck!
Check your TV manual or sticker on the back to find out what you actually need to power it.
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The TV plugs directly into the 110 outlet there is no box. Looks like I will get a 12 volt TV and then I will need to figure out how to wire a 12 volt wire to the TV.
Typically, there's a 12V plug near 110V TVs. It's much cheaper to buy a little inverter and plug the TV into it.
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Small inverter. A lot of the newer units come with 12 volt TVs.
I have a Vibe and it has an inverter but the only thing the inverter runs is the refrigerator.

I use a 30 amp hour battery and small inverter to run the tv.
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I have no cigarette type 12v plug but I figured out how to get 12 volts to the TV and install an inverter. I have a question for you guys. Initially I was going to run an inverter when running off of battery and unplug the TV from the inverter and plug back into the 110 outlet when hooked up to power. The problem with that is the outlet is behind the TV and difficult to get to and the inverter would need to be exposed. Why not just leave it hooked up to the inverter all the time then no plugging and unplugging and I can hide the inverter in a cabinet and all the wiring would be hidden. What would be wrong with that setup?
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Installing an inverter to run 110 volt TV off of 12v battery

Initially I was going to run an inverter when running off of battery and unplug the TV from the inverter and plug back into the 110 outlet when hooked up to power. The problem with that is the outlet is behind the TV and difficult to get to and the inverter would need to be exposed. Why not just leave it hooked up to the inverter all the time then no plugging and unplugging and I can hide the inverter in a cabinet and all the wiring would be hidden. What would be wrong with that setup? Suggestions? Thanks.
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