12v Telly??

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  1. Oakley's Taxi

    Oakley's Taxi Read Only Funster

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    Hi Funsters,

    Looking for some advice with referance to getting a TV for my recentely purchased motorhome. Now I don't intend to watch it all that much but wanted it on hand for those cold wet evenings.

    I've been looking at the 12v/240v TVs but they all seem to be upwards of 200 quid!

    I've also seen cheep TVs in local supermarkets and wondered if it would be just as cheep to get one of those and a power convertor to plug it into when not on a hook up.
    Will this work??? And if so how succesful will it be?? I'm guessing that these power convertor thingys may take a lot out of my lesuire battery but not to sure.

    Hope someone can help!!

    Thanks,
     
  2. lebesset

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    plenty of 12v TV's about , just look for one one that says in the list of connection ...12v input , or in the list of things supplied ...mains converter

    only thing is , battery gives more than 12v ... will that damage it ? not clear to me
    of course you can fit a voltage stabiliser ....extra 40 or so

    have a look at argos to start
     
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    We bought a 240/12v tele from Tesco - 15" screen and cost about £125 bought a 12v connector of ebay for about £3 and it all works perfectly - cant understand the price of TV's at £200+ :RollEyes:

    Good luck
     
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    i think the main differences between a £100 asda tv and a £250+ 'made for motorhome' tv is, the latter is more robust for travelling and will have the 12v stabiliser circuitry already built in.

    certainly doesnt warrent the extra £150+ in my book. :RollEyes:

    my 15" LCD was £110 from asda and had it 3 years now but i do use a 12v stabiliser.

    my onboard charger is capable of outputting 14.8v which can and probably will damage it without the stab...
     
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    Grundig GU19WDVD3 19in HD

    If you can get hold of one of these you won't be disappointed.


    They are mains- 12v, budget in an Amperor stab and you're all the bash.

    DVD Card Reader and Memory stick reader.:thumb:
     
  6. lebesset

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    tks derek , I'm in the market as well
    had a look at the spec on argos , unfortunately it is not the latest spec with led backlighting . not important if you are on mains but the 25-30% reduction in 12v consumption is important to me !
    looking at both side by side the picture quality is better with the led , important as these cheap sets are not HD
     
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    IMO you get what you pay for. Cheap = Poor Quality, Expensive = Good Quality. So - you pays your money and you take your chances.

    Jim
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  8. Oakley's Taxi

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    Thanks Derek. Just to clarify then, does it actually come with a 12v adapter or would I need to purchase one of those seperately??

    Looks like a good buy though, thanks :thumb:
     
  9. Oakley's Taxi

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    Just been doing some more surfing and found this http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.206-5290.aspx on tesco web site.
    A Technika 15.4" HD Ready LCD TV with built-in Freeview & DVD Player anyone bought one and know if its any good??

    Its only £120 but I'm not sure if it does 12v?? How do I check???

    :Confused:
     
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    doesn't have 12v input according to the spec
     
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    What about the Teinuro advertised in MMM I think £154 ao there abouts. :Smile:
     
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    We have just bought one of these from the local store and it definitely is 12v. The transformer is on the detatchable power lead. The sales person said a few people had been in that week to buy one for their caravans.

    I have only tried it so far on the mains to test it but we have previously had a cheap television from Asda that ran no problem direct from 12v..
     
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    The fact that you "don't intend to watch it all that much" makes me wonder if you want a television to view the occasional movie on and then stick it away in a cupboard, or one which 'takes over' the motorhome?

    I bought one of these little sets for occasional viewing;

    http://www.roadstar.com/newsite/ind...il&id_prd=149&right=productdownload&id_fam=88

    Takes up virtually zero space. Packs flat. Works on 240/12v with no need for stabiliser etc. Comes complete with everything including remote. Cost about £60 new but look around and you will get one cheaper now.
     
  14. Oakley's Taxi

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    Have you tried it on 12v yet mavisangelica?? I had a closer look in store today and a nice helpful assistant opened up the instruction manual and there was nothing in there to sugest it would work on 12v.

    I guess you could get one of those 12 - 220v convertors though. Does anyone know were you can get a good deal on one of those and what size a 15" tv would require????

    Thanks :thumb:
     
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    did you look at the back for an entry marked 12v ?
    inverts have a big power loss , hope you have plenty of batteries
     
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    I haven't seen a 12v telly in ASDA or Tesco for a year or two now, mains staight in.

    Turn the display tellys around and have a look for yourelf, I doo.

    Re the Grundig, it is 12v but I have an Amperor stabilising unit so I can use it in a truck-24v or the van,12.8+v.

    You could,of course, chance your mitplug it straight in to your 12v system but if you started the engine or hooked up your van with the telly on then you may well fry it.

    You pays yer money and ye takes yer chances.:Eek!:
     
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    Thanks Steelysteph,

    Looks like a great little unit. Can't find many outlets that actually sell it online though. Where did you get yours????

    :thumb:
     
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    I have a portable DVD player with its own screen, and bought a £20 digital TV box to connect to it, so just using the DVD player screen as a monitor. It works perfectly when connected to a decent TV aerial. Prolem is always there are few places where you can get a good enough signal when parked up in a van. Aldi have a 12volt or 240 volt portable satellite TV system for about £50 if you are prepared to mess about tuning in a dish on the roof every time you park up. Personally I find it easier just to watch DVDs I have recorded from the TV at home.
     
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