Inverters

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  1. teddybard

    teddybard Read Only Funster

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    Hi Guys seen this in Lidl

    can someone explain the principle of inverters
    and what are their practical benefits
    or is it just another piece of stuff to cart around?

    £17.00 doesnt seem expensive but how practical are they.?


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  2. tonka

    tonka Funster Life Member

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    Plug one end into your 12dvc socket in the van..
    Out the other end come 240v AC mains power !!! simple

    Power is rated in watts as shown on the inverter 150w as a standard but "may" do up to 300w for a very short time but best keep within its limits. Look on your electrical items to see their power rating... Anything that creates heat will be high consumption ie hairdryers..

    Handy for operating mains products in the van when off hook up..
    EG...... Running a cheap TV that is mains only... or Satellite receivers, laptops etc etc
     
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    THe problem with these low wattage inverters is that there are not all that many things they will run. Any higher wattage (which are still cheap) will need to be wired in as most 12v sockets in cars are only rated at 10A (15A if you're lucky)
    I use one to charge my video camera as it has a funny connector and I haven't been able to get a 12v charger.
     
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    I have one of these from the last time they were on offer, used it a few times now for the laptop and I think worth the money for what it cost.
     
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    an inverter takes 12volts DC from a battery, converts it to 230vDC via an inbuilt transformer, then rectifies it to 230vAC.

    well you did ask...:Rofl1:

    cheap modified sinewave inveters like the one here are fine for lighting and low wattage heating but arent really suitable for voltage sensitive electronic appliances like laptops etc as the voltage isnt as stable stable or clean as the mains or a quality pure sinewave inveter
     
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