Invertor type/size

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  1. anjer

    anjer Read Only Funster

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    My 15 inch 12volt tv combi is playing up; the DCVD won't eject. Will be getting a new drive belt tomorrow - hopefully. However, if that doesn't fix it since the TV unit is OK I could use a 230volt Matsui DVD player that I have. But no invertor in the van (like wild camping and Aires in France - no hookup). So what is the best invertor to consider also bearing in mind that I will be getting an electric bike in the future and will need to run the bike's battery charger.
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    if it was just to run the DVD then i'd say save yer money and buy a new 12v/230v TV instead.
    around £120 for a 15" TV/DVD combo from asda/tesco etc

    a 150w invertor will run your DVD but buy the biggest you can afford.

    i got a 500w invertor from halfords a couple of years ago for £49.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi

    I agree with papa ..

    all I would add, if you use an inverter to charge an electric bike it will severely deplete the leisure battery.. unless you have a big bank ..

    jim
     
  4. anjer

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    "if it was just to run the DVD then i'd say save yer money and buy a new 12v/230v TV instead.
    around £120 for a 15" TV/DVD combo from asda/tesco etc"
    Gents, which particular models do you mean the ones I can see seem to be mains only?
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    I run a 230v 15" tv/dvd combo from a 300w inverter but the dvd section plays up when the battery voltage drops much below fully charged. I think this is because of it being an ordinary (modified sine wave) inverter. Probably wouldn't get this problem with a True Sine Wave Inverter so might be worth getting a True Sine Wave Inverter. Also these cheaper tvs tend to come with a 12v power supply, if you want to run the tv directly off the 12v batteries you'll probably find you'll need a 12v to 13.8v dc/dc regulator to get the correct voltage for the tv.
     
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