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Posted: 02/25/19 07:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking at the possibility of dry camping, the only critical thing that won't run off 12V are A/C and electronics.

Am I better of to wire the TV directly into the 12V or wire a small sine wave inverter into the 12V and plug the TV into that?

Any fav brands, market is flooded with them with HUGE price differential.

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Posted: 02/25/19 07:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is the TV a 12 volt model? If it is you don’t need an inverter.


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Lots of ways to do it. Get a good quality 300w pure sine wave inverter that's quiet and doesn't have a loud fan. I've got a Samlex model, about $120, works great. Others will recommend some good ones too


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I run my TV off this.
Super quiet.

Power inverter


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Posted: 02/25/19 07:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the TV is 12v compatible it is more efficient to wire the TV direct to a 12 volt source.

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Posted: 02/25/19 07:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You don't need a PSW inverter to watch Tv.

You might be running a DVD player with the TV so that means a power bar into the inverter and plug the TV and DVD (and maybe also powered speakers) into the power bar.

So using 12v direct TV sounds like a good idea, in real life it isn't.


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Posted: 02/25/19 08:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

12v direct is preferred if your TV can be powered that way. If you want a small inverter the best one out there is the Morningstar Sure Sine 300. Samlex also makes a good product.

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I use a AIMS 600WATT PURE SINE WAVE Power Inverter from AMAZON as my always on duty Power Inverter when camping off grid... I originally had a 300W version but I guess my needs sometimes really put a big load for the 300WATT unit...

I got my AIMS from AMAZON several years ago for $159... I think I saw them even cheaper these days AMAZON...

Having a PSW makes sense to me as I never have to worry about what I am plugging into the Power Inverter... No items will go up in the majic blue smoke hehe...

My 600WATT unit is mounted as close to my battery bank as i can get it and still ne inside my OFF-ROAD POPUP camper... I run two drop cords with multiple heads from the Power Inverter with one going to the Home Entertainment area and the second one going back to the cabinets next to the bed we sleep in... This is where we do all of charging of cellphones, tablets, and cameras etc...

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I leave my Home entertainment items plugged into the 600WATT Power Inverter even when we are at Electric sites... Never misses a glitch when the power goes off at the camp grounds...

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Posted: 02/25/19 08:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

USB or 12v adapter might be more power efficient when that connects easy.

I still find lots of convenience in having a small sine inverter to power stuff without figuring anything out. Plug and play.

I recommend GoPower 300w or Victron 350w inverters. I have the GoPower.

I connected mine behind the power panel with a transfer switch. Get 12v power from the main battery feed and use the transfer switch to send power to the string of outlets of your choice.


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300 watt...

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