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Who makes a good powerpack (12V inverter) ?
myself | 6-19-14 | TZ

Posted on 06/19/2014 3:00:36 PM PDT by TurboZamboni

Looking for one to power small items and that I can recharge via AC wall outlet and/or 20W solar panel.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: 12v; inverter; offgrid; vanity

1 posted on 06/19/2014 3:00:36 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

If its not mobil, a good car battrery will do well


2 posted on 06/19/2014 3:05:21 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge

Almost any car battery charger will put out 12vdc.


3 posted on 06/19/2014 3:06:29 PM PDT by fulltlt
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To: TurboZamboni

Make sure the Inverter is pure sinewave, not the modified sinewave.
Merlin Marine.


4 posted on 06/19/2014 3:07:06 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. ........dot removal in progress.......)
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To: fulltlt

You can get one at Walmart, Radio Shack, etc. Just look at the wattage output to be sure it covers everything you need.


5 posted on 06/19/2014 3:07:40 PM PDT by rstrahan
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To: TurboZamboni

Anker.

http://www.amazon.com/Dual-Port-Portable-Foldable-Outdoor-Technology/dp/B00E3OL5U8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403215754&sr=8-1&keywords=anker+charger+solar

http://www.amazon.com/Upgraded-12000mAh-Portable-External-Technology/dp/B00CEZBKTO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1403215797&sr=8-4&keywords=anker


6 posted on 06/19/2014 3:09:43 PM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: RightFighter

Whoops. Guess I linked the wrong items.


7 posted on 06/19/2014 3:10:29 PM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: TurboZamboni

The solar cells need to be connected to a battery via a charge regulator.
The inverter can be powered from the regulators output port.
The cells on their own will not power the inverter.
A car charger can still be used directly to the battery for a maintenance charge.


8 posted on 06/19/2014 3:13:03 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. ........dot removal in progress.......)
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To: TurboZamboni
Prices vary widely by wattage.
Here a 750 watt one.
http://www.harborfreight.com/750-watt-continuous-1500-watt-peak-power-inverter-66817.html


9 posted on 06/19/2014 3:13:19 PM PDT by preacher (I am not a global warming hoax denier.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Really need to know the load you intend to draw. 10W, 50W, 200W, etc.

What works well for some CPF lighting will not work to run a couple desktops and monitors.

Just total up the loads each item draws, if it has a motor, double the load for that item to cover startup draw.


10 posted on 06/19/2014 3:16:30 PM PDT by wrench
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To: TurboZamboni
http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=inverter
11 posted on 06/19/2014 3:30:57 PM PDT by fulltlt
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To: preacher

You beat me to it.


12 posted on 06/19/2014 3:31:32 PM PDT by fulltlt
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To: moose07

Pure sinewave inverters on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=pure+sinewave+inverter&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=14790369564&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13796615785727944003&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_4u88j5svuq_e


13 posted on 06/19/2014 3:34:18 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: TurboZamboni

M4L


14 posted on 06/19/2014 3:38:23 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Now those are fantastic prices.
Merlin are local to me... :)


15 posted on 06/19/2014 3:39:35 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. ........dot removal in progress.......)
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To: TurboZamboni
Don't know if they sell them still. I have an 'emergency' auto battery booster that has power plugs for 12v. You can buy a separate solar charger and just plug it in to the house. It also has the added benefit of an air compressor. It has bailed my butt out of a few jams.

16 posted on 06/19/2014 3:42:02 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Organic Panic

I have a couple of those.

Looking more at something made for running electronics.

Those are good for jump starting cars, though.


17 posted on 06/19/2014 3:53:48 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: preacher
I would go with a larger one. It's $99+ The peak wattage should easily start a small vacuum and run other power tools. http://www.harborfreight.com/1200-watt-continuous2400-watt-peak-power-inverter-69659-8890.html
18 posted on 06/19/2014 4:08:49 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: WellyP

And make sure you have a really good bank of HEAVY DUTY DEEP CYCLE lead acid batteries that you never discharge below 50%. http://www.batterystuff.com/batteries/golf-cart-products/6-volt-deep-cycle/t-105-6-volt-trojan-golf-cart-batteries.html I used a bank of 4 Trojans for any years in Marine duty with great results.


19 posted on 06/19/2014 4:14:27 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: TurboZamboni
For small electronics like a smartphone or tablet, they are likely to draw about about 200mA each at 5 volts via a USB converter.

I made a home-made 12V battery pack by connecting some 12V 18AmpHour batteries together in parallel. 3 batteries will give you 54 Amphours of current. I already had 2 12 amphour batteries that I connected in parallel, so I have a 78 Ah battery pack.

For output, I bought a Radio Shack 12v adapter (cigarette lighter outlet) that alligator clips onto the battery. In the outlet I added a dual USB adapter to convert down to the 5 volts that small electronics want these days. Assume you will use included USB to micro-USB cords.

12V 18Ah Battery from Amazon

Radio Shack 12V/10A Vehicle Adapter Socket with Battery Clips

Radio Shack 5V/3.1A Dual-USB Car Power Adapter

Of course, you could also add an inverter to use for 110V equipment, but that will drain this scale of battery overnight.

-PJ

20 posted on 06/19/2014 4:25:24 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: TurboZamboni

I have run my laptop computer off this along with other USB powered devices while making camping road trips. It works great. Not exactly easy to carry around though. Good luck.


21 posted on 06/19/2014 4:46:29 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: TurboZamboni

Cantrell Xpower 1500. It works great, has a very good battery pack, and a roll around cart.


22 posted on 06/19/2014 4:58:39 PM PDT by Laserman
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To: Laserman

Xantrex. (Stupid auto correct) not Cantrell!


23 posted on 06/19/2014 5:00:06 PM PDT by Laserman
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