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Lwiddis

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Posted: 08/04/20 09:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“Inverters drain power just being on, and TV will draw more power if going through an inverter than if just a 12v tv. It may not matter most of the time, but when your batteries are getting low then it matters a lot.“

Who leaves a small inverter on when not in use? More power used? Not that much with 90%+ efficiency. BTW the TV (by itself) draws the same amount of power on an inverter or plugged in.


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The neat thing about household smart TVs is they have built-in wifi. I don't know if any 'truck stop' TVs have that.

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New LED TVs are so thin they can generally be mounted outside the existing cabinet. I replace my old 2007 26" TV with a Samsung 32" LED TV.


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Hi,

For the lowest demand, 12 volt. But using a small inverter works, too.


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Posted: 08/04/20 01:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No question, get the 120v tv + small sine wave inverter.


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valhalla360 wrote:

If it's just a couple hours occasionally...it's going to be a lot easier to go down to your local big box store and buy a 120v TV, since you already have an inverter.
He said he doesn't have an inverter.

It's pretty amazing the number of complete opposite answers. And confusing too.


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Lwiddis wrote:

More choices and lower prices for a 120 Volt TV. Couple the TV with a small PSW inverter, you are set. My combo uses less than 5 AHs...28 inch TV, booster and inverter.


x2! That's what we do. 32" Vizio with small inverter. WAY cheaper than a 12v tv of that size.


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I suggest the 12 volt TV. If you want to watch TV, you just grab the remote and turn on the TV. Don't have to get up and turn on the inverter. And then forget to turn the inverter off when done. If you use an inverter, it's just another do-dad to go bad. I function on the "KISS" principle. "Keep It Simple Stupid".

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time2roll wrote:

No question, get the 120v tv + small sine wave inverter.
lol. The technology, price and selection of standard household TVs is so much greater than truck stop ones.

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First that 12 volt outlet likely is not very robust ( cab not handle big loads)
2nd Likely NOT a problem with modern power sippers.

Second. there was. a while back a lot of yammer about 12 volt TV's being damaged by the 13.6 volts of the standard RV system... How true it is .. I DO NOT KNOW

Next.... Samsung makes a 14 volt job... (Solved the yammer)

FInally..
Many today use power bricks to convert 120vac to ___ (12 or 14 or even 19)
These are .. at best 90% effie=nt

Likewise the inverter that makes 120 out of 12. at best 90% efficiebt
So if you boondock a lot the 12 volt model makes a lot of sense


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