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Old 1st July 2009, 02:50   #46
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Question CAR INVERTER, Are you using it, If Yes Details Please

Since last few days I am thinking of getting a Car Inverter like this one.

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Has any one used it ?
Can someone be kind enough to post the Price for it and the supported wattage.


My primary requirement is to charge my laptop.

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Hi Bro,

Just a suggestion , instead of having a charger just for the laptop , you could go in for the one which has power plug like our household sockets , this can be used to charge anything like your mobile / laptop or any other small / light power withdrawing units . let me know if you want a picture of the same as I am using the same in my car.

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They do work - i've tested them - you get them between 500-1500 depending on how high end the point of purchase is.

However, I'm just a bit concerned about the quality of AC it'll generate - any long term users?
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Nice thread,

I am planning to use a similar setup for my 1971 VW Baywindow Bus.

I have purchased a 500 kva APC inverter and am going to use big batteries that'll hold more power.

This set-up needs to run a mini fridge,a electric coffee kettle, and some other small gadgets.

Anyone with more and precise detail, pls write
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Panvan, it must be 500VA; 500kVA (500,000VA) big is enough to power a small village. You should go in for a 1500VA inverter if you are planning to use all of the equipments simultaneously; assuming that your kettle is 800-1000W and mini fridge is around 200W. Otherwise, 500-1000VA would be enough, depending on the wattage of the equipments and the nature of the use. Also the battery needs to be properly sized, based on the power requirement and duration of usage.
(W=VA*0.8 approximately)

ghpk, the laptop might be around 20-30W, you may require a 40VA inverter. Calculate the VA 20% more than your requirement; an inverter rated for 40VA might not safely give you 40VA continuously in the longer run.
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Old 1st July 2009, 10:02   #51
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My friend is a long term user of one of these gadgets. We picked it up at a Crossword store here in Bangalore sometime in early 2006. He used to use it primarily for his old Thinkpad which didn't have an old battery and lasted for 10 mins or so on its back up.

He used to initially use it in his Santro and then has been continuing to use it in his i10 as well. He has not reported any problems with the power from the device.

Well, he still uses the Thinkpad, so it could also mean IBM's rugged construction hasn't let anything happen
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If your inverter is upto 100W its okay. The car lighter socket is rated for 10A, If you use a more powerful inverter, the fuse can blow.

If you are connecting directly to the battery, then you can go higher, esp if its a bus. The alternator in that case will be pumping out 150A approx, and tapping 45A for your 500W setup should be okay.
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Old 5th April 2010, 08:53   #53
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Default car inverter query

Maximum load a car lighter socket can take is 120W (12V, 10A) -- does this mean that I should not connect an inverter rated higher than 120W, or is it ok to connect a higher capacity (say 200W) inverter as long as the devices I connect to the inverter do not exceed that 120W limit?

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Maximum load a car lighter socket can take is 120W (12V, 10A) -- does this mean that I should not connect an inverter rated higher than 120W, or is it ok to connect a higher capacity (say 200W) inverter as long as the devices I connect to the inverter do not exceed that 120W limit?

Thanks in advance.

You can connect a inverter of a higher rating as long as the load is limited to 120 W.
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I am using a CAR Laptop charger, this doesn't gives 220 volts, so less power drain from battery.

but charges my laptop perfectly, Been using it for months now, Its All good till now.
Cost me around 500 from ebay.in
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Found this Belkin Inverter at my neighborhood electricals shop today. Output 220V 200W. Carries a warranty of 3 years. Price asked is Rs.1650.

It does mention that the fuse rating required is 20A.

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Found this Belkin Inverter at my neighborhood electricals shop today. Output 220V 200W. Carries a warranty of 3 years. Price asked is Rs.1650.

It does mention that the fuse rating required is 20A.

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You will get it a little cheaper at Nehru Place. Picked it up from there at Rs. 1425/-. But I guess its much more hassle free to be able to pick it up from a neighbourhood store rather than running to Nehru Place. Do they have other car electrical items as well? If yes, mind telling where is this shop? I am pretty near to VK.
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Originally Posted by SS-Traveller View Post
Found this Belkin Inverter at my neighborhood electricals shop today. Output 220V 200W. Carries a warranty of 3 years. Price asked is Rs.1650.

It does mention that the fuse rating required is 20A.

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Some more photos of the same adapter, but out of the box. The specifications as mentioned on the electrical unit are

BELKIN
AC Anywhere with USB charging
model# F5L071ak200W

input : 11-15VDC
output: 220V AC/50hz
constant output : 200W
peak output : 400W

fuse rating : 20A
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Old 23rd November 2010, 00:34   #59
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Recently bought a Android phone (galaxy3) from futurebazaar, they offered a similar belkin inverter for free, however this one is 85W with peak of 170W.

They shipped the belkin charger real promptly however the phone is still out of stock since last 12 days.

I think this inverter/charger can charge laptop of 65W or a Handycam atleast.

Any existing user of 85W belkin inverter ?
how's the performance of this unit ?

I'll fix this permanently in car somewhere with a separate switch and wiring at a later date so it can be used instantly if needed.

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Bought these at NP long ago for 1800/-. So far its been almost two years and has not given any problems yet.
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