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Old 12-05-2015, 06:48 PM   #1
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I want to connect my outside TV to a circuit so it will operate without running the generator or plugging in to shore power. The interior TV work on battery ( inverter ) power, and I would like the exterior one to do likewise. The inverter is situated closeby, but there is not an outlet on it. So I need to find the circuit or junction for the inside TVs. But I have no idea where to look. Any suggestions on how to proceed would be appreciated. BTW .. this TV is 19.5 volts, so it won't be as simple as finding a 12v DC source.
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Old 12-05-2015, 06:55 PM   #2
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In the inverter is nearby there is 12vdc nearby. A small inverter dedicated to the TV could likely be readily added.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:43 PM   #3
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If the inverter is near by adding another outlet from there should not be a problem.If you are not comfortable playing with electric it would be better to find someone who knows what to do.It would be easier at the inverter than snaking from the interior receptical.
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Old 12-06-2015, 08:27 PM   #4
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My basement compartment has a 12V outlet in it. I have a small inverter, 400W, that could be used to power a TV from that outlet. If you don't have an outlet you may install one and use a small inverter easier then doing anything else.

Since running the inverter does drain the batteries pretty quickly I use the above inverter to run the front TV. The new TV's use a very small amount of power, so you may get by with a smaller inverter.
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what do you mean it's 19.5 volts,does it plug into 12V or 110V
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19.5volts? New to me, and my wife says I'm a know it all.
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Old 12-07-2015, 06:09 AM   #7
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19.5 volts DC is the voltage Laptop computers and looks like some TV's use.

You can get power bricks that convert 120 AC to 19.5 DC and less common, 12 volt DC to 19.5 DC.

I used a 12 v brick for a while until it started blowing fuses, probably due to it being a cheap EBay one.

I went back to 120 volts thru the inverter.
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It seems the easiest way would be to put a junction box in the present 120 volt line from the inverter and run from that and add an outlet to bay where you want to power the TV.
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Thanks for all the tips and info. After reading these and looking a bit closer, I decided to add a line to the existing inverter. Once I got into it, pretty simple process. I never thought about installing another and smaller inverter, but I didn't have to.
Thanks again for the assistance.
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I very seldom turn my 2000 watt on board inverter on.
To conserve house battery power when I have no shore or generator power, I use a 400 watt inverter to run my 24" LED TV, (and often both the TV and the Direct TV receiver).
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