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Old 04-03-2012, 01:36 PM   #1
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I am new to the boondocking in RV mode. I have everything figured out except the TV and Satellite reciever. Both are powered on the 110 side of the unit. How do I get them to work without the generator or shore power?
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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The only way to do that would be with an inverter. You can Google inverter to get information on them. The inverter takes power from your batteries and provides 110. However, you then would need to do something to recharge your batteries frequently and/or would need a pretty hefty battery bank.
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Do the 12volt TV units that are on sale take much charge to run? What do most people do is probably the question I should ask.
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"Do the 12 volt units take much charge to run?"

Depends on the unit, Some do, some don't generally they take about 10-20 percent LESS power when operated on 12VDC than when operated on 120vac using an inverter and a power brick, The reason is the inverter, at best is 90 percent efficient, and the power brick between 50 and 90 percent. Depending on how it regulates.
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Do the 12volt TV units that are on sale take much charge to run? What do most people do is probably the question I should ask.
When I replaced my old CRTs, I bought LED TVs. They are actually 12v, but come with a coverter. So I just wired them to 12v, they use about 1.5A. I go at least 48 hrs before needing a charge w 2 6v batts.... No need for an inverter.
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I am new to the boondocking in RV mode. I have everything figured out except the TV and Satellite reciever. Both are powered on the 110 side of the unit. How do I get them to work without the generator or shore power?
I covered the TV. Make sure the Sat receiver is not 12v run on a wall plug converter (probably not). Check the wattage it uses, then get a small inverter with a bit more wattage. Of course if you stick to a 110 tv, you'll need its draw added to the recievers to get a large enough inverter.
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