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12-11-2006 02:14 PM
mandovai Giulietta, I have 3 inverters on my boat. One is 150w/220v 10 years old, one is 500w/220v six years old and one is 175w/120v bought in the USA six years ago. All of them are working fine and I am using them evry day, as I live on my boat and never go to Marinas. The 220v inverters I connected straight to the shore power system of my boat, so that I have 220v plugs in every cabin of the boat, the saloon lights and the galley. For the lights of the saloon I changed the 40w 220v bulbs with the ecotone Philips of 7w that give in theory the equivalent of 40w each. When I need to use my power tools or the vacuum cleaner on a low setting, I use the 500w/220v. Never burned any tools or computer with my square waves inverters, but I can not guarantee for the negative experiences of other cruisers. The 175w/120v I use it mainly for the computer and for charging aa batteries, as I bought at the same time when I was cruising the east coast. Occasionally I run the engine when I use the vacuum cleaner, or when I am cutting the wood with the jigsaw for my fireplace, but if I had had to u all the 12 volt adapter for cellphone, laptop and whateverelse, I would have spent a lot more and kept on the boat all that mess of cables. I understand that for some cruisers a few hundred dollars do not make a difference, but for me it does as we sail on a shoe string budget and it is ten years that it is going on.
The labels of he two small inveters are unknown as I simply bought them in big stores like Wall-mart for the 120v. The 500w inveter is a xantrex.
Hope this can be useful.
12-11-2006 12:50 PM
one more caution

Depends on your inverter, too -- anything with a motor could be sensitive to cheaper "square wave" inverters -- we lost some pricey tools this way before we caught on.
12-11-2006 12:42 PM
btrayfors Depends on the model. Many AC blenders draw a LOT of power, 11 amps or more @ 115VAC. You've also gotta figure in the loss through an inverter...about 10% or more.

The 12v blenders have much less powerful motors (11.5A @ 12volts = about 140 watts) vs. the AC models which sometimes have 2 or 3 HP motors drawing 10 times that power.

12-11-2006 12:36 PM
Originally Posted by Giulietta
Labatt, piece of advise, DO NOT go cheap on the feamale.
Yep.. I'd love to say I just bought our new-to-us Passport 40 for my wife but she wouldn't believe me. We actually have one of those $150 blenders for our house and it's awesome! The wife always wants me to go cheap though - she says it's a turn on. I think she just wants me to spend less on boat stuff.
12-11-2006 12:34 PM
mandovai phalo um pouco portugues, escriver es um problema!
I just sailed to brazil and made Amazonia 9 years ago.loved it.
12-11-2006 12:29 PM

According to this description, Waring's 12V blender only draws 7 amps. I can attest to the power of this machine though - been through many nights on the hook with one when cruising with sailing friends. It easily crushes ice when making margaritas & mudslides - galley or cockpit. This may actually be a good hint for my wife - who's been bugging me for more gift ideas.
12-11-2006 12:16 PM
Giulietta Mandovai,

Do you speak Portuguese? (allow me to correct Brincadeira, not brincadera).

Actually, I was not joking, I would like to understand exactly what is best, because I was wondering about this some time ago. I have a margeritta blender at home that would like to bring on the boat, and that is 220V.

So please tell me what is best 12V or inverter one. I don't mind starting the Diesel to charge while I blend!!
12-11-2006 12:11 PM
ModMMax I'll second or third the 120 volt/inverter solution. BTW, we had several cig lighter plugs get so hot you couldn't touch them. Especially on 12 volt
TV with built in vcr. Converted high current 12v loads to trolling motor plugs and cured it.
12-11-2006 12:05 PM
mandovai sempre brincadera giulietta, eh?
12-11-2006 12:02 PM
Giulietta Well. As a conclusion, I couldn't figure out if the 120+inverter+less cost is better than 12V blender.

What is the answer?? Can someone just say 12v or 120V+inverter.

Labatt, piece of advise, DO NOT go cheap on the feamale.

I bought my wife a 42' sailboat this year!!!!
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