Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: Inverter drains batteries
As someone else mentioned, I too got out of the need to invert to watch a movie on TV. Itís not only energy inefficient, but the permutation of switches to make it work and, more importantly, shut it back off so it doesnít drain all night, was a PITA. When we invert, it powers every 110v receptacle in the ship. Especially a problem, when the youngins wanted to stay up later and never shut down quite right.
It was a bit pricey, but I bought a Jensen 12v TV. Great picture. Best money I ever spent on a TV, which Iím not even a very significant user. RV and Trucker sites have lots of 12v selection, but be warned that most are pretty lousy. This seems to be a top brand and is engineered to accept the various voltages that a 12v bank is going to throw at it. Super low draw.
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