Inverter Recomendations/Experience

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DesiPower

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Looking for a cigarette lighter inverter for running laptop/dvd player on a road trip. Not planning to get a full sine, just a regular one. No particular budget constraints. Want to know if anyone here used one before without experiencing BSOD. Any perticular make/model that generally known for their good quality and smooth functioning. Anyone's friend/family even actually used one...
 

ElFenix

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i got a cheap one at fry's and had no issues running my laptop off it.
 

Vette73

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Just make sure you get one that is rated for continious use, not peak. So if you will need 200watts then get one with at least 25% ability to cover that, 250watts/500watts peak.

The ones I have used were from harbor freight or other no name ones. The "name brand" ones seemed to be the same just with a different sticker.

And lastly make sure your car can handle that. A lot of cars cig Lighters can;t do more then a couple hundred watts and the inverter needs to be hooked up to the battery.
 

ravana

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Just got one from Walmart for like $30 a few years ago before a roadtrip.
 

hanoverphist

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i cant remember what brand mine is, but it handled my laptop at 90w for up to 6 hours at a time with no issues. i had to start my truck once in a while to keep the battery up tho. it was an on sale thing at frys elec about 4 years ago. the cooling fan went out and its goiing out now, but it still works for like half an houor at a time. i cant use it for my new lappy anyway, its 135w nom so im going to get a bigger one installed to the battery direct
 
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