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Old 05-26-2019, 03:31 PM   #1
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Any thoughts, recommendations or advice on 12 volt/120 volt? Antenna, dvd and streaming devices or casting from your phone?
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Old 05-26-2019, 04:59 PM   #2
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Any thoughts, recommendations or advice on 12 volt/120 volt? Antenna, dvd and streaming devices or casting from your phone?

This has been discussed quite a bit lately, along with using 12v stuff in general.


Here is a link to one of them on laptops, but there are also others on using 120v TVs and DVDs.


http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f2...-12v-7982.html


Bottom iine for us, after doing a bunch of testing was that staying native 12v was not necessary to save power as the 12v adapters and power conditioners used as much power as a small inverter and were limited to mostly running one thing. Add to this most stuff is moving up to higher DC voltage which makes finding 12v stuff harder and means more adapters.


We have switched out most of our stuff now, TV, DVD, laptop etc as they needed replacement for 120v versions and have a couple of small 120w Samlex PSW inverters to turn on for that kind of thing. One is in the audio cabinet and one is hooked to an outlet strip for other 110v uses. Now we can just use whatever we want in off the shelf 110v versions which are available everywhere.
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In our van we decided to use projector in lieu of LCD TV. With technological advances in projection TVs with Texas Instruments imaging device DMD and LED light source they became very efficient. My unit is permanently mounted on the ceiling with 35Ē screen also mounted on the ceiling. When not in use the screen retracts back. Both front seats have swivels and a table so we can enjoy evenings with movies.

For us a simple circular antenna is glued to the window, not the best but sufficient.

To power we use a very efficient Morningstar 300W inverter which has 2 outlets, one on the galley with the adjacent switch and one next to the projector.

We donít use projector very often, and if we do it is for local news if we have reception or for DVD.
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Thank you for the informative link. I really liked what you did with the Samplex and Tessan and the 'portableness' of the Samplex. Will be looking into that.

Was frowning on 12 volt TV/Monitor but wasn't sure about using 120. Looks like I'll be looking for a small 22" 120 now.

GeorgeRa

Hadn't thought about projection... nice set up. Had been looking at the different indoor antennas and the ClearStream Eclipse antenna was one of the choices I had been looking at.

Also had been thinking about using a small outdoor antenna attached to a pvc pipe which would could be mounted to the outside of the RV.



Thnx again guys....
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I solved my problem by not buying a new 12v one after the last one died. Makes it less like home but that is way I like it.
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Thank you Marley,

But being a sports fan there are times when a tv comes in handy.

Re Boosters idea with the 120w Samlex inverter (don't know why I kept referring to it as a Samplex) I was wondering if the lower wattage is a good idea compared to perhaps a 300w or higher. I guess it depends on whats going to be connected.
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Thank you Marley,

But being a sports fan there are times when a tv comes in handy.

Re Boosters idea with the 120w Samlex inverter (don't know why I kept referring to it as a Samplex) I was wondering if the lower wattage is a good idea compared to perhaps a 300w or higher. I guess it depends on whats going to be connected.

You can get the higher powered ones and still have similarly low no load power use, although I haven't ever tested where they fall compared to rated. I would expect the major brands to be well within specs, no name ones maybe not.


We chose the Samlex because it was large enough to do what we needed, but very small in footprint so fit very well in the areas we wanted to use it. Also very quiet. The larger output units also tend to be considerably larger. If size had not been an issue we would probably have gone in the 200-300 watt area. We have a Magnum MS2000 inverter/charger that can run the entire van on 110v, so plenty of power for stuff if we need it. The Magnum just has too high power waste at 1.4 amps no load.
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Was looking at the 300w unit Samlex also has. It does have a slightly larger footprint [6.1 x 9.69 x 2.58] but I think it'll do.
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I installed a 24" that has built in DVD player just last week in my RT 200 P, works perfectly
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