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150w Inverter - £14.99 @ Netto

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Power inverter

150w continuous/300w peak output
USB output
Connects via in-car cigarette lighter socket - so you can use it on the move too
Suitable for most small appliances, e.g. laptop, mobile, lamp, portable tv, etc

Price £14.99

Available from Monday, 07th July 2008 whilst stocks last
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#1
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#3
Why the cold?

The argos item is twice the price and cannot be used on the move?
#4
Premier
Why the cold?

The argos item is twice the price and cannot be used on the move?


800 watt with 1200 watt peak power.
Allows the use of domestic home appliances to be used outside.
Play stations, cd player, portable DVD, drills, tv, lap tops etc.
Also ideal for camping and caravans.
[SIZE="4"]Power on the move.[/SIZE]

It may be twice the price but it's 5 times more powerful.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/201643/power-inverter-800w-was-59-99-now-2/
#5
simate;2452538
800 watt with 1200 watt peak power.
Allows the use of domestic home appliances to be used outside.
Play stations, cd player, portable DVD, drills, tv, lap tops etc.
Also ideal for camping and caravans.
[SIZE=4]Power on the move.[/SIZE]

It may be twice the price but it's 5 times more powerful.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/201643/power-inverter-800w-was-59-99-now-2/

It doesn't plug in a cigarette lighter! It has 2 ruddy great crocodile clips that need to go directly on the battery due to the current it draws!
The two products are not comparable - it's horses for courses.
Look at the no-load current alone for the whopper that argos offer
If you read the thread, you'll see the shortcomings of such a massive inverter when you use it with an ordinary car battery.
It's like voting cold on the price of a new mini because you could buy a jag for twice the price, that goes faster, and has more luxury.
#6
Premier
It doesn't plug in a cigarette lighter! It has 2 ruddy great crocodile clips that need to go directly on the battery due to the current it draws!
The two products are not comparable - it's horses for courses.
Look at the no-load current alone for the whopper that argos offer


It can still be used on the move though can't it. EG. Fishing, take a heavy duty car battery with you for long stints like I have before, attach inverter to battery with the crocodile clips and charge your mobile phone, watch a dvd etc. You'd be surprised how long it lasts for.
#7
simate;2452600
It can still be used on the move though can't it. EG. Fishing, take a heavy duty car battery with you for long stints like I have before, attach inverter to battery with the crocodile clips and charge your mobile phone, watch a dvd etc. You'd be surprised how long it lasts for.

The argos item can't be moved whilst the car is being driven, no.
The engine needs to be running, else the battery will only last 10mins with the argos item at full load.
So, great if you want to floodlight your fishing for 10mins with an 800w floodlamp.
If you are only using a small rated appliance (e.g. 100w lamp, mobile phone, dvd player, etc), you should use an inverter whose output is best rated to the load. e.g. this 150W inverter
Why pay twice the price for a large inverter when you are not using the capacity?
Note that the argos item is also about 50-100% larger in physical size (and weight probably)
Also it doesn't come with a USB output
#8
Premier
The argos item can't be moved whilst the car is being driven, no.
The engine needs to be running, else the battery will only last 10mins with the argos item at full load.
So, great if you want to floodlight your fishing for 10mins with an 800w floodlamp.
If you are only using a small rated appliance (e.g. 100w lamp, mobile phone, dvd player, etc), you should use an inverter whose output is best rated to the load. e.g. this 150W inverter
Why pay twice the price for a large inverter when you are not using the capacity?
Note that the argos item is also about 50-100% larger in physical size (and weight probably)
Also it doesn't come with a USB output


An hour and a half later and it's still 0 degrees, surely that tells you something.
#9
simate;2452871
An hour and a half later and it's still 0 degrees, surely that tells you something.

Well it's gone up since you you voted it cold into negative territory!
[Edit: A big thank-you to the kind person who left me rep for this deal too! :thumbsup:
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http://www.marlec.co.uk/inverters.htm

Any chance you could post a better, comparative deal?
Or perhaps the link to that asda stove you also poo-poo'd my other deal with
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/209027/portable-gas-camping-stove-5-99-net/
#10
Its a decent deal, and the two items being discussed above simply cannot be compared as they are for two completely different applications.
#11
Got to agree with Premier on this one, sorry simate but the invertor from Argos that you suggest as an alternative is ridiculous, it just isn't for the same market. The one the OP is posting is for people to plug into their lighter socket whilst driving so that low power devices can be used/charged whilst on the move. This is simply not possible with the hefty Argos one. Can you imagine somebody stopping the car, opening the bonnet connecting an invertor and then starting the car again just to charge up their laptop!

Also as has been mentioned, you really want to be using the correct rating for what you require or it's just going to be inefficient. The Argos one is a good price, IF that's what you need. If you don't need that much power, or need to be able to use it whilst driving then it's useless.

I suspect that this deal isn't all that hot, simply because it's not especially cheap, there have been several similar invertor deals recently for about the same price. If it was a tenner, then I'd vote hot, as it is I'll go warm.
#12
This is a good price for a 150W inverter, they are usually about £25..... So hot from me.
Inverters for domestic use, are usually only used to low power items like mobile phone chargers etc. You cannot compare this with the 800W one, which would only be used in a proffesional capacity with banks of high powered batteries.
To give you an idea.... A portable colour TV is about 50 watts, this would drain your car battery in about half hour.
Also inverters use battery power themselves, the higher power inverter the more power it will burn.... That before anything is even plugged into it.
#13
Premier
Well it's gone up since you you voted it cold into negative territory!
[Edit: A big thank-you to the kind person who left me rep for this deal too! :thumbsup:
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http://www.marlec.co.uk/inverters.htm

Any chance you could post a better, comparative deal?
Or perhaps the link to that asda stove you also poo-poo'd my other deal with
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/209027/portable-gas-camping-stove-5-99-net/


I haven't voted either way actually. I cannot find the Asda stove thing but I definately saw it on here a week or so ago, it may have just been a comment on another thread I can't remember. Stop taking my comments so personally!
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=48723&C=Maplin&U=SearchTop&T=inverter&doy=4m7
Not sure if this one plugs into the ciggy lighter or what, it's only £19.99 from £39.99 for a 300 watt one.
#14
The maplin offer is a good deal for a 300w inverter - I originally posted a link to it a couple of weeks ago in the thread about the 800w inverter you posted the link to (post#38 of that thread)

It comes complete with both crocodile clips & a cigarette lighter attachement. That's because anything over 150W load needs to be attached direct to the battery - the cigarette lighter socket is usually protected by a 15A fuse.
If you don't need 300w output, the maplin offering is still 33% more expensive than this netto deal, hence why I thought this netto offering was a good deal.

I'm not taking your comments personally, but this is a site for hot uk deals - I would welcome any personal experiences/opinions of the items promoted or even better value comparative deals, providing you back up the offer with a source. Unfortunately your posts do neither on both my deals, just criticise without any backup.

Did you really think your comment
simate
An hour and a half later and it's still 0 degrees, surely that tells you something.
added anything of value to this deal?
#15
Premier
The maplin offer is a good deal for a 300w inverter - I originally posted a link to it a couple of weeks ago in the thread about the 800w inverter you posted the link to (post#38 of that thread)

It comes complete with both crocodile clips & a cigarette lighter attachement. That's because anything over 150W load needs to be attached direct to the battery - the cigarette lighter socket is usually protected by a 15A fuse.
If you don't need 300w output, the maplin offering is still 33% more expensive than this netto deal, hence why I thought this netto offering was a good deal.

I'm not taking your comments personally, but this is a site for hot uk deals - I would welcome any personal experiences/opinions of the items promoted or even better value comparative deals, providing you back up the offer with a source. Unfortunately your posts do neither on both my deals, just criticise without any backup.


You say yourself it's a good deal, the Maplin one may cost just a fiver more but it's a more advanced versatile unit so it IS a comparible deal if not better and is worthy "backup". Plus the Maplin one was £39.99 so is a bargain, a "better deal" as you put it and most likely better made considering it's original price, whereas the Netto one is £14.99 all day long.
The Maplin one can be used with many more things for a mere five pounds more, it also saves upgrading in the future. It may not have a USB socket but that's hardly the be all and end all is it.

Premier
Did you really think your commentadded anything of value to this deal?


Fair point, sorry.
#16
Do stop bickering you two!!
#17
Ghosthunter
Do stop bickering you two!!


Yes dad, lol. He cannot see the value of the Maplin one for just five quid more though.
#18
simate
Yes dad, lol. He cannot see the value of the Maplin one for just five quid more though.


But its not up to you to make him see! Just vote it cold and move on!!

Voted hot btw
#19
meispete
But its not up to you to make him see! Just vote it cold and move on!!

Voted hot btw


He asked why the cold?

I answered, so did he, then me and so on, it's what forums are about.....discussion.
#20
Whilst I agree that the Maplin 300W inverter is potentially better vfm, I suspect that there are a lot of people who wouldn't even consider connecting an inverter directly to the battery and would only want to plug it safely into the lighter socket. If you happen to be one of those people then the extra power is a waste of time, and the extra £5 not needed. Personally I'd quite like to get one of the can shaped ones to fit in the can holder, just for neatness really. I don't think I'd use it much, just if I needed to charge anything whilst driving.
#21
Ok, I'm sure it's just a typo on Nettos part, but it says 24-V 50Hz AC. Would be totally useless if it is, but as - is next to 0. Best just to check before buying me thinks.
#22
bladeflyer
Ok, I'm sure it's just a typo on Nettos part, but it says 24-V 50Hz AC. Would be totally useless if it is, but as - is next to 0. Best just to check before buying me thinks.


What it means is that you can plug 24 Volt devices into it. It will step up from 12 volt to 24 volt. Lorry drivers will buy 24 volt devices such as kettles, microwaves etc, because all trucks are are on a 24 volt system and not a 12 volt system like cars.

Either that.... Or you can use it plugged into a trucks 24 volt cigarette lighter socket.
#23
To clarify - it is a typographical error on the Netto publication. (not unusual for them)

It should read:
12V DC - 1 x 240V AC/50Hz

Note: This inverter is not suitable for 24V DC vehicles (e.g. lorries)
[admin]#24
simate
He asked why the cold?

I answered, so did he, then me and so on, it's what forums are about.....discussion.


You've been making comparisons to entirely different items here, and in this thread .

Please don't threadspoil.
Add a comment if voting cold (ie if you find the exact item, one with the same specs, or a similar product cheaper elsewhere.)
If you don't have a valid reason for voting cold, then move on without clicking please.
#25
Perfect for my needs.

Not sure what the bloke pushing the Argos one is on about!

If I want something that can heat up all of Scotland, I'll go for that.
#26
suspended#27
TESCO POWER INVERTER

tesco do them as well.... lol
#28
Premier
The maplin offer is a good deal for a 300w inverter - I originally posted a link to it a couple of weeks ago in the thread about the 800w inverter you posted the link to (post#38 of that thread)

It comes complete with both crocodile clips & a cigarette lighter attachement.


Correct, I just got one. It's also smaller than the 150W one I got from Maplin some time ago. Not sure about the Netto, but this 300W Maplin one is also quieter than the 150W Maplin one I have (which buzzes a little), though the 300W one has a laptop type fan in it which is supposed to kick in when it gets too hot. The Maplin one has its 12V cable attached by spade terminals (not permanently wired in). Whilst this offers flexibility, it may also be a weak point in the design, as over time from bing 'wiggled', I'd expect a spade terminal to break off at the least convenient moment...

My only point is size and noise may also contribute to the percieved value of any particular product for some people. For £15 on price alone the Netto one should be good value, as many people don't need anywhere near 150W for powering laptops and other rechargeable kit on the move.
#29
good deal thanks for posting :)

some people just seem to need to try and put a negative spin on things for some unknown reason!
#30
Good deal - Hot.

I don't drive a car so when I got one of these with my xbox screen (£19.99) I gave it to my dad...

He's too scared it'll run down his battery... any idea how long a laptop will run?
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Good deal - Hot.

I don't drive a car so when I got one of these with my xbox screen (£19.99) I gave it to my dad...

He's too scared it'll run down his battery... any idea how long a laptop will run?

Even at full load, this inverter would pull about 15A from the battery (after allowing for inefficiencies).
The smallest of car batteries is about 36Ah meaning this inverter would theoretically last just over 2 hours using that size battery.

On larger sized cars, the battery is typically in the range 55/70Ah meaning the inverter would last theoretically about 4 hours.

However there is an in-built low voltage warning and cut-off meaning the inverter will first give a warning once the battery voltage falls below a specific level and will cut out completely shortly thereafter if the voltage continues to fall. Expect this to reduce the above times by at least half - but it will leave the battery with enough power to start the car.

A laptop would typically only require about a maximum of 100W so that would increase the length of time the battery lasted by one third.
(This value includes the power required to charge up the laptop's own battery as well as run it at the same time - if the laptop's battery is already charged, the power requirement to just run the laptop would be even less)

The advice would be, if running the laptop whilst the engine was not running, to start the engine every hour and run it for 10-15 minutes to recharge the battery.
#32
I have bought this to use on my car to power my laptop, however it says "connect to earth before using" any ideas what that means for this application?
#33
khizman;2490815
I have bought this to use on my car to power my laptop, however it says "connect to earth before using" any ideas what that means for this application?

Does the inverter have an earth lug connector? This could be a special lug for this purpose, or just a particular screw on the case.

If so, this should be connected to either an earth stake (literally a copper stake placed into the ground) if used outside of the vehicle or to any point of the vehicle (metal) bodywork if used wholly inside the vehicle. Ideally this would be made using a length of #8 AWG wire, preferably with green / yellow insulation.

[LEFT]This is to provide an earth for any appliance that needs one in case a fault develops. In a normal household socket, the top earth pin within the socket is connected to the ground, but obviously with this type of device you need to make that connection.[/LEFT]

In the case a fault develops, it's better for the current to pass through an earth wire to escape rather than through you!. The reason you can connect this to the car bodywork if you use this entirely whilst you are within the car is that the vehicle body is effectively the earth as the car itself is insulated from the ground by 4 big rubber insulators - the tyres.


Edit: The earthing lug on this inverter is located directly to the right of the outlet socket

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