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# 350 watt with 500 watt peak power.

# Plugs directly into 12V car cigarette lighter socket.

# Allows the use of domestic home appliances to be used outside.

# Play stations, CD players, portable DVD, drills, tv, lap tops etc.

# Also ideal for camping and caravans.

# Power on the move.

Realistically this is best used with the battery clips if you intend to power more than 100W worth. Check the fuse rating for your cigar lighter then multiply it by 10 to get the highest wattage you should use through the lighter (this includes a safety margin in the calculation).

Unless you have dual charging, or a large battery - this is best used with the engine running - unless powering low wattage items.

It will happily charge tooth bushes, mobiles, rechargeable batteries, any LED lights, radios/CDs/MP3 players via a standard multiblock in your car all at once without the engine running - as these use almost no power.

Mine powers a mains 150w 18 inch fan from a secondary battery while camping - which is enough of a draft to stay cool and stops insects landing.
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#1
http://www.argos.co.uk/wcsstore/argos/images/101-7402216A69UC449512X.jpg

BIG PICTURE!!!!
#2
Voted hot...!
#3
Glad you pointed out 'Unless you have dual charging, or a large battery - this is best used with the engine running - unless powering low wattage items'. OR take a second battery as a leisure one for fans, phones etc

HOT......................:thumbsup:
#4
600W available in Maplin for £34.00
#5
Oops . It is £69.99 now in maplin. was 34.00 couple of weeks back
#6
Maveli
600W available in Maplin for £34.00


That deal is only on about 10% of the time...

http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?TabID=1&criteria=usb&ModuleNo=48724&doy=search&C=SO&U=Strat15

...and not on now.

Its also larger and heavier - and is likely to be more power than you need unless you live in a caravan.
#7
big-boy
Glad you pointed out 'Unless you have dual charging, or a large battery - this is best used with the engine running - unless powering low wattage items'. OR take a second battery as a leisure one for fans, phones etc

HOT......................:thumbsup:


A cheaper option than a leisure battery which is likely to skin you the best part of a ton is to get a car battery from a scrap yard - they are happy to get rid of working ones for as low as a fiver.

If you dont want to install a dual charging circuit in your car as you only intend to use it to see how you get on - you can park it on a hill - and swap batteries. This lets you charge both well - and if the one you put into the car has almost no power the hill starts the car.

DONT do this with automatics!!!!
#8
Any idea on the weight of this?
Tempted to lug a car battery up our local woods and record an album on my laptop in the ambience of the woods :)
#9
ibiza
A cheaper option is to get a car battery from a scrap yard - they are happy to get rid of working ones for as low as a fiver.


We think very much alike.........:thumbsup:, Also if your in a van you can wire the batts in series so the drain is spread and both charge whilst driving, like the hill park trick :-D
#10
cRuNcHiE
Any idea on the weight of this?
Tempted to lug a car battery up our local woods and record an album on my laptop in the ambience of the woods :)


I dont know - I would guess 10kg.

I have a CItroen - and removed the cage for the spare wheel that hangs beneath the car as the spare kept being knicked - then welded in a box I made from 16 guage which was the full width of the back that went down to the same level as the fuel tank - so the spare is kept inside now - and the invertor is bolted in beneath the boot floor with a tool kit, two extra batteries and the spare.

I am going to Argos over the weekend to get a couple of things for holiday - and if they have one in stock I will check for you.
#11
big-boy
We think very much alike.........:thumbsup:, Also if your in a van you can wire the batts in series so the drain is spread and both charge whilst driving, like the hill park trick :-D


If you wire them in series they get a 6v potential drop over each when charging - but if you had them charged the PD would be 12v + 12v = 24v at the cable ends.

Mine are wired in parallel, so both + to + and - to -.

This effectively just increases the capacity of the battery power and charges at 12v (and also drops the internal resistance).

I think you just used the wrong word :-D
#12
cRuNcHiE
Any idea on the weight of this?
Tempted to lug a car battery up our local woods and record an album on my laptop in the ambience of the woods :)


The one I bought from Maplin weighs just under 2 KG
#13
ibiza
Mine are wired in parallel, so both + to + and - to -. This effectively just increases the capacity of the battery power and charges at 12v (and also drops the internal resistance). I think you just used the wrong word :-D


Yes I did that's exactly what I meant + to + - to - :thumbsup:
#14
Maveli
The one I bought from Maplin weighs just under 2 KG


Mine is ancient - ex MOD.

If they are down to that weight now it might be time for it to become a fixture in my lock up - and swap the new one into the car.

Is that the 600W one that is under 2kg?
#15
ibiza
Mine is ancient - ex MOD.

If they are down to that weight now it might be time for it to become a fixture in my lock up - and swap the new one into the car.

Is that the 600W one that is under 2kg?


Yes the 600w one. More details here http://www.dc-ac.com/sp-600.htm
#16
ibiza
Mine is ancient - ex MOD


Did it come with the puddle jumper or sherman tank it was designed for use in :p. New ones have standards:
http://www.dc-ac.com/image/iso.gif
#17
It actually came with two extremely robust wooden handled snow shovels/ice picks with green leather covers that fold down to about 18 inches and weigh a ton. I think they are dated 1967.

They have a rotating square lock - so either the shovel can be put forward - or the ice spike - or the shovel can be put to 90 degrees and the pick at 180 degrees to it - or both folded back against the handle.

They are a brilliant bit of kit and all cost 12 quid + fees at an auction about eight or nine years ago for the shovel/axes and the invertor.

I really need to post a picture of these to do them justice.
#18
THIS IS A GOOD ALTERNATIVE APPROX £15-16 shipped usually takes 7-10 days to arrive from this site.

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.10090

300W 12V DC to 220V AC Power Inverter with Connection Kits
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#19
I thought these inverters weren't suitable for running electric motors, drills and fans as they have a square wave output.
#20
Jefft
I thought these inverters weren't suitable for running electric motors, drills and fans as they have a square wave output.


These ones got modified sine waves. So all the above will work but with a bit more vibration
#21
or pay literally half the price at dealextreme for similar wattages:
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.10090

cold.
#22
The deal extreme one is a tenner less - but...

1. If a dud arrives its easier to change at Argos later the same day.

2. The Argos one peaks at 500W and manages a constant 350W - is the deal extreme 300W peak or constant?

3. You can get the Argos one tomorrow, it wont risk being kept in customs for six weeks over the holidays.

4. The Argo one has a UK power socket. What sockets are these?

http://www.dealextreme.com/productimages/sku_10090_2.jpg

5. If it dies five months later - what is Hong Kong law on replacements and who pays the postage/insurance.

6. Who do you trust most - a UK supplier more than a far eastern one?

Lastly - don't get me wrong - I am all in favour of buying from abroad - however only when there is a marked benefit - and a tenner less for an lesser unspecified unwarrantied product with weird plugs does not seem worth the hassle in this case.
#23
could use it with this...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B000I0LD6W/sr=/qid=/ref=olp_pg_new?ie=UTF8&coliid=&startIndex=0&me=&qid=&sr=&seller=&colid=&condition=new

The top supplier of the Freeplay Weza in the list is less than £100 new delivered :w00t:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41T3HBDSFYL._SL500_AA280_.jpg
#24
how does it compare to this Belkin from Ebuyer?

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/128343

£27.68 delivered (£22.89 if overall order is £50 or more)
with Belkin 2-Year Warranty

Blurbs...
"Running out of power is an event of the past with AC Anywhere. The unit simply plugs into any standard, 12-volt DC vehicle cigarette lighter socket to convert your vehicle's battery power to 230-volt AC (common household current). Now you can keep laptop computers, PDAs, and AC appliances powered and operational wherever you go.

* Powers and recharges portable devices using 300-Watt power inverter
* Converts DC Power to AC power from a cigarette lighter socket
* Fits all standard car cigarette lighter jacks
* Works with laptop computers, portable printers, small TVs, CD Players, and other portable devices
* Converts 12 volts DC power to 230 volts AC power
* Automatic overheat shut-off at 66 Celsius
* Overload protection
* Power LED indicator
* Child safety shutters
* Replaceable fuse included"
#25
ibiza
A cheaper option than a leisure battery which is likely to skin you the best part of a ton is to get a car battery from a scrap yard - they are happy to get rid of working ones for as low as a fiver.

If you dont want to install a dual charging circuit in your car as you only intend to use it to see how you get on - you can park it on a hill - and swap batteries. This lets you charge both well - and if the one you put into the car has almost no power the hill starts the car.

DONT do this with automatics!!!!





Batteries for as low as a fiver?.......Where?...........My local scrappy charges £15.00 these days.
#26
These are a good item.........voted hot.

The rest of the guys (girls?) are correct, have a spare battery, or run the engine periodically, park on a hill..........better yet, make the wife & kids push.

Oh no, here come the PC mob comments.
#27
140w version (300w peak) for £11.74+delivery at Morgan
#28
urbundk
Batteries for as low as a fiver?.......Where?...........My local scrappy charges £15.00 these days.


If you take a few they are happy to drop the price to a fiver.

The most I have paid for a battery is 15 quid for an 027 (355 x 175 x 175 i think) - they have my number and call me when they get them in.

Our cars runs on vegetable oil - so it needs more oomph to start it in the cold.
#29
Both the other ones posted seem good deals too.

Everything I have used on mine with the exception of my largish fan which is rated at 150W would run on the small one - and at that price it is excellent.
#30
ibiza
If you take a few they are happy to drop the price to a fiver.

The most I have paid for a battery is 15 quid for an 027 (355 x 175 x 175 i think) - they have my number and call me when they get them in.

Our cars runs on vegetable oil - so it needs more oomph to start it in the cold.



My car runs on paper............paper money.
#31
urbundk
My car runs on paper............paper money.


Two years ago fuel was 40p a litre.

Three months ago the cheapest was 56p a litre.

Now its 85p a litre for the the worst oil - and a pound for the best stuff.

So i think everyone's now runs on paper too.

I am toying with the idea of setting up a second large capacity fuel filter and lift pump - then letting the fuel circulate constantly through the large filter - with the standard fuel off take being moved to after the new big filter.

So the car will filter fuel constantly as it drives - and I can try using filtered waste oils.
#32
It sounds like you know what you're doing...........I've read that adding Lye and methanol (cheap) in small increments, makes the sludge (old cooking oil) run a little bit better........the process is quite easy and if you wear gloves & safety glasses, it is quite safe........just wash your hands after and store all ingredients properly.....I know, this goes without saying for most people. But safety is paramount when mixing unlabeled toxins.

You do need to get the recipe correct or you may do some damage to turbos and other engine components.

I have friends in North America where the temperature really dips and diesel will gel at low temperatures, even premium fuel will thicken to a sludge. They;re experimenting with it on fishing boats and snow plow rigs.

Kudos to your efforts

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