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I found this whilst looking for something else, seems like a good deal, it's less than half what Ebuyer charges! (£23.45).

You may not need one now but it's worth keeping one in the boot of the car just incase you need to power something that runs from the mains... Phone charger, laptop, 50" LCD TV?


Belkin AC Anywhere 300W DC/AC Power Inverter - Portable

Overview--
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.


Features--
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
Belkin 2-Year Warranty

Specifications--
Device Type DC to AC power inverter - external
Localisation United Kingdom
Input Voltage 12 V
Output Voltage AC 230 V ( 50 Hz )
Power Provided 300 Watt
Output Connector(s) 1
Manufacturer Warranty 2 years warranty
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#1
Looks good, going to try and get one tomorrow.
#2
Good deal HOT
Hopefully it isn't one of the inverters with a fan in, that are noisy as hell.
#3
I noticed the pic on the Homebase website doesn't have a Uk socket on it, but I presume it's just the wrong pic :roll:

Would be good if someone can comfirm it and i'll update it :thumbsup:
#4
none in stock
#5
i wish someone would make a 24v inverter
#6
have you got the barcode of the product?
#7
Hi

Could you use one of these with a 2-way adapter (so connect 2 appliances from it)?
#8
Gollywood
Hi

Could you use one of these with a 2-way adapter (so connect 2 appliances from it)?


I think it would depend on the total power usage of the devices. This is running on a CAR power - not off the mains.

You could run a small TV off it or a laptop, but if the total wattage exceeded the limit, I imagine the device would trip a fuse of some sort.
#9
dink
I think it would depend on the total power usage of the devices. This is running on a CAR power - not off the mains.

You could run a small TV off it or a laptop, but if the total wattage exceeded the limit, I imagine the device would trip a fuse of some sort.



Sort of thing I had in mind would be maybe charging up a camcorder & maybe kids playing in their Nintendo DS - no TVs or anything as large as that
#10
raveydaveygravey
i wish someone would make a 24v inverter


Currently out of stock, but Maplin supply one ([url]www.maplin.co.uk[/url]) the stock code is A25FW.
#11
Gollywood
Hi

Could you use one of these with a 2-way adapter (so connect 2 appliances from it)?


Yes you can, as long as you dont exceed the wattage of the inverter.
#12
300w isn't that much, a large (or old) TV might take more than that. There are better options for charging a mobile phone. To be honest, I couldn't see a decent reason for getting this....

However, as a 'just in case' purchase, it seems like a good deal. So don't let my negativity put anyone off! :)
#13
raveydaveygravey
i wish someone would make a 24v inverter


You mean like this one?

http://www.advancetec.co.uk/acatalog/info_0105078.html
#14
Can someone explain how you get 300W out of a cigarette lighter socket?

Do not try to power anything that consumes more than 100W at the most, or you will blow the car fuse or worse. The only way to get any more than that would be to connect the input directly to the terminals of the battery.
#15
How quickly would this flatten the car battery if you connected a laptop to it?
1 Like #16
pibpob;3055262
Can someone explain how you get 300W out of a cigarette lighter socket?

Do not try to power anything that consumes more than 100W at the most, or you will blow the car fuse or worse. The only way to get any more than that would be to connect the input directly to the terminals of the battery.

You can't

The unit comes with a supplementary jumper lead that incorporates a cigartte lighter socket (to plug the cigarette lighter plug on the unit's fly lead into) and crocodile clips to connect directly to the battery

Connection directly to the car's cigarette lighter socket must only be used for loads not exceeding 150W.

Please ensure you read the manufacturer's instructions fully before attempting to use this unit.

Also available for the same price is a 140W Belkin AC Go Anywhere unit without the jumper lead (but why not buy the larger capacity 300W one and take advantage of the extra flexibility it provides?)
#17
stphnstevey;3055432
How quickly would this flatten the car battery if you connected a laptop to it?


It would depend on the size of the vehicle's battery, the battery's condition and level of charge and the amount of power the laptop would pull.

Even with the smallest of car batteries (e.g. ca. 35Ah), and an average laptop pulling say a maximum of 90W (including recharging it's own battery), it could theoretically last over 4.5hrs. However the unit has an alarm that sounds when the battery voltage falls to 10.4V and automaticly cuts off when the battery voltage falls below 9.8V so hopefully retaining enough power to still start the car.

The unit also has some LEDs on the side to show you the state of charge of the battery.
0% = <10.6V and so you are close to the automatic low voltage alarm

As long as you start the engine every hour and run it for about 10-15mins you should be fine.

Of course if you are using it whilst the engine is running, it'll never deplete the battery.
#18
Biker Jeff;3053538
Good deal HOT
Hopefully it isn't one of the inverters with a fan in, that are noisy as hell.


Belkin always fit fans to their inverters to ensure they remain cool (and so don't trip out). Don't buy a 300W inverter without a fan - they need one! I doubt you'll ever find one rated at 300W or more without a fan fitted.

Noisy? Well they do create some noise yes, but it's only a simple fan similar to that used on a pc or laptop. I doubt you'd hear it over the sound of a running car engine (unless you happen to run a Roller!)

Btw, this is an amazing price for a Belkin 300W inverter. I bought one a few years back when I thought I got a great deal paying 50% more. They typically retail at up to £35 each.

Voted - HOT!
#19
Just bought one in Homebase and it does have a normal UK 13A socket.
Bar code is 7 22868 56952
#20
Im quite new to all this power inversion... can some one advise me whether these are suitable with Dell laptops? Because I have a dell laptop u(Few years old) with a dodgysome battery, but Would find it easier to have one of these items so I can charge my laptop as and when I need to....
1 Like #21
Imti-Babamiya;3056805
Im quite new to all this power inversion... can some one advise me whether these are suitable with Dell laptops? Because I have a dell laptop u(Few years old) with a dodgysome battery, but Would find it easier to have one of these items so I can charge my laptop as and when I need to....

Yes this would be perfect. :)
No Dell laptop would pull more than 150W (90W or less is typical), so you can use it by plugging into the vehicles cigarette lighter locket without any fear - then you just plug the power lead/mains plug for the laptop into the inverter instead of a mains supply.
#22
Premier
Yes this would be perfect. :)
No Dell laptop would pull more than 150W (90W or less is typical), so you can use it by plugging into the vehicles cigarette lighter locket without any fear - then you just plug the power lead/mains plug for the laptop into the inverter instead of a mains supply.


Thanks for your reply
#23
Loads of these in the Chester branch.
#24
Imti-Babamiya
Im quite new to all this power inversion... can some one advise me whether these are suitable with Dell laptops? Because I have a dell laptop u(Few years old) with a dodgysome battery, but Would find it easier to have one of these items so I can charge my laptop as and when I need to....



You need to be very careful running a laptop off an inverter. These cheap inverters use a modified sine wave to replicate A/C, and it can damage the power supply unit of the laptop. You need an inverter that gives a pure sine wave - they are not cheap!

Some people though will have no bad effects from using one, personally I wouldn't take the risk with an expensive laptop.
#25
Teknobry
You need to be very careful running a laptop off an inverter. These cheap inverters use a modified sine wave to replicate A/C, and it can damage the power supply unit of the laptop. You need an inverter that gives a pure sine wave - they are not cheap!

Some people though will have no bad effects from using one, personally I wouldn't take the risk with an expensive laptop.


Thank you for your honest opinion.
Could you possibly recommend a product that would achieve this? :thumbsup:
#26
Try googling pure sine wave inverter if you would prefer one of those - expect to pay £100+ for a 150W - 300W one.

I and my work colleagues have been using modified sine wave inverters with dell laptops for a a few years now without any problems.

Should the worst happen, a genuine replacement Dell laptop power adaptor costs about £35.25 including postage :)
http://search.euro.dell.com/results.aspx?c=uk&l=en&s=gen&cat=prod&k=laptop+power+cable&rpp=12&p=1&subcat=2999%2f6554&rf=all&nk=f&sort=K&ira=False&~srd=False&ipsys=False&advsrch=False&~ck=anav

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Most appliances will run perfectly well on Modified Sinewave output. These include low energy incandescent lights, PC,s, Laptops, power tools, mobile phone charger, small music systems and some small televisions.

Appliances that use starter motors such as fluorescent lights need Pure Sinewave output. Hi-tech appliances such as large television sets, hi-fi’s, etc. need Pure Sinewave output. Generally most appliances will run better and cooler on Pure Sinewave output.
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#27
Teknobry;3080399
You need to be very careful running a laptop off an inverter. These cheap inverters use a modified sine wave to replicate A/C, and it can damage the power supply unit of the laptop.
How exactly? Laptop power supplies are switch-mode and the first thing they do is rectify the mains anyway.
You need an inverter that gives a pure sine wave - they are not cheap!
I think they're designed for things like induction motors which really can get unhappy.
Some people though will have no bad effects from using one, personally I wouldn't take the risk with an expensive laptop.
If the power supply blows up it's incredibly unlikely it will take the laptop with it.
#28
Great thing about the internet, you can always find something that will back up what you say :lol:

http://www.donrowe.com/inverters/inverter_faq.html


"pure Sine Wave inverters (also called True Sine Wave) are more suited for sensitive electrical or electronic items such as laptop computers"

"We often are asked if computers will work with Modified Sine Wave. It's been our experience that most (with the exception of some laptops) will work"

My laptop cost me alot of money, and the risk of damaging it or the PSU through a dirty current/bad frequency means I'd rather pay more for cleaner power.
Googling about pure and modified sinewave inverters brings up plenty of sites that say 'yes its fine' and others that say 'it will cause overheating and DEAAATH!!' (well, almost)

So, entirely up to you really which you go for!
banned#29
good item, but not very slim, too big to carry
#30
great deal. gonna have a look at my local when i go home today
#31
you can search online to see if your store has any in stock

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