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12V/240V Car Inverter 80W - £3.75 *Instore* @ Asda
12V/240V Car Inverter 80W - £3.75 *Instore* @ Asda

12V/240V Car Inverter 80W - £3.75 *Instore* @ Asda

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I was in Blyth Asda today and found an 80W inverter for the car down from £15 to £3.75. I know 80W isn't a lot of power but it's ideal for charging the laptop and for low power devices in the car. And at £3.75 it's a steal.

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is it nationwide?

I keep on voting these good deals from Asda hot and can never buy one.

The Buffalo drive at £35 should be available until early April but I have yet to see one.
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Will refrain until I find one.

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I'm not sure if it's nationwide.

Got the last one at Cardiff Gate. Thanks for the post.

800w surely? 80w would be hard pushed to light a bulb.

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Says 80W on the box. That's fine for charging the laptop on the go which is all I'll use it for.

all these inverters are good for charging mobile phones laptops usless. i have one new from wilkinsons 80 watt when connected to my laptop charges for about 3 minutes then switches off even with the engine running it gets hot realy quickly then switches off.
Edited by: "allan1954" 2nd Mar 2011

warren321

800w surely? 80w would be hard pushed to light a bulb.


Bear in mind that cigarette lighter sockets in cars are usually 10A or 15A MAXIMUM, so giving 120W max and 180W max, respectively, and you wouldn't be wanting to try and get maximum possible current from it, as any startup surge from a device would trip the fuse. The only way to get more is going directly to the battery.

This should be fine for most things you would need it for. Laptop chargers can range from 60W upwards, with laptops with dedicated graphics needing more. I'm pretty sure the standard Dell charger is 60W, so this should be fine for most basic laptops.
Edited by: "captc" 2nd Mar 2011

You could run a Wii and a small (17"/19") LCD TV off this one no problem.

However, if you only want it to charge your laptop why not get a cigarette lighter charger for it? It's much more efficient to step up the car's ~12v to the laptop's ~19v than it is to step up the car's 12.4v to ~240v then back down to ~19v using the laptop's transformer cable.

This is just my opinion... but I'm not sure i'd risk an expensive phone/laptop being charged on one of these.

I bought a universal car charger from ASDA (looks suspiciously the same packaging as above) to charge my phone. Lasted a day, massive short inside the USB connector and fried the charging circuit on my phone.

Phone had to go back to HTC; ASDA sent the charger back to supplier who refused to admit fault however gave me refund + compensation. Huge annoyance and hassle as a result TBH.
Edited by: "daviebroon" 2nd Mar 2011

A surge protector could always be used too, with this.

daviebroon

This is just my opinion... but I'm not sure i'd risk an expensive … This is just my opinion... but I'm not sure i'd risk an expensive phone/laptop being charged on one of these. I bought a universal car charger from ASDA (looks suspiciously the same packaging as above) to charge my phone. Lasted a day, massive short inside the USB connector and fried the charging circuit on my phone. Phone had to go back to HTC; ASDA sent the charger back to supplier who refused to admit fault however gave me refund + compensation. Huge annoyance and hassle as a result TBH.

That's what I was thinking - a bit of a risk to use the cigarette lighter to charge laptops

You can use these with those "jump start/power station" devices that ALDI frequently sell. They contain a sealed 12 volt lead acid battery and have a cigarette socket that can power an inverter for a couple of hours.

If you live out in the sticks this can be a cheap way to provide emergency lighting during a power cut. Certainly cheaper than a generator..

Voted cold!!!!! You can get it for £3.74 on ebay including free delivery.

I got one from asda fareham yesterday,

Last one btw.

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Seems like it is nationwide. My other local Asda had them in stock today for the same price.

Got one at Milngavie this morning in Glasgow there was a few left.
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