RAC 350 Watt Car Power Inverter - £16.99 @ Argos
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RAC 350 Watt Car Power Inverter - £16.99 @ Argos

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Found 7th Jul 2011
* Allows the use of domestic home appliances to be used outside.
* Converts your car's 12V power supply to 230/240V 50Hz supply.
* Convenient for powering laptops, digital cameras, phones etc.
* USB port.
* Direct battery connectors.
* Temperature protection.
* Reverse polarity protection.
* Overload protection.
* Low battery protection.
* Aluminium casing.
* Size (H)15, (W)20, (D)5.5cm

44 Comments

Banned

Really handy for me but already have one

350w isn't going to run many domestic appliances. Maybe a hand whisk lol

Very nice, been after one of these for ages.. Thanks OP.

Please note from the reviews on Argos that this does not come with a cigarette lighter socket adapter and only has clips to connect directly to the battery.

sssundar

Please note from the reviews on Argos that this does not come with a … Please note from the reviews on Argos that this does not come with a cigarette lighter socket adapter and only has clips to connect directly to the battery.



Lol i thought it wasnt a great deal anyway. Bought 300w inverters for £12 to £15 before. My recent £15 purchase was a good branded one with a built in fan. Wouldnt pay £17 for this rubbish. But generally there more expensive then this for a 300w.
Edited by: "J4GG4" 7th Jul 2011

I wonder if this would power my microwave lol

I presume your car heater doesnt work !!

ashtad

I wonder if this would power my microwave lol


J4GG4

Lol i thought it wasnt a great deal anyway. Bought 300w inverters for £12 … Lol i thought it wasnt a great deal anyway. Bought 300w inverters for £12 to £15 before. My recent £15 purchase was a good branded one with a built in fan. Wouldnt pay £17 for this rubbish. But generally there more expensive then this for a 300w.


Not 350 watts you haven't, if so from where? this is a good bit of kit similar model £50 in halfords. You can't run a lot more than 300 watts form a cigarette lighter socket. This will easily power a laptop for kids to watch dvds in the car far better than the small screen dvd players

Crocodile clips to the battery?? If you find me electrocuted slumped over my bonnet, somewhere on the hardshoulder of the m25 clutching a toaster rammed full of pop tarts you know what happened. It rained.

I assume this is pure sine wave? Gonna have some confused hard drives if not.

[quote=Tyranicus66]Crocodile clips to the battery?? If you find me electrocuted slumped over my bonnet, somewhere on the hardshoulder of the m25 clutching a toaster rammed full of pop tarts you know what happened. It rained.[/quote

likey

can this power a shiatsu massaging seat?

Brad

Not 350 watts you haven't, if so from where? this is a good bit of kit … Not 350 watts you haven't, if so from where? this is a good bit of kit similar model £50 in halfords. You can't run a lot more than 300 watts form a cigarette lighter socket. This will easily power a laptop for kids to watch dvds in the car far better than the small screen dvd players



Maybe not. I have a 450w one (Zennox) and it won't power my 17" laptop. I've tested it with a 14" and it worked fine. I only bought one to show the PC's I was selling in the car boot (old P4 1.5's) were working. It wouldn't power the PC though and neither would the 300w one I have built into a car starter/light/tyre inflator thingie (PC's had a 250w PSU).

Cheers OP - voted hot.
Have been looking for something like this for some time, but have been too expensive.

Trust it does come with a cigarette adaptor (bit pointless otherwise as most people don't want to use crocodile clips on the battery to power a 3 pin plug item.

The photo on Argos website shows both a cigarette adaptor and crocodile clips so I have reserved and will check.
Edited by: "ra2000" 8th Jul 2011

On the argos website there 2 or 3 or the 8 reviews state that it didn't come with the cigarette lighter adapter. Makes it useless for me I'm afraid. Sure campers will have use though!

Hi ra2000 - Agree about the photo on the Argos site. I read a review where they have pointed out that its not in the box. If it is included then it is a good buy.

Car included with it?

maxcovergold

On the argos website there 2 or 3 or the 8 reviews state that it didn't … On the argos website there 2 or 3 or the 8 reviews state that it didn't come with the cigarette lighter adapter. Makes it useless for me I'm afraid.

There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about this issue on here. There is NO WAY you can get anything like 350W out of a cigarette lighter - if lucky it will blow the fuse in the car; if unlucky it will melt your wiring loom. If you want to plug an inverter into a cigarette lighter socket you will need to get one that is around 100W or less. The direct connection to the battery is necessary and is the right thing to do.

Of course, if you draw about 100W or less from this adaptor, then you could plug it into a cigarette lighter socket, but then you'd be wasting a lot of its capability.

JJG

Maybe not. I have a 450w one (Zennox) and it won't power my 17" laptop.

That is nothing to do with the power capability; it is more likely that the laptop power supply is objecting to the "modified sinewave" approximation that the adaptor is producing and is cutting out for safety. You could try another power supply.

ra2000

Trust it does come with a cigarette adaptor (bit pointless otherwise as … Trust it does come with a cigarette adaptor (bit pointless otherwise as most people don't want to use crocodile clips on the battery to power a 3 pin plug item.

In that case there will be a fuse in the cigarette lighter plug which will blow if you try to power anything over approx. 100 watts.

I second pibpob, don't put anything like this near the cigarette lighter socket you will fry your wiring loom!

Good timing, I was looking for a good deal on an inverter for my 5 day drive through Europe.... just hope I don't drain my battery and get stuck

Ok... who bought this?

and do you have any pictures of you hooking it upto your car battery to power your laptop/toaster/microwave??????

Post below... cant wait for this.

Just to confirm, bought one and comes with crocodile clip type things that go on the battery, rings really. No cigarette lighter as said above.

Hmm, I wonder if you could wire this to a fused cig lighter plug and run some lower powered items from it? Would be very handy if so.

simate

350w isn't going to run many domestic appliances. Maybe a hand whisk lol



How many domestic appliances do you have in your car then ?

For laptops I'd get a proper laptop DC-DC power supply. This will be large, inefficient and probably won't run from the cigarette lighter socket, that's if it works at all. I have a cheap universal laptop car charger and it works really well at charging the three different laptops I've used it with.

I really cant think of many uses for this, except possibly powering a small TV or games console in a caravan/tent from a car battery, that's if they work on modified sine wave.

as stated above - I reserved one, checked it in-store and it only comes with crocodile clips.
Showed them the picture with crocodile clips AND cigarette adapter and they said they would report it; so didn't buy it. Pity.

ra2000

as stated above - I reserved one, checked it in-store and it only comes … as stated above - I reserved one, checked it in-store and it only comes with crocodile clips.Showed them the picture with crocodile clips AND cigarette adapter and they said they would report it; so didn't buy it. Pity.



Exact same here!


I needed one for the weekend so i went to my local Halfords and bought a Ring 500w for £30!

Fuses for Cigarette Ligher sockets are usually between 10 and 20A

20 x 12v = 240w so yeah, not a good idea to plug into cigarette ligher socket lol

perfect for iPad

Tyranicus66

Crocodile clips to the battery?? If you find me electrocuted slumped over … Crocodile clips to the battery?? If you find me electrocuted slumped over my bonnet, somewhere on the hardshoulder of the m25 clutching a toaster rammed full of pop tarts you know what happened. It rained.



lmao

ljbutchik07

perfect for iPad


What sitting in your engine while on your ipad? lolllll

Anyone know if it will work with one of these...

amazon.co.uk/gp/…JWD

J4GG4

What sitting in your engine while on your ipad? lolllll



movies for children i guess

I bought ome of these up to 500 watts ok for car socket i bought a plug and cable £3 halfords connects to terminals fine works great in car for pc

I bought ome of these up to 500 watts ok for car socket i bought a plug and cable £3 halfords connects to terminals fine works great in car for pc

Do people realise that at full rated power this device will take around 30Amps and therefore flatten the average family car battery in about 2 hours.

Several people on here have complained that this will not work with a given device but do not seem to think this may be due to their car battery not being able to sustain full voltage under load and therefore the inverter detects low voltage and shuts down.

Tyranicus66

Crocodile clips to the battery?? If you find me electrocuted slumped over … Crocodile clips to the battery?? If you find me electrocuted slumped over my bonnet, somewhere on the hardshoulder of the m25 clutching a toaster rammed full of pop tarts you know what happened. It rained.



X)

Some folk are nuts work it out for yourself a small kettle (travel type) is around 800watts a home kettle is 2200watts up to a max of 3000 watts

Now volts divide by watts(p) = amps from above 3000 watts divide by 240volts = 12.5 amps thus why no mains kettle will ever be over 12.5amps because the fuze would blow. (13amps plugs)

So no where near you can get any home equipment to run of this unit.

Laptops/ipad etc only need around 70 to 140 watts depending on size but its the surge on the invertor thats stops em working, best bet is to plug the invertor in for a few seconds then the laptop power supply then after a few more seconds plug it into the laptop, they work work great but if your powersupply is 100watt then you will need a min of 140watt inverter

I bought a 2000watt one from LSUK great for car boots or if you want to run a tv etc but as others have said you need engine running as these things can drag over 45 amps from the battery
Edited by: "bashy2002" 8th Jul 2011
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