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Ring Compact 120W Power Inverter/Supply E:Can £12 @ Tesco
Ring Compact 120W Power Inverter/Supply E:Can £12 @ Tesco

Ring Compact 120W Power Inverter/Supply E:Can £12 @ Tesco

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Hi, I was in Tesco's Gorton Manchester and they have the 120 W Ring E can for £12 which i currently the best price I can find.

It is a nice quality item, I think the outside i made of aluminium which is a nice touch. It is can shaped and can therefore fit in cup holders in you car. it is the 120W model that doesnt have a USB port. (that is the 150W model) but im sure 120W is more than enough for most peoples needs.

I bought it to charge/power my netbook when im out. And I think most laptops would also be fine, even some small portable tvs would be fine im sure. And mobile phones, psps NDS etc will all be fine. So yes its a nic piece of kit indeed and is a very good price as on tesco site it is £35.00. Instore only im afriad, i imagine it isnt store specific but I reckon only decent sized Tescos will stock such an item

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looks useful if you can get one at that price, nice find

i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car windows...it did not and i suggest the 120w would power even less appliances and the 120w does not have the usb connection either.
my opinion is don't buy the 120w, if you really need one get 150w or higher.

mykaloen;8923693

i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car … i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car windows...it did not and i suggest the 120w would power even less appliances and the 120w does not have the usb connection either.my opinion is don't buy the 120w, if you really need one get 150w or higher.



A mini hair dryer needs much more than 150 watts - typically 500. This should be OK for small electronic devices.

This look like a good deal. If you just want to top up the Laptop on the road, thanks.

go ahead and buy it then...it's a pain really, got to fiddle with the plug in the fag lighter socket for it to work and you end up having only one hand free.
you've been warned !

mykaloen;8923693

i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car … i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car windows...it did not and i suggest the 120w would power even less appliances and the 120w does not have the usb connection either.my opinion is don't buy the 120w, if you really need one get 150w or higher.



What a surprise it didn't power a hairdryer! Maybe you should have tried a 4 bar electric fire inside the car over night!:p

Would this be ok to power my 90 watt laptop charger? I'm assuming it would.

i suppose kettle's would be out of the question:roll: would have been nice to boil a cuppa on long trips. Been keeping an eye out for a these inverters, this is a Good Deal! (if you can find it).

I use one it charges my laptop, and drill batteries with no problem .... but seriously a hair dryer !!!!

oosyadaddy;8924415

I use one it charges my laptop, and drill batteries with no problem .... … I use one it charges my laptop, and drill batteries with no problem .... but seriously a hair dryer !!!!



it was only a mini-fold up hairdryer FFS !

i've had one of these and i'm just giving my opinion...to which you are better off heeding than some jumped up smart-r's that has never had one !

oh and it's really noisey too.

For people who need to use hairdryers upto 900W may I suggest below
( for health and safety reasons I assume you will need to open a window slightly)

SDMO Booster 1000
900W Generator Compact, quiet-running Generator. Lightweight yet very stable
Honda GHX50 Petrol Engine
Compression Reduction
Over 6hrs Max. Run Time
Low Oil Cut-Off
Overload Breakers
IP23
Booster 1000, 0.5Ltr oil, 12V battery charging leads.
£498.47
At Screwfix

no good for my ghd`s then

I had one of these and it wouldn't power my fridge, oven, freezer, dishwasher and tumble dryer! Very poor.

so I can't epilate my legs while I'm driving?

poop!

If you want a closer look, I review this product here;
youtube.com/wat…nxs

And an alternative;
youtube.com/wat…K48

Thought these might help in your buying decision. It is a very well made product.

If you buy a Prius & plug it into itself you've got free travel forever.

Voted hot.

£35 thus expired

Bleary123;8925750

If you buy a Prius & plug it into itself you've got free travel … If you buy a Prius & plug it into itself you've got free travel forever.Voted hot.


LOVE IT

Banned

harrysav;8924394

i suppose kettle's would be out of the question:roll: would have been … i suppose kettle's would be out of the question:roll: would have been nice to boil a cuppa on long trips. Been keeping an eye out for a these inverters, this is a Good Deal! (if you can find it).



you can buy a car kettle!

you will never get an inverter to run a kettle (unless you spend hundres, and wire it in specially)

mykaloen;8923693

i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car … i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car windows...it did not and i suggest the 120w would power even less appliances and the 120w does not have the usb connection either.my opinion is don't buy the 120w, if you really need one get 150w or higher.



Lol, you should have kept that to yourself!

Its not that good i have had one for about a year now, yes its still in use but only for phones or DS not good for laptops.

Even a smal compaq 90w or 120w its will struggle or not power it up at all.
I even found that it will charge a Asus eee 701 but not its the netbook is turned on, it just cant handle the power.

And who said bigger ones are expensive they not, you can get a 2000watt on ebay for around £40 and yes it will power a mini kettl, some even peak at 3000watts used one myself and does power almost anything you throw at it.

Laptops tent to go to a max of 140watts
Kettle range from 800watts to 3000watts
Irons are around 2200watts
Hover around 2200watts

Buts its the serge they all need that why this is no good GET A BIGGER ONE

Bit hard to make a cuppa .Milk and sugar please ...when yer drivin Surely....:?

mykaloen;8923693

i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car … i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car windows...it did not and i suggest the 120w would power even less appliances and the 120w does not have the usb connection either.my opinion is don't buy the 120w, if you really need one get 150w or higher.



Are you stupid or something? Hairdyers will require atleast 500+w, so it wouldnt make a difference if you had the 120 or 150w versions? Try reading the specs first?

Original Poster

mrclint;8925805

£35 thus expired



On Tesco direct it is £35, but instore it was £12 yesterday. So not expired.

Hondo;8926450

Bit hard to make a cuppa .Milk and sugar please ...when yer drivin … Bit hard to make a cuppa .Milk and sugar please ...when yer drivin Surely....:?



Strange who said anything about driving at the same time

Camping to power a t.v. and like, carboots if you do em, charging a laptop or using one if you have a passinger etc etc

Going on holiday and traveling a long way, might need to keep kids happy with DS or even more if you know how to hook up a consol unit to a small screen.

Big ones are easy to mount and hook up

Bleary123;8925750

If you buy a Prius & plug it into itself you've got free travel … If you buy a Prius & plug it into itself you've got free travel forever.Voted hot.



Brilliant reply :-D:-D:-D

mykaloen;8923693

i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car … i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car windows.



Pro Tip: Check the label on the device you want to power first (bet it said 1000W or similar)

mykaloen;8923693

i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car … i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car windows...it did not and i suggest the 120w would power even less appliances and the 120w does not have the usb connection either.my opinion is don't buy the 120w, if you really need one get 150w or higher.



The wattage will be written on the hair dryer somewhere, so it is easy enough to check this before spending money on an inverter.

As a rule of thumb, anything which has the purpose of generating heat tends to use quite a lot of electricity.

Bleary123;8925750

If you buy a Prius & plug it into itself you've got free travel … If you buy a Prius & plug it into itself you've got free travel forever.Voted hot.



Best thing I've seen for ages - REPPED YOU

harrysav;8924394

i suppose kettle's would be out of the question:roll: would have been … i suppose kettle's would be out of the question:roll: would have been nice to boil a cuppa on long trips. Been keeping an eye out for a these inverters, this is a Good Deal! (if you can find it).



Dug out a 12v kettle plugs into the ciggy socket - may have come from a lidl sale
works ok - ie water does get very hot

But it takes a while to get there - you can get 2 cups of hot water out of it quite handy !!

I bought 2 of these last year from tesco, they were reduced to £3 though...

I paid £7 last year for mine. Still works fine, and we used it to power a portable DVD when camping.
Still working great.

Bit expensive compared to what others seem to have paid. It's gone up! Think I'll vote cold because of that.

D.

mykaloen;8923693

i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car … i bought the 150w last year to power a mini hair dryer to de-frost my car windows...it did not and i suggest the 120w would power even less appliances and the 120w does not have the usb connection either.my opinion is don't buy the 120w, if you really need one get 150w or higher.



I'm really confused why you would attempt to use a mini hair dryer to de-frost your car windows anyway. By the time an Inverter powers the hair dryer (And we now know that it physically can't - but just for argument sake, say that it could) you would have flattened your car's battery anyway.

Now if you run the engine and put the heater on and select the heater controls to demist....

Bleary123;8925750

If you buy a Prius & plug it into itself you've got free travel … If you buy a Prius & plug it into itself you've got free travel forever.Voted hot.



my blonde girlfriend - "no way does that really work?"

:whistling:

Popped into Tesco Express in Staines as I've lost my Costco inverter - nothing left on the shelf and none in the back office. Although, if anyone needs an inverter, Maplin have a pretty decent looking 300W inverter with 230v, USB, croc clips and lighter plug connection down from £49.99 to £24.99

bashy2002;8926306

And who said bigger ones are expensive they not, you can get a 2000watt … And who said bigger ones are expensive they not, you can get a 2000watt on ebay for around £40 and yes it will power a mini kettl, some even peak at 3000watts used one myself and does power almost anything you throw at it



Just in case anyone has ideas about plugging one of these into a cigarette lighter - you can't. A 2000Watt inverter at full load will be drawing almost 200 Amps i.e. a similar current draw to the starter motor.

Original Poster

ha im powering my msi u135 netbook now at a motorway service station. So the poster that said it wouldnt power his netbook either has an ultra powerful netbook, a car with bad electrics battery or alternator or he was simply lying.

mikerj;8940774

Just in case anyone has ideas about plugging one of these into a … Just in case anyone has ideas about plugging one of these into a cigarette lighter - you can't. A 2000Watt inverter at full load will be drawing almost 200 Amps i.e. a similar current draw to the starter motor.



Not from the Cig lighter lol you no chance lol anything above 10amps DC needs to be direct from the battery

And the other post all laptops are different its depends what the power supply needs plus its surge as well
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