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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 06-16-2016, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Why only 110v?

Why didn't they put in a 120v inverter instead? I pretty much cannot power anything but a phone charger off of this thing. I thought it would have been cool to use my electric gril... no go... so I though maybe we could at least use a George foreman... nope. Finally looked at the little words on the cover and it is only 110v...

Any ideas why they didn't use 120?

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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 06-16-2016, 01:35 AM
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The voltage isn't an issue, max wattage is where you will run into problems.
The outlet is 150 watts max.....and it's a pretty safe bet your electric grill will probably exceed that substantially....should say on the appliance decal.
Anything rated for 120v ac can be powered by 110 to 120, but if your power draw exceeds 150 watts (or is coming close for an extended period) you'll most likely blow the fuse.
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Your grill probably takes something like 1,200W. An good quality inverter capable of running that load would literally be close to the size of your battery and have wires about the the size of your little finger.

Take another example of a window air-conditioner. It's also going to be 110V (120V). Compare how big the wires are on that vs something like a desk lamp.

There are two components; voltage and current. A common analogy is a water pipe; "The voltage is equivalent to the water pressure, the current is equivalent to the flow rate, and the resistance is like the pipe size."

I like a slightly different analogy (flawed as it may be); mathematically, current (Watts) is Volts * Amps. If you consider Watts to be Weight you can then see the difference between a 150W inverter and a 1,200W grill.
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You'll find that 150 watts limits you to phone chargers, maybe a smaller laptop power supply. The AC adapter to my Dell Inspiron 7559 draws 150 watts by itself.

I've found little to no use with the AC inverters in any of the vehicles I've owned. For charging cell phones, a 12v to USB works just as well, and is more compact.
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The only time I ever used mine was to recharge my notebook and portable jump start battery while traveling. Otherwise I use the USB ports for power.
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I have used mine for Christmas Lights for parades, and small electric tools like drills and saws.
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Why only 110v?

I've used mine to run an extension cord into the house then power a few LED light bulbs during a power outage. But now I have my high amperage connection in the back as long as the engine is running I can power just about anything except the fridge with a 2000w inverter.


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Does anyone know where the stock inverter is located? I've always carried a 1500 watt inverter in my car for emergencies such as power outages and such. I've been looking into somewhere to permanently mount it, but if I could somehow fit it where the stock one is and retain the stock outlet, that would be great.
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Does anyone know where the stock inverter is located? I've always carried a 1500 watt inverter in my car for emergencies such as power outages and such. I've been looking into somewhere to permanently mount it, but if I could somehow fit it where the stock one is and retain the stock outlet, that would be great.
I believe the inverter is within the center console itself. I doubt you'd be able to physically fit a 1500W inverter in the same place and the existing DC power wires would almost certainly not support the 10x current draw.

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So maybe a grill won't work... what are some useful things aside from chargers that you could run?

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