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power inverter.....

anyone know were to get a decent one for a good price....i just want 1 to run a laptop off of and maybe another small item....

and anyone know of anything so i can mount a plug in the center console and hide the inverter in the tool box? i want something that i can make look as stock as possible in the back of the center console....
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Sounds like you only need a 200 or so watt inverter. They're tiny these days.
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Do you have an academy in your area? there are cheap right now because they are not selling for some reason.
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I have a 400/600 inverter made by Coleman in my truck. It's not permanently wired in, but it should do the trick for what you need. I paid around $45 for it and it comes in a hard case with spare fuses and you can change the cables from either a 12V plug to gator clips to connect it directly to your battery.
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this is the 1 Laura found on Summit....
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

would that work? i figure since i have to order parts for my car from them tomorrow, it wouldn't hurt to get that.....

i am going to hardwire whatever kind i get to my aux fuse block.....the fuse block only gets power when the truck is running.....since it draws off my secondary battery in the tool box.....
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Yea that inverter will do it long as that's all you plan on running. If u have a harbor freight by you they sell a bunch of inverters. I just got a 1000/2000 watt inverter for 50 that I put in my truck. If u want to put the inverter in ur box u could just use an extension cord to run it up to your console.
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damn you just gave me an idea, im going to put mine behind my empty airbag thing and run the 120v and a switch for it down under the ashtray somehow, along with a little led to show that its on.
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i have a small one under my seats i just use it for laptop very small but can handle it, got it for 18$ at Costco
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not to steal your post, but is it possible to wire an inverter into the truck somehow instead of usig the 12v plug or the clips for the battery?
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not to steal your post, but is it possible to wire an inverter into the truck somehow instead of usig the 12v plug or the clips for the battery?
use scotch loks and tap into the cig lighter wires.
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what are scotch loks?
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they look like this, basically its a wire tap.
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use scotch loks and tap into the cig lighter wires.


I would not do that if you intend to pull major loads off of the inverter. I think I wired mine with 8 or 4 gauge right to the battery, and can run a sawzall off it all day long.
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thanks, I appeciate it!!
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I would not do that if you intend to pull major loads off of the inverter. I think I wired mine with 8 or 4 gauge right to the battery, and can run a sawzall off it all day long.
x2 those wires will fry if it goes too high. Better to run it like an amplifier.
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I would not do that if you intend to pull major loads off of the inverter. I think I wired mine with 8 or 4 gauge right to the battery, and can run a sawzall off it all day long.
its made to run off it anyways.
i could always run it off my 2g wire for my amps, idk if thats a good idea tho.
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I bought a 200 watt black and decker and it fits right where the ash tray goes if you take it out.
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x2 on the hard wire to the batt.
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I got a 400watt vector from Sams club for 20 bucks.
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I got a 400watt vector from Sams club for 20 bucks.
thats what i got and it works awesome.
I hard-wired mine to my capacitor in the rear of my truck used for my system.
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