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Ive been thinking Of installing a power Inverter In my Truck

For charging Computer, Camera Battery and other things

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Whistler - 200-Watt Power Inverter - PI-200W


Im gonna hard wire it. Think I might put it under the passenger seat. or mounted to the jump seat. Let me know If yall know of any others that are fairly inexpensive but good inverters that wont catch my truck on fire
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I have a 400 watt Black and decker that I hard wired and put inside my explorer console. Worked great, was a pretty good price too. Make sure to use the right gauge wire though.
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gotcha where did you pick that up at?
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Walmart for like 40 bucks.

What all are you going to be running from it?
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Walmart for like 40 bucks.

What all are you going to be running from it?
Laptop, Camera Battery Charger, Maybe a radio, Toaster Over, and maybe some other smaller things when I go Camping
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Toaster oven? lol

A 200 watt will run all that stuff fine. Laptop chargers only pull 80-130 watts normally.

Now toaster oven will probably pull a lot of watts, it'll depend on the model.
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Just spend the money and get like a 1000w one. I'm going to be buying a 1000w one this summer and running an extension cord from it to the bed and am going to cut a hole for my outlets.
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Toaster oven? lol

A 200 watt will run all that stuff fine. Laptop chargers only pull 80-130 watts normally.

Now toaster oven will probably pull a lot of watts, it'll depend on the model.
Umm yeah I like to use a toaster oven to cook hahaha


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Just spend the money and get like a 1000w one. I'm going to be buying a 1000w one this summer and running an extension cord from it to the bed and am going to cut a hole for my outlets.
Now thats a good idea
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Haha thats just a random thing to bring with you camping, I never thought of that one. I would go with a 1000 watt if your going to do that, better safe than sorry.
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Umm yeah I like to use a toaster oven to cook hahaha




Now thats a good idea
Did that on my step-dad's Titan. Works amazingly.
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I know ive seen it done OE on some full sizes
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IMO don't go cheap if you plan on using it a lot. We use them everyday in our work trucks to run laptops and printers. I can't remember the wattage on mine now but it is a black and decker model and cost around 80 bucks.

All the cheap ones they have got have burned up
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I know ive seen it done OE on some full sizes
His looks OE. We got a double plug outdoor plug and painted it black to match the Line-X. It's a clean set-up for sure.
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I put one in every vehicle I own. put the inverter behind the dash and install a single outlet in the center console. I love it and comes in really handy.
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IMO don't go cheap if you plan on using it a lot. We use them everyday in our work trucks to run laptops and printers. I can't remember the wattage on mine now but it is a black and decker model and cost around 80 bucks.

All the cheap ones they have got have burned up
Gotcha I will take that advise... I will check out Home Depot then I think they sell the Black and Decker Ones

At work I just use the Welding Machine It has 110 outlet built in as well as 480 3 phase and others haha... I could run a washing machine if i put one In my truck
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His looks OE. We got a double plug outdoor plug and painted it black to match the Line-X. It's a clean set-up for sure.
Hmmm Might have to do this
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Tacomas had an option for a plug in the bed, maybe you could snag one out of a JY.
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I dont see to many junkyard tacos around here... I will check ebay though

Found the Taco Inverter but no bed outlet

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I have a 900 watt RMS inverter and I wouldnt recommend going any lower, as for plugs just hardwire the unit under your seat and take out the built in plugs off the unit and relocate them to wherever. Autozone/lordco has the automotive plugs similar to what the taco's use aswell
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I have a 900 watt RMS inverter and I wouldnt recommend going any lower, as for plugs just hardwire the unit under your seat and take out the built in plugs off the unit and relocate them to wherever. Autozone/lordco has the automotive plugs similar to what the taco's use aswell
Autozone carries this?

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Autozone carries this?

OO I want that Without the Taco
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I don't know if the states has lordco's but it's a similar store to autozone and yes, I have seen similar setups to those
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Damn our autozone doesn't carry any 110 volt automotive plugs. I'd love to have something like in my bed.
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I have a 1500 Watt RMS inverter I picked up from Harbor Freight 3 years ago. Works great, never had a problem with it, and I paid about 60 dollars for it.
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Mine is a 750 watt now that I can see it
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