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I have not fully pushed this past 250w so far but it works beautifully. Even though the fan runs its silent, and even when it speeds up, it’s virtually nonexistent. This is what I cared about the most after clean power. (Which it does.)
This is a power inverter that will enable you to run small loads (up to 500W) off of a car battery. The unit measures 6” x 4” x 2” and weighs 1.6 lbs. On one end are 2 fuses and the 2 DC in ports (red and black). On the other end are 2 North American 3-prong 110V output sockets, as well as 2 USB sockets and an on/off switch. Also in the box you can get a pair of 22” clamp cables, red and black, for connecting to the leads on a car battery. And a 24” cable that plugs into a 12V power receptacle in your vehicle, plus 2 spare fuses and a paper manual in “English”. The inverter is rated for 11-15V DC input and 115V AC 60 Hz output, with a maximum load of 500W. The product was made in China.
I find this inverter very handy for camping trips. It enables us to use small electrical devices like our electrical tooth flosser (dentist’s orders!) and lights while camping. Having the USB charging ports on the inverter is super convenient as well. I don’t know how well this inverter would work for long term use, but for short camping trips it makes all the difference between roughing it and being comfortable. Overall, it’s a capable inverter if you just need to run a few lights or charge your laptop and comes will all the cables you need to get connected.
I attempted to use the 300W with my notebook despite the rating on the Apple P/S of 92 watt, which of course, failed. I passed the 300W along to a Mac Air Notebook user. The 500W is quiet, & charges my notebook without issue. My only suggestion would be to provide a cross reference of acceptable units vs inverter models for the various notebook community.
Living in Florida, I am always looking for back up energy sources to stock up on, before hurricane season! This fits the bill! I will give it to my son to keep in his car for any emergency. It's very simple to use and have had no issues with the unit keeping a long charge!
Nice Product for the price...It is Modified Sine wave. Some items will buzz, ie. fan motors and UPS battery back up will not run on Modified Wave. All other items seem to run fine. Fan only comes on when needed, so unit is nice and quiet unless you are drawing near to max power.
So far about a half hour test this morning. Connected to a scanner for the test. Clean signal with clear sound. So far very happy with the workmanship and product. I like that I can use the accessory plug or direct clamp to the Battery. I haven't tried the USB plugs yet but what a bonus. Small, light weight and so far, very light load, the fan has not turned on. Updated 5-23-19 I tried this out on a extra stereo receiver I have the other day, no outside noise was detected and worked great. I then connected a halogen light, 4 ft, and ran it for about 45 minutes at the same time as the stereo and it worked great. I am very happy with this purchase and now have bought a 1000 w, can’t wait to step my small solar setup further
Used this for a 36 hour round trip car ride. It was nice and helpful to be able too charge multiple devices all at once. Unit did not get unbearable hot to the touch. I never noticed the fan kicking on. Kept my hand near the opening and looked every few minutes or so to see if I could see the fan spinning but never did. Will keep an eye on that. But had my iPhone plugged into a USB port, my wife's Galaxy s8 plugged into the other USB port. Kept both of our phones fully charged. Normally one of us has an issue keeping a full charge while using normal car chargers connected to a splitter. Also had my son's tablet and my wife's tablet plugged into the outlets. Both of those stayed charged.
Unit never over heated and kept everything up and running. Just need to check on the fan and see if I can get it running just to make sure it works.
On a weird note. When plugged into my Prius outlet , both with the device turned on and off, it doesn't allow my car to shut off right away. It's weird as my car will beep at me for about 10-15 seconds and then shut all the way down. Not sure what's causing that but will continue to monitor it.