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Jaycar inverter

Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by Poxy, Feb 23, 2005.

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  1. Poxy

    Poxy Guest

    A friend wants to run a laptop and video camera off one of the cheap Jaycar
    inverters - I'm guessing the switchmode power supplies should be OK with the
    non-sine wave output, although I have no idea of the power factor issues
    with these supplies. Does anyone have any experience with this kind of
  2. Guest

    Have seen many which have lost their smoke.

    I dont recomend non-sinewave models for this sort of gear.

    Choose a model with listed power output quite a long way higher than
    your expected requirements as I feel (from experience) that the
    inverters may not be rated in "real world" Watts. Much the same as
    your average $20, 1000W computer speakers.

    You get what you pay for in the end, how much value do you put in your
    laptop and camera???

    Sam T
  3. chris

    chris Guest

    Went outback camping for 2 weeks with a friend who brought a similar one
    (300W) and it worked fine charging cameras. The laptop PSU's can tend to
    run a bit hot and I've done some field work where the inverter didn't
    like it at all (shutdown straight away) - again a cheapie 300W model,
    but, granted, the inverter battery had done a fair bit of work that day

    I ended up using a Targus 'universal' 12V adapter for the laptop but
    they're not cheap ~$150.00. I'm able to get it for my day job though so
    the company pays :).

  4. Poxy

    Poxy Guest

    This was for a Apple Powerbook - the 12V adaptor is $210. He ended up
    getting the Jaycar 300W one on the basis that they had a money-back option
    in case it didn't work. He just tried it out running both the camera and
    laptop and both worked fine, however he's going to doa longer test to make
    sure nothing heats up too much.
  5. Jim

    Jim Guest

    And the interference may kill any HF radio reception.

  6. Martin

    Martin Guest

    I wouldn't worry about that problem, the ACA and Government are doing their
    best to encourage BPL in Australia and that will wipe out any HF radio
    reception far better than any inverter could!!!
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