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Old 01-30-2014, 06:40 AM   #1
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Would You Share Your Experiences With 12 Volt TV's?

Hello Everybody,
Well, just came out of a very bad cold snap here in NY...temps today up to 21 degrees - yoo hoo! I'm writing to see if anybody would be willing to share their experiences and/or make a recommendation for a 12 volt ac dc tv.
I'm going to get a 15" for my 13' Scamp (15.4 or 15.6, whatever they call it). The brands I've seen in ac dc are:

Skyworth, Supersonic, Naxa, Axess, RCA, Quantum.

I would appreciate your replies with what your opinions are. Most of the drawbacks I've seen online are sound volume/quality and viewing angle problems. How 'bout you?

Happy Thursday,
Wendy (CampyTime)
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:44 AM   #2
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Wendy..... I don't have a one in my Uhaul but I do have a small one with a 7 inch screen in my tear drop and it works great. 7 years and I never had a problem with it. If I was going to by a new one I would look at a web sight that soled supply's to over the road trucks they usually have the most durable stuff.
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I got the Naxa from amazon with built in dvd player, real pleased with the picture and sound.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:25 AM   #4
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Wendy,

I'd go out to Amazon and read the reviews. I read the reviews for Naxa and there are more than enough to get a broad view from existing users.

Our approach was to purchase an AC only 21" TV. If we want to run it on DC we use a small cigarette lighter inverter.

WE've had two LCD TVs over 13 years and both handles extensive road travel very well.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:38 AM   #5
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Our approach was to purchase an AC only 21" TV. If we want to run it on DC we use a small cigarette lighter inverter.

WE've had two LCD TVs over 13 years and both handles extensive road travel very well.
The last time I looked into this I came to the conclusion that an AC powered TV with a converter worked out best. The cost was less and the availability of TVs to choose from was far greater. The trick was finding a good converter. The first one I purchased was too noisy.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:55 AM   #6
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Works perfect on 12 volt.
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:03 AM   #7
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I suggest fergetting the AC/DC TV's. They cost more and are almost never a brand name. Two easier and less expensive choices are:

1. As mentioned, buy a good 15" flat screen that has good reviews and run it off of a small inverter. We run a 24" flat screen w/DVD player off of one without problems.

2. Look around the back of all the 15" sets you are interested in until you find one with a plug-in power supply. Most of these run native on 12VDC. The VIZIO in our Hunter is such a set. You can also check these out on-line. If there is a back view, and it doesn't have a power cord attached, it's a good bet for 12VDC operation. Sets that have a input specification for 100-240VAC also usually use a universal power supply with 12VDC output.

And WHAT.... Someone has licensed the RCA name to sell TV sets?????
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My TV is a 19 in RCA LCD with DVD purchased from London Drugs in Alberta for $130 Cdn (that is about $117 US).
Features include:

- 110V AC or 12V DC
- DVD player
- audio and video in
- digital audio out
- USB port
- hdmi port
- <35W power consumption
- PC audio and video ports
- antenna connection
- headphone port
- mounting holes on back

It was a great deal for me. Plugs into the 12V outlet in my Escape.
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There are many TV's that don't advertise the fact that they run off 12VDC. Typically they have a power brick that plugs into 120VDC, but the brick outputs 12VAC. I think the one in my travel van is an RCA. Not a great brand, but I picked it up for less then $100. I lost the brick, but since I only use it in the van, no biggy.

Just go to your local Best Buy, and look at the TV's on display. The power bricks usually specify output voltage. The sales man might think it a bit odd that you are looking behind the TV's, but so what?

There may be a potential problem with this. The voltage in a car varies, depending on whether it is running or not. When running it may be as high as 14.5 VDC. This is not a problem with the TV I use, but potentially it might be for other TV's.
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You really don't have to look for a tv that states it will run on AC and DC. If you're using it in a 12VDC environment, that's all you need it to run on. If 110VAC is available, even better, it will be recharging your batteries while running your tv through the charger/converter.

I have used several Jensen brand tvs. These are made for RV's and run on 12 volts.

12 Volt Television - Jensen 12v LCD TV for RV

The reliability and picture quality is remarkable. Check sources other than above for better prices.
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I've had a 13" Naxa with a built in DVD player for about 5 years.
It's 110 or 12V.
Have never had a problem.
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Bought a 15" Seiki 16:9 LED, 1360 pixel x 768 pixel, and runs on AC and DC cords. Comes with an HDMI cable and a remote and cost $79.99 at London Drugs. ( plus $20 environment fee and taxes here in BC ).
Picture and sound are better than the Insignia that the kid took to university.
I have an equally cheap 7" DVD player that I can plug into the TV for movies, but I'm sure a combo unit isn't that much more money.
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What's a $20 environment fee for a TV?
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The environment fee pays for recycling. All appliances have a charge applied at the point of sale to try to keep stuff out of the land fill.
We also have bottle deposit, but in that case you pay a fee upon purchase and get it back when you bring the empties back. Keeps them out of ditches.
Also have recycling fee on batteries, tires, etc.
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