12V TV's

Submitted: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 19:02
ThreadID: 57577 Views:7655 Replies:7 FollowUps:5
This Thread has been Archived
Hi All, wondering if anyone can help with any info on best brands & what sort of prices for 12v Tv for caravan?

Thanks LL
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: On Patrol (East Coast) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 20:38

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 20:38
lewishamlad
A lot of LCD TV's are 12v and have an ac adaptor to bring them down from 240 v. Some have an external adaptor, and some have an internal adaptor, Check it out with your local appliance store.
Colin.
AnswerID: 303660

Follow Up By: On Patrol (East Coast) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 20:40

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 20:40
Forgot to add, first find an appliance store sales person that knows what they are taliking about, thats the hard part.
Colin.
0
FollowupID: 569791

Reply By: GerryP - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 21:33

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 21:33
Hi LL,
We bought a small AWA unit. It's only 10.2 inch (25cm) but big enough for the van or trailer and small enough to store easily. It has a built in DVD player which also plays MP3 etc. with Div-x encoder, has external inputs including USB and a 3 in 1 card reader (view your camera shots straight off the card), has a remote control and best of all, has a Li-ion battery which lasts over 3 hours - great for taking outside on a nice night. It runs on 240 or on 12 volt and from memory only cost $299 from Big-W. It's a great little unit - we're rapt in it. Bought it around Christmas time.
Cheers
Gerry
AnswerID: 303675

Follow Up By: G.T. - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 16:28

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 16:28
Ditto - good unit Regards G.T.
0
FollowupID: 570772

Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:34

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:34
Howdy, We have just been through this exercise, & Colins response above sums it up pretty well. Have a look at thread 56196
There are many on the market that are 240/12V. We were a bit restricted in that we don't realy have room, nor the need for a 19 inch unit, idealy we wanted a 15 inch set with built in DVD player.
We eventually settled on a Palsonic model # TFTV1550 which is 38 CM, has a built in DVD player & built in set top box (Something to do with getting reception in a couple years time) Cost $419 though Retravision. Can't comment on it's performance as we are still waiting for it to come into stock. You can buy cheaper, but will need to buy one of these set top boxes apparently in a couple of years time.
If you go for a 19 inch unit, your choice is greater. www.palsonic.com.au is worth a look. Cheers.
AnswerID: 303728

Reply By: oldtrack123 - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 21:07

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 21:07
Hi
suggest you proceed with caution if unit was not supplied with cig lighter adaptor. I WOULD SUGGEST YOU GET FIRM COFIRMATION THAT IT IS OK TO USE IN AUTO VEHICLES SYSTEMS
It may not be suitable for direct connection to AUTO 12V SYSTEM [not designed for possible high voltages if charging batteries etc] on mains power max volts would be about12.8v if using while charging batteries voltage could go as high as 14.5/15 v
PLEASE INSURE YOU READ THREAD MENTIONED IN POST #3 it covers this problems
AnswerID: 303821

Reply By: Mainey (wa) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 10:41

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 10:41
Also check the 'refresh rate' of the tv, some are very low and cause eye strain, because the picture is not smooth but jumpy...

I think that maybe similar to (or same) the tv I bought from BigW and got rid of again with-in 24 hours, because it was a horror to watch as the screen resolution was disgusting.

Mainey . . .
AnswerID: 303900

Reply By: neil&brenda - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 23:26

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 23:26
Hi LL, New to the forum process. Hope you don't mind. We Have seen a Conia 19" for $199. Seems most of the smaller LCD TVs run off 12v. Assuming that you would run it off the the 240/12v transformer when your 12v system is on charge,you will not have any problems. Good luck in your search!
AnswerID: 304044

Follow Up By: oldtrack123 - Friday, May 16, 2008 at 22:42

Friday, May 16, 2008 at 22:42
Hi NEIL
I believe L L wants to run his proposed lcdtv of his 12v system not sure if he has an inverter for 240 v ,if he has one then why would he want a 12v tv?
It would be ok to use a 12v dc lcd tv of battery provided he is not charging battery from ANY source as input voltage could riseto 14.5 or higher as battery reachs full charge[ max volage on transformer would be about 12.8v & this may be all the tv has been designed for]
12v tvs supplied with cig lighter adapter are designed for auto use & the possible higher voltages.
0
FollowupID: 570314

Reply By: Member -Dodger - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 14:14

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 14:14
We purchased the same V as Gerry P about 18 months ago and love the portability of it. It comes with the 12v cig lead and draws a max of 3amps when charging the battery.
I have disconnected the battery (in the instructions it tells you how) and just run the TV from my 12v power VIZ. van and vehicle and when outside enjoying the night from the jumper pack. It only draws 1 amp in tv mode and 1.5 amp in dvd mode like this so would take yonks to run any large battery flat.
It is simple to tune in and has its own external aerial however you must be reasonably close to a transmitter to get any signal. When in van we use the vans external aerial.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

Lifetime Member
My Profile  Send Message

AnswerID: 304326

Follow Up By: oldtrack123 - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 19:29

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 19:29
Hi Dodger
That is a good choice ,with cig lighterplug supplied, no worries!
Size is rght too, in my opinion, the current draw can be quite high in the bigger sizes
In more diffiult reception areas a 12v aerial amp helps a lot. Even though they are normaly used WITH A 240 /12DC ADAPTER , they do not have much in voltage sensitive parts & mine have not given any problems .[mine was from K MARTabout 12 years ago don"know if they still stock them]
0
FollowupID: 570466

Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 21:09

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 21:09
I too have an amp it is a 12v model I purchased from Happy Wanderer. Maybe they still sell them.
As we bush camp in remote areas we record on DVD many of the TV shows we like and take them with us in case of a rainy day so to speak.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

Lifetime Member
My Profile  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 570477

Sponsored Links