Power for 12 volt TV in Caravan

Submitted: Monday, May 31, 2010 at 20:07
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I have a new Van with a 12 volt LCD TV which is mounted inside, there is also an external TV Mount bracket if wanting to sit in annexe and watch TV.

The power supply system provided is 100-240 Volt thru AC Adapter and delivering 60/50hz 1.5 Amps.

The Van has 12 Volt system - [2 AGM Batteries and 1 solar panel] but has no 12 volt power source wired into the van that is readily available, I figured I would have had a typical cigarette lighter style socket but none installed? rather it has just the adapter mentioned above which works fine if in carapark but no system if running off 12 volt.
It seems silly to use inverter etc?

Can I buy a portable power pack that I could use, alternatively I expect I can run 12 wiring etc but then what do I do to deliver power into the TV, it has a small male female push in power cord similar to laptop etc.

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Reply By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 21:32

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 21:32
All good answers to your question in this similiar thread Bob:

- LCD TV/DVD running straight off 12 Volt (14.3v) Batteries

Hope that helps. :)

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Follow Up By: farouk - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 21:42

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 21:42
Hi Bob,
I have fitted a 2 pin socket commonly called a 32v socket to plug the TV into, they are a little dearer than the cigarette lighter socket but they are a positive connection not subject to the plug working it's way out, these plugs are also great for powering up a car fridge for the same reason.
Would also suggest you put a inline fuse in the positive wire in case of a short in system.
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Follow Up By: Bobjl - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 21:13

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 21:13
Thanks for advice Andrew & Farouk
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Reply By: Keith Berg - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 12:25

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 12:25
Don't do what I did, which was to wire up the 12v TV connector with the polarity wrong. Blew the arse out of a brand new wide screen TV, requiring new main board at a cost of about 2/3 the replacement cost of the TV. There was no internal fuse or electronic protection in the TV I bought, which was a major brand.
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Follow Up By: Bobjl - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 21:14

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 21:14
Will take extra care and hopefully avoid similar mistake.

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