Vehicle inverter advice

intrepid27

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Our new SUV does not have a 110 plug in and I'm looking to buy an inverter. Looking for advice and recommendations.

Heaviest use will be keeping a crock pot warm for tailgating etc. Our crock pot says 250 W but I have a hard time believing it does not pull more than that. In reading reviews is seem you need something way oversized to be reliable. I was looking at something in the 400-500W range. Thoughts or advice?
 

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cygrads

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Our new SUV does not have a 110 plug in and I'm looking to buy an inverter. Looking for advice and recommendations.

Heaviest use will be keeping a crock pot warm for tailgating etc. Our crock pot says 250 W but I have a hard time believing it does not pull more than that. In reading reviews is seem you need something way oversized to be reliable. I was looking at something in the 400-500W range. Thoughts or advice?
Whatever you buy just get something way bigger than you think you need - you'll be surprised how many uses you will find for it.
 
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benman82

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If you're just going to plug it into the cigarette lighter don't bother with anything more than ~250 watts because the maximum a cigarette lighter will output is about 170 watts and it's not recommended to go above ~110 watts for most vehicles.

Grab a kill-o-watt meter to check what load you actually use. There's a big difference between the peak load that something can handle for a short burst (usually when something gets turned on) and the sustained load.

I got a Go Wise 1500w pure sine inverter for my Prius and luckily the 12v battery is in the trunk so I hard wired it to the battery. To get more than 110 watts you really need to hard wire it into the 12v terminals or look at something like a "solar generator" which is a wall/solar/car chargeable battery with the inverter built in. Unfortunately you need total overkill to heat something for several hours off a battery.
 

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Something battery operated like this says it puts out 300watts:
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CyCloned

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I agree with everyone saying get something bigger than you think. I have a 450 watt unit that was good for keeping a laptop charged and a few other things. Have not used it in years, but I'm sure it would still work. If it is something you are going to be using a lot you should have a dedicated connection that you can plug in instead of the power point. Also, be careful not to run your battery all the way down, or bring jumper cables or a charging pack.
 

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Love it. It’s standard cab so I have the 8 foot box of course. It’s torquey as hell starting out from a stop, but I got used to it after a while.
 

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