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Power Inverters
Tommy Metthe, Photographer
Abilene | TX | | Posted: 8:07 PM on 12.16.12
->> So, after 10+ years my trusty Tripp Lite power inverter has finally kicked the bucket burning out last week (I guess I got my $50 worth out of it).

I'm trying to decide if there is something newer or better out there or if I should just replace it with the same one. I'm leaning towards replacement since the last one went more than 10 years.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Efong Chiu, Photographer
La Habra | CA | USA | Posted: 10:24 AM on 12.17.12
->> What do you use it for?
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 12:17 PM on 12.17.12
->> Tommy, I think Efong asks the correct question. A lot has changed over the last 10 years and power inverters weren't perfect for a lot of things back then.

So, what specific applications will it be used for and what brands are we talking about using it with? As a search on this website will document, using a inverter with the wrong brand is a easy way to ruin the product.
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 1:54 PM on 12.17.12
->> I've been using this Go Power inverter for several years with no issues. I've charged laptops, Canon batteries, phones, etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Go-Power-GP-SW150-12-150-Watt-Inverter/dp/B00153EYX0/...

http://gpelectric.com/products/150-watt-pure-sine-wave-inverter
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Tommy Metthe, Photographer
Abilene | TX | | Posted: 4:07 PM on 12.17.12
->> I use it for pretty much everything, charging my macbook, camera batteries, phones mostly. My last one I even used to power a hot plate while camping when I ran out of fuel.

But mostly it's going to be for my laptop or phone.

The Tripp Lite came highly recommended when I got it last time, but yeah, I realize things have changed over the last 10 years, that's why I'm looking for advice/recommendations before buying a replacement.

My biggest question, I guess, is do I need a pure sine wave inverter? What is the big difference between those and the cheaper portable inverters?
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 9:31 PM on 12.17.12
->> Kevin, I know to run lights you need a pure sine wave converter. But to charge a laptop or any other electronics is it important to use a pure sine converter?
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Matt Kartozian, Photographer
Scottsdale | AZ | USA | Posted: 2:56 AM on 12.18.12
->> I use one of these, works great. I use a 6 way on it have powered multiple laptops, battery chargers and more all at the same time. Picked it up at a Loves truck stop for about $60

http://www.amazon.com/PowerDrive-RPPD1000-1000-Watt-Inverter-Outlet/dp/B002...+inverter
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