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Black & Decker PI400AB Inverter


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  • Max continuous power is 400 watts
  • Powers up to 3.48 amperes
  • Powers a variety of small electronics using 12 volts DC power cable
  • Powers larger electronics when directly connected to the battery
  • Output voltage is 115 volts
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandBlack & Decker
Item Weight2 pounds
Product Dimensions9.5 x 8.7 x 2.7 inches
Item model numberPI400AB
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Manufacturer Part NumberPI400AB
Voltage12 volts
  
Additional Information
ASINB000WSF1ZY
Best Sellers Rank #94,945 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 1, 2007
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Power Inverters converts your vehicle's DC power to 115 volts AC household power. This is ideal for use with laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, and MP3 devices. Low battery shutdown prevents total battery drain. 800 watts surge capacity and 400 watts maximum continuous power.

From the Manufacturer

Access instant AC household power in your car, truck, boat, SUV or RV with the Black & Decker 400 watt Power Inverter. Designed for life on the go and engineered for safety, durability and reliability, Black & Decker Power Inverters features dual AC outlet with USB port to convert your vehicles 12-volt DC power to mobile 11-volt AC household power. The Power Inverter provides 400 watts of power to charge and power personal and mobile office equipment as well as tools, household appliances, lighting and more. Directly connect to battery or plug into vehicle's DC accessory outlet and access instant 115-volt AC power on the road.

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Customer Reviews

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I tried cell phone charger (nokia, iphone), notebook power supplies (Apple, Dell, Lenovo) and just simple luminiscent light.
ancie
At first I thought that just replacing the fuses would fix the unit.
RichC

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tom and Marie Brandt on January 17, 2009
I owned the Black and Decker PI400AB 400 watt model for about 10 days and had enough. The soft touch switch never allowed the unit to turn on with anything plugged in (even if turned off with no load), so I had to unplug everything and restart, replug and then pray to the gods of mobile power that the "smart" switch would allow the unit to send power to my laptop. ugggh! Then even if it was deemed acceptable by the unit to send power to the small load I asking of it, usually just one Dell XPS1330 laptop which draws a whopping 60 watts on startup and 40 watts during runtime, the fan that cools this ridiculous unit was slightly louder than the USAir turboprop shuttle airplane that I am sitting on right now writing this review. Seriously though, the fan was louder than my vehicle fan on high defrost and never turned off even if there was the slightest load of power called for. My family literally begged me to turn the thing off and therefore end the movie they were watching on DVD because the noise was unbearable. Of course, the overambitious fan is probably a safeguard to prevent the unit from melting it's cheap plastic case into an unidentifiable plastic briquette. No need to use aluminum like Cobra and Vector do, to name a few when plastic works just fine...uggggh (again). BTW, the Cobra CPI 450 is aluminum, quieter and less expensive than the B&D and is a far, far better unit than this piece of junk. Also I have owned smaller 175W Vectors with aluminum cases which were also good, but don't know about their current models. All I'm saying is do yourself a favor and avoid this unit, there are far better options out there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doug Deep on September 3, 2010
I can get this inverter to work in my cigarette lighter, just don't plug it in and turn it on without something (laptop,etc) hooked into the AC outlet and powered on.

When this inverter turns on, unloaded, it draws a huge spike in current and will blow the fuse to your cigarette lighter immediately. Not fun when your radio runs on the same fuse!

I'm not happy at all with this product, but I bought it ages ago at a Lowe's and can no longer return it. Two stars because with proper technique it has purpose.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jay on May 20, 2008
This inverter powered my MacBook Pro which draws 85 watts using the power plug in a box truck I rented. The plug tag and inverter label read up to 80 watts while the manual states up to 100 watts for the plug. The heavier gauge alligator clip cables are for higher wattage applications or you may blow your power port fuse. The alligator clips connect directly to the battery. If you permanently hardwire the inverter buy 6 gauge wire with a 50 amp fuse up to 6 feet long or 4 gauge wire over 6 feet. Both included cables are 3 feet (91 cm) long. Remember, Volts x Amps = Watts. The inverter draws 512 watts when output is 400 watts according to the label. Output is a stepped modified sine wave and NOT sinusoidal.

When the inverter fan comes on it is noticeable like a radio between stations at moderate volume (took me some miles before figuring it was the inverter). The housing stayed cool at 85 watts.

When Black & Decker fixes their dead links the manual may be available at [..] (search for PI400AB). Lowes and Home Depot were [..]for this inverter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RichC on September 5, 2010
I have worked with inverters for many years. I never imagined I would be as disappointed in an inverter as I have been disappointed in the Black and Decker PI400AB. Ordinarily I take precautions to avoid reversing the DC polarity on the inverter. Unfortunately I was in a hurry one dark evening to power up the inverter and I accidentally switched the plus and minus supply wires for just a fraction of a second. The inverter had no load on it at the time, but the reversal was enough to fry the unit. At first I thought that just replacing the fuses would fix the unit. However, the fuses are heavily soldered in and nearly inaccessible. Also I picked up an odor of a burned component, so obviously the fuses did not protect anything. What a terrible design for an inverter!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Ubiquity on December 23, 2011
I was hoping to plug a laptop and a wireless hotspot. No luck, the laptop has never worked, always resulting in an error light when plugged in. Also does not autostart when the car turns on, so you have to remember to press the power button every time. Blah.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Caputo on December 20, 2008
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We bought this Inverter for a road trip from New York to Florida to power our laptop, cell phones, and nintendo DS. I read all the other reviews and they were very helpful. It wasn't as loud as some people said. There was a slight noise from the fan but no louder than the heat coming out the vents of your car set on low. I didn't even notice it really. It worked great and the kids were able to watch movies over and over without the laptop or the charging device getting too hot. I would recommend this product. It worked great for us. Just make sure you check the watts on what you want to power so you know it will be compatible with this inverter.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. J. on October 3, 2009
I bought this inverter to replace my vector 175w inverter that died after 10 years of intermittent use. When I found out that Black& Decker had taken over the vector line I was a little worried but the B&D seems to work as well or better than the Vector. I use this inverter on a marine deep cycle battery to power a small DVD player in my popup camper and to recharge my zune mp3 player while on the road. The fact that the cooling fan cycles with demand saves alot of 12v battery power.
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