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Black & Decker 200-Watt Inverter VEC1045BD (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • 200-watt inverter converts vehicle 12-volt DC power into 115-volt AC power for the home
  • Protects against high and low voltage and short circuits
  • Automatic shutdown prevents complete battery drain
  • Includes cable set, battery clips, and DC accessory plug
  • Ground fault interrupter circuit

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Imported (China)
  • ASIN: B000EJQIX0
  • Item model number: VEC1045BD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,807 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

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The Black & Decker 200-Watt inverter converts your vehicle's 12-volt DC power into 115 AC power for your house. It comes with protection against high and low voltage shocks and an alarm for when your battery gets low. An automatic shutdown function keeps the battery from draining completely. A turbo cooling fan prevents overheating, and this inverter includes a cable set, battery clips, a DC accessory plug, and a 12-volt DC accessory outlet. It delivers up to 200 watts of continuous power with a maximum surge capacity of 400 watts. Black & Decker backs this inverter with a 2-year warranty.

Important Information

Ingredients
Battery clips, 12 volt DC power cord, Instruction Manual, Warranty Card

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As a good appliance this inverter works very well.
V. Kozlovsky
I've been using it for over 13 months, including some long road trips plugging in laptop, DVD player, phone charger, etc. alternately.
SomeWhereInTime19120627
My first unit would shut down, or the fan would refuse to turn on.
Buckeyefan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Allen White on June 21, 2007
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I needed an inverter to charge my laptop and cell phone in the car on road trips, and this one fit the bill nicely. I have tested it out in the car with my computer plugged in, and it works fine. It powered my computer and supplied plenty of current to charge the battery while I was using it.
This thing is smart. If you try to run it off the 12V accessory outlet in your car without running the engine, the inverter lets out a constant beep telling you that you're going to run down your battery if you continue. According to the manual, this beep could also mean that the voltage dropped below 11.0V. I didn't know which it was in my particular case, but as soon as I started the engine, the squeal stopped and it was happy to charge my computer.
The ground fault interruptor, overpower and underpower warnings, battery drain warnings, auto shut-off, the 12V DC pass-through, and the option to hook the inverter directly to your battery are all very very useful features on a solid product. Well worth the reasonable price you pay!

A word of warning: if you need an inverter, make SURE you look at the amperage needed to power whatever it is you want to plug in! This one supplies 1.74 amps, which is more than enough for most laptops, game consoles, cell phones, and portable TVs, but ALWAYS double check and make sure. If you want to plug in a small fridge, for example, check the power requirements to make sure this thing can supply enough current! You'll save yourself a lot of frustration if you are certain of what you are buying.

I highly recommend this inverter! It's worth every penny, and it feels and performs like a much more expensive unit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DaveS on June 17, 2007
Have had this for over two years and have used it for a number of road trips, powering a laptop to double as a DVD player and a GPS or cell phone using the 12V pass-thru. The 12V pass-thru is especially useful. Outstanding product!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Wu on June 26, 2007
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This black and Decker comes with 2 sets of cables. One to connect to the cigarrette lighter and one to connect directly to the battery.
At first I wanted an Inverter without cables but found out that the maximum wattage for the DC lighter connector is 80 watts, so without direct battery cables it would limit the applications of this Inverter.
Also when connected to the cigarrette lighter outlet with cables it can accomodate the Inverter better instead of hanging it in the air.
It comes with one 115 volts 3 prong outlet and one 12 volts DC outlet.
The cooling fan sound is not noticeable.
Overall, it has a nice design, I got it for a very good price at Amazon and the shipping time was amasingly fast.
So far, I tried it with a notebook, a cooling fan and a battery charger, they all worked great.
Very happy with this purchase.
Highly recommend this product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Corra on August 13, 2007
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I have used this inverter several times already, and it has worked very well and runs very quietly. I will be using this on many trips in the future. It should be sufficient for things like a laptop, small refrigerator, portable DVD player, etc. A few notes though:

1. Even though it says that it is a 200 Watt power inverter, according to its manual you will need to connect it directly to the vehicle battery to get anything over 80 Watts out of it (although I believe this is a function of the vehicle wiring and should be true of any power inverter).

2. The cable going to the cigarette lighter seems to be on the short side, but it was still long enough for me to put the inverter on the floor.

3. It produces a modified sine wave, not a true sine wave, so it may not be ideal for very sensitive electronic equipment.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By V. Kozlovsky on May 4, 2007
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As a good appliance this inverter works very well. It suits my needs perfectly because it has both a 110V outlet and a 12V pass-thru.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Kobak on August 2, 2007
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I purchased this inverter so my son can run his laptop (90W) in the car. This unit intermittently beeps even though the voltage in my car is running at 12V. My son gives the unit a rap and it stops beeping. I can not recommend anyone purchase this unit. It is obviously poorly designed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Cochran on July 20, 2007
You can't ask for much better for only $18. I probably would have paid $30-$40 for this. It is 200 watt and I tried to fire up a 180 watt TV. It got power but not enough to operate. Ohwell, it runs a playstation and an LCD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeRoy VanHee on November 19, 2007
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Good for what it is, a 'modified sinewave' inverter (actually it's a modified squarewave inverter). That's typical of inexpensive inverters. It's not a pure sinewave inverter so it may cause interference with TVs or similar devices. I use it to keep my laptop's battery charged. That's an ideal application for it because the laptop's battery filters the power.

It has a 12v lighter socket which is good if you use the only one you have to plug this inverter into your car. You may need the second socket to keep your cellphone battery charged.

Most 12v sockets in cars are fused at 15 amps. That's 180 watts, so 200 watts of inverter output (plus power consumed by the inverter) will exceed the power available from your socket. I had my 12v socket rewired to 20 amps for another device, so I have 240 watts available from my 12v socket. In addition, my original 12v socket power went thru the ignition switch (wouldn't work with the key off). My rewiring also by-passed the ignition switch so it works when the key is off.
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