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Wagan 2402 200W Smart AC USB Inverter

by Wagan

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  • Powers laptops, mobile appliances and other AC and USB appliances
  • Comes with one USB port and two AC 120 volt outlets
  • Overload protection, short circuit protection and built-in surge protection for car start up and shut down
  • Can operate with the engine turned off
  • Continuous Power: 200W; Peak Surge Power: 500W; DC Input Voltage Range: 10-15V DC
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Technical Details
BrandWagan
Item Weight1.5 pounds
Product Dimensions4 x 2 x 6 inches
Item model number2402
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Manufacturer Part Number2402
  
Additional Information
ASINB000YQT6RS
Best Sellers Rank #94,621 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJune 11, 2007
  
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200 Watt continuous; 500 Watt peak surge power powers: laptop computers , video games console, PDAs, MP3 players. True-rated power: 200 Watt continuous peak surge power: 500 WAC Voltage output: 110 to 5V AC RMSUSB output: 1.0 Ampere optimum efficiency: 90 percent input Voltage range: 10 Volt to 15 Volt DC. No load current draw: 0.15 Ampere. Low battery alarm: 10.5 Volt to 0.5Volt low battery auto shutdown: 9.5 Volt to 0.5 Volt, cooling fan, AC, outlet: dual USB power port, single weight: 12.3 ounces. Dimensions: 4.4 inches by 3.5 inches, 1.6 inches. All power inverters have a modified sine wave waveform, overload protection, input short-circuit protection.


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Customer Reviews

It does run warm, but did not get hot to touch.
Atalk
I was surprised by how small it was, it easily fits into my glove compartment or the center console between the seats, and I drive a small car.
Jon
It powers my laptop with no problem and charges cell phones, etc, through the USB port.
Ted Ferguson

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By J. Faulkner on January 13, 2009
This inverter is compact and does exactly what it is intended to do. The USB slot is a nice feature. I have used it on 8+ hour roadtrips powering cell phones, laptops, DVD players and other items. Never a problem.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Constant Traveller on June 2, 2009
Very nice, I use it in my SUV, then hook my notebook up to it, runs a little hot but not too bad, I also charge my cell phone off it, small, and has an on/off switch with a green power light, I like it.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Karl Miller on September 10, 2009
I don't really see how you could get a better product. I took it cross country MA to CA and back, it worked like a charm always for all my charging needs. The USB is really handy for cell phones leaving two ports open for larger plugs like laptops or cameras.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By bvanevery on September 11, 2010
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I have an Odyssey deep cycle battery in my car. I ran my power hungry Dell desktop replacement laptop off this charger for 2 weeks, no problems. The laptop has a 90W power brick. I also ran the 90W laptop power brick + a 50W external laptop battery charger at the same time. If your car's wiring is protected by a 20A fuse, then 200W continuous is the most you're going to safely pull through your cigar lighter. I picked this unit because it's 200W continuous. Many of the other available "200W" products are just full of marketing slime and don't give 200W continuous, they give 200W peak power for a few minutes and can only handle ~150W continuous. Small annoyances: the user manual claims it has an airplane plug adapter but it doesn't, and the plug is so long that it's not the best fit for my car's cigar lighter. I have to carefully align the flexible springs on the plug to get it to stay in, but if so aligned they do stay in.

Update July 2012. The unit gave me no problems for 2 years. Then I plugged an ungrounded 2-prong Dekcell universal battery charger with a laptop battery attached to it, and the unit fried. I had used that same Dekcell charger with the unit before, but I hadn't done it for 2 years. I don't know what happened. Maybe has to do with the order in which you plug things in. The unit has a perfectly good 20A fuse inside it, that didn't blow. What's the point of a fuse if it won't protect the unit from trouble? Which direction was that fuse supposed to protect from, I wonder?

So, since it died, I can't rate it as more than average. I'm shopping for something else. One thing positive I will say for the Wagan, it's quiet. Lots of units I'm finding in retail stores have noisy fans. I can't stand that and keep returning them.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jay_S on July 9, 2010
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We went through two of the Wagan EL2402s. The first arrived and a piece of solder fell out of one of the vents. May have been extraneous, but better to be safe than sorry, Amazon was great and overnighted a replacement. At best I can only give mixed reviews. The is supposed to be able to handle 200 Watts with a peak of 500 Watts.. Fairly substantial in print. In reality, things like battery chargers, cell phone chargers, etc., all seemed to be fine. Where the problems began were on more "specific" devices. We wanted the device for my wife to run a 35 Watt Chi hair straightener. It would not even turn on. The description says power tools, so I thought I'd given a try to a couple. First a sabre saw, again well under peak and normal wattage to be handled. Nothing, a blip when I pulled the trigger, then nothing. A Dewalt hand drill... well kinda sorta.. If you started out VERY slowly on revolutions and worked your way up, you could get to full speed. I didn't try that under a load, but I assume it would work to a point.

I called Wagan, and they assumed some of the failures cames from the fact that AC devices are used to and built for a sine wave output. The Wagan (and I assume some others) don't produce the exact same sine wave (calling it a modified sine wave). So, your own mileage may vary. Some Notebook AC Chargers may be more sensitive than others, so you probably can't be sure. Again, I don't know that Wattage alone is the delimiting factor. It may that your particular device just won't work.

My advice, read the reviews.. If you have a particular device or devices you are thinking about running, perhaps check with the manufacturers of these different inverters. Remember electronics are pretty sensitive devices when it comes to power. While I may be willing to try a Chi hair straightener, I may not be as comfortable with a notebook.. Best bet there is to see if your manufacturer has a DC supply (Car/Airplane) adapter.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ted Ferguson on June 2, 2011
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Brief summary: seems like a quality product that closely matches its description on amazon. I would recommend.

Long summary: I bought this to take with me on a car camping trip. I've only tested it out a couple times so far but it seems to work just like it's supposed to. When I was shopping it was between this and a similarly priced duracell branded inverter. The Wagan was rated at 200W vs the Duracel's 150W (I think..) so I went for the Wagan figuring if it worked I could run a couple of things at the same time without blowing a fuse or interrupting power. It powers my laptop with no problem and charges cell phones, etc, through the USB port. A nice feature is that it's supposed to shut down if your car battery gets too low. I tested this out by plugging it into an almost drained celestron powertank and then plugging my laptop in; sure enough the inverter shut down. This is convenient because the last thing you want when you're using this thing is for your car battery to die -- presumably you're away from outlets, etc, and a dead car battery would be way more inconvenient than a dead laptop batter or cell phone. Finally, the construction/materials seem like they're decent quality; it feels sturdy not flimsy. The case is made of some sort of actual metal, not plastic (except for the front where the outlets are). Additionally (although I haven't checked this out) the instructions say that you can disconnect the cigarette lighter adapter to plug the inverter in to an airline power outlet. That seems like it would be convenient although truthfully I've never even noticed a power outlet on an airplane. If I find out on my camping trip that the Wagan falls short in any way, I'll update the review...
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