|Item Weight||7.7 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||11.8 x 9 x 4.8 inches|
|Item model number||VEC049DCB|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Manufacturer Part Number||VEC049DCB|
|National Stock Number||6130-01-609-5901|
BLACK+DECKER VEC049DCB Inverter
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Power Inverters converts your vehicle's DC power to 120 volts AC household power. This is ideal for use with laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, and MP3 devices. Includes soft start technology which prevents start-up surge for increased applicance/tool efficiency. 2000 watts surge capacity and 1000 watts maximum continuous power.
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Black & Decker VEC049D (1000 Watt continuous power/2000 Watt peak) converts your vehicle's 12 Volt DC power to 120 Volt AC household power. Features of the VEC049D include: MAXXsst Soft Start Technology; short circuit protection and fault interrupter shock protection; automatic reset; turbo cooling; noise filter technology; two grounded 120 volt AC household outlets; high surge capability; powerful internal high-speed cooling fan; high and low voltage protection; overload protection; low battery alarm and low battery shutdown; remote control connection sold separately; power "on" and fault LED indicators; wattage output power level meter.
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I love this thing. If you have a car (which I assume you have) and have occasional power outages, this is the thing to have. They should just bundle these with every Prius sold ;-)
I have used this on a mobile video set in a field, running two 450 watt Aries Video lights.(make sure your vehicle is running, or your battery will die very quickly) I made a portable lighting solution with a single Arie 250w light and this unit strapped to the side of a car battery (45m-hour of life)
I have also had an Xbox Rock Band Party in the parking lot at my college, running an Xbox and TV off of the bed of my truck! (lasts about 40 minutes on a full car battery without starting the vehicle)
On a final note, you can run this unit off of your car's cigarette lighter for portability, HOWEVER do not exceed 300-400 watts on the meter or you will burn out your car's fuse, or worse. (Optimally, Wire this unit like you would a big car stereo Amp, directly from the battery to use its full potential.)
- Inverter has a solid on/off rocker switch--much nicer then the push-and-hold buttons on other inverters
- It has an LED bar graph to show power used, so you can judge if you're close to overloading
- It comes with a set of cords that will attach to threaded studs found on many deep cycle / marine batteries, and comes with an extra set of the ends that fit into the inverter itself just in case you want to make your own cables
- The 110V plugs feel SOLID, this is a weak spot on other inverters I've used. I have confidence plugging into this one that I won't twist or break something inside the device
- Being that it is a modified square wave inverter (as opposed to true sine wave) you will get "buzzing" with certain appliances. My LCD TV power supply will buzz running off this device
- The fan, it's a good/bad thing, but I'll list it as bad... the fan can get loud so if you're using this in a quiet space (like a living room) that noise will tend to dominate (particularly when using it during a power outage where there are no other noises).
I bought a 115Ah marine battery and box from Wally World (like the other poster). My plan was to use it during Irene as a stop gap between power outage and having to bust out my generator. I have a sump pump which is critical to operate to keep my basement from flooding during heavy rain. I figure that this inverter + the marine battery would run the pump continuously (550W while running) for about 30 minutes or so. Since the pump runs only about 30 seconds out of every 5 minutes during heavy rain, I am hoping that it will last me several hours--enough time to either get power back, or bite the bullet and start the generator. In a pinch I could also rig it up to my vehicle battery for much longer term operation.