Powerline By Original Power 0900-66 200-Watt Coffee Cup Inverter with USB Charging Port and Two Outlets
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- Convenient and attractive coffee cup inverter with 2 AC outlets and 1 USB charging port via 200/400-Watt inverter
- Powers TV's, DVD players, game consoles, electronic instruments and more
- Provides 200-Watt continuous and 400-Watt peak power via 120-Volt AC outlet
- Unique coffee cup shape conveniently fits today's auto/boat/truck cup holders
- USB charging port provides 500mA of power
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|Manufacturer Part Number||090066|
|Package Height||3.9 x 4 x 7.3 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
200w Coffee Cup Inverter with USB charge port provides 3 power outlets for your vehicle: Two 120v AC outlets and 1 USB charging port. The unique cup design fits standard auto cup holders. Powers TV's as large as 27", laptops, portable printers, iPods, SmartPhones and much more..from your vehicle.
From the Manufacturer
Power Line 0900-66 200-Watt coffee cup inverter with USB charging port. Provides 200-Watt continuous and 400-Watt peak power via two 120 colt AC outlet and USB ports. Unique coffee cup shape conveniently fits today's auto/boat/truck cup holders. Ideal for the road warrior powers laptops and other mobile devices while also charging your USB powered devices. USB charging cables not included.
Top Customer Reviews
I went with this product based on the cup shape, and combined it with an extension cord so I could use a back cupholder and keep mine free for...well, cups. I thought this would be perfect.
Well, it did a great job, but not in the way I expected. First, it seemed to actually do better, as others have touched on, if the inverter was not in a cup. I set it behind my seat and it still worked perfectly and even stayed much cooler than it did in the 15 minutes I put in the cupholder, though I blame a humid day and high noon sunshine more for that than a product failure. It never died, only struggling in the first few minutes the car was turned on while it distributed and settled it's power where it had to go.
Meanwhile, the product kept not only the computer on a full charge, but an iPod and a couple of accessories (digital camera and iPhone) plugged into the laptop via USB to charge. Everything ran smoothly and although there were some power rundowns here and there, once the product was being used at highway speeds, it kept distributing the power and purring on. I used this for twenty hours in four days and enjoyed using it, although the cup fan issue is still vexing to me a bit. I'm guessing a 2.0 product would better address this in the future.
Definitely buy this if you have a car trip and you need multiple outlets. This may not be an everyday product, but for using power on laptops, cell phones, small radios and other items, you can keep everything charged and humming with this.
EDIT on April 25, 2010 - I am taking the yearly trip anew this year in a few days, but I'm now thinking the fan issue mentioned above might have to do with the issue of the car battery; we had the factory original Motorcraft battery in a 2003 Mercury Sable that ran reliably for seven years under my mother's ownership and that of the original lessee, and it was only this month that it gave up the ghost and died. I'm have a feeling that the charge using the cup last year was too weak and will be testing it with the new car battery this time. I will have a review addendum judging the performance of the unit and battery after this trip and see if the fan issue was the result of a low charged battery rather than an issue with the product itself.
EDIT on May 14, 2010 - Well, it's been a week since the trip ended, and I can say without a doubt that the problem from last time that I thought involved the old battery did turn out to be true. The product kept a steady charge throughout the entire trip (20 hours of traveling this time) and was able to stay in the cupholder without struggling, except for a small period of time where I had it plugged into a strip featuring multiple 12 volt outets, which was to be expected. So I definitely recommend this product, but I also would advise that if you plan to use this that it wouldn't be a bad idea to check the battery before putting it into normal use.
The concept is great, having a place to put the inverter that is convenient and doesn't dangle or shift around, yet also isn't a big device that has to plug right into the accessory outlet (which isn't always placed to facilitate a device like this, and also precludes being able to simultaneously use the outlet to power anything else.) And enough people have left good reviews that I assume they're not all so prone to quick failure. Nevertheless, I will not buy another PowerLine. I previously had the PowerLine 0900-36A which also failed (though I did get more than 20 minutes out of it). So I just don't consider them reliable, and I don't know how long other reviewers have had their units.
Luckily, there are numerous other cup-holder-sized inverters to choose from, just do an amazon search for "inverter cup"
UPDATE: I purchased the Black & Decker PI100CB. It only has one outlet instead of two, but at least so far, it's working perfectly. It is possible that the Powerline failed quickly because of a design flaw other reviewers have noticed... the Powerline needs air around the fan toward the bottom of the unit and that air flow will generally get blocked once the device is actually placed in a cup holder, possibly leading to overheating and failure. The Black and Decker has a clever design which solves this problem. It comes with a rubber insert that goes in your cup holder, and the device in turn goes into the rubber insert. The smart thing is that the rubber insert itself is designed to make sure air flow to the device's fan is not blocked.
First of all, it works. My gadgets (& I have a few) work fine & charge just as well as if I had plugged them up at home. The AC outlets are handy, very handy. But it cannot be understated how wonderful it is to have that USB port on the inverter. It is much preferred to whipping out a normally large & bulky AC adapter for your phone. I wish the device had another USB port.
I hardly ever listen to my CD player or radio when my Archos 605 & Blackberry carry so much music & video on them. Not too mention that if my wife wants to use her netbook (while not driving) &/or keep the phone charged everything can be handled with minimal mess. That might be my only gripe about the device. Depending how much you're using with the device it can get pretty messy around the cup holder with all those cords. But that's something that can't be helped if you're using multiple devices. Plus you lose one of those valuable drink slots, but you're the driver. Just tell the passenger to hold their own drink.
Overall, this is a wonderful, useful device that I would recommend to anyone who has items they need to keep charged away from home. DON'T BUY A SEPARATE CAR CHARGER FOR YOUR DEVICES. Just buy this one item and save yourself a lot of money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its very practical and useful to have the power outlet in the car as well having an extra USB port. Also, It fits perfectly well in the cup holder of my car.