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|
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Top Customer Reviews
This device is perfect for road trips. It handled my laptop and cell phone charger at the same time, and the USB port let me charge my iPod too. The plug fit just fine, and the low-power alarm is quite effective.
The only bummer is when you have a real cup of coffee and no where to put it...
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.
When I put it into my cup holder, the light ended up turning red, meaning it was turning itself off.
UPDATE: recently when my iPhone was nearly dead, the USB port on this device appeared to not be able to charge it. After 30 minutes of charging, I still had the iPhone displaying a red "depleted battery" graphic. The graphic normally goes away within 10 minutes of initiating charging. Subsequent tests using the Apple iPhone 3G AC adapter in the inverter's 110V outlet, then the USB iPhone cable in the AC adapter, exhibited no problems. Either the 500mA provided via USB is not enough, or the iphone is picky about its USB power source. There is some info on the web suggesting the iPhone is just picky. Google "iPhone reference voltage"
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Garbage... didn't last 3 months. Not worth sending back or arguing the point. Another quality product from China.Published 21 months ago by tech guy
The charge the PowerCup exerts is pretty good. I have not ran into any issues with it overheating or it causing car battery problems.Published on May 25, 2014 by Paul
This was on my 16-year old nephew's Christmas list, and you should have seen the smile on his face when he opened! Great gift, and a great price!Published on January 13, 2014 by Diane Slosser
This thing works just fine and catches most people's eye. "That's so cool" is what I get mostly. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by JBourg
It works great!
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.
worked for almost a year and then it blew my cars fuses and not i will not plug it into anything elsePublished on December 3, 2013 by spencer