Xantrex Technologies 851-0178 XPower 175-Watt Micro Inverter
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- 175-watt inverter for converting DC to AC power
- Power electronic gear and appliances while on the road
- Conveniently plugs into car cigarette lighter
- Auto-shutdown protects against overcharge, overheating
- 1-Year limited warranty
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|Item Dimensions||2 x 3 x 5 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||XPOWER-175MP|
|Shipping Weight||0.4 pounds|
Even when you're on the road, you can still be on the job. This handy micro power inverter converts 12V DC battery power to 120V AC household electrical power for operation of mobile office equipment and household appliances from a car, truck, boat, SUV or RV. Featuring solid-state control circuits that provide 175 watts of maximum power (350 watts surge power), the inverter works with digital cameras, laptops, camcorders, cell phones, video games, portable work lights, stereo systems and 13" TV/VCR combos. Other features: 3-prong AC outlet; LED; and auto shutdown for overload, short-circuit, overheating and low vehicle battery. Imported.
The Xantrex Technologies XPower Micro 175-watt inverter transforms your vehicle's electricity so you can power your electronic devices while on the road. Compact and lightweight, it simply plugs into the 12-volt DC outlet in your vehicle to power cell phones, camcorders, small portable stereos, laptop computers, 13-inch TVs, portable work lights, and more. It includes an automatic shutdown feature to protect against overload, over-heating, and high/low battery condition. This durable plastic unit is just 1.9-by-2.9-by-4.8 inches in size and weighs 0.38 pounds. It is covered by a 1-year warranty.
Top customer reviews
Pros: It does this well and seems to charge the phone faster than the Verizon lighter charger, which it should. Its cheaply priced and compact. If fits snugly.
Cons: Like everyone said it does make a noise that is quite loud. Actually there are 2 noises, a constant one that is like a background white noise, which I took this to be the fan. This wasnt annoying to me and I am easily annoyed by one off noises that persist. The other noise was much more annoying and not something I would want all the time but it only does it under 20 mph so seems to be related to the amount of juice from the alternator. It sounds like a loud vibration but the unit wasnt touching anything else. The sound goes away on the highway and the fan isnt really heard over the radio.
Bottomline for the price and since I use it in emergencies and tight spots its well worth it to have it onhand and fits in the center console.
What is good for this inverter
1. small size
2. a good fit in cig lighter that provides AC feed without interruption at bumpy ride
What is bad for it
1. relatively tall, so it can't fit in some cig lighter when not enough vertical clearance
2. noisy, because it has fan, so it can be a problem for listening music not so loud
3. no on/off switch so it needs be unplugged if a car doesn't support of automatic switch off of cig lighter
4. fan moving parts make me think that it can break
Overall it's a good device and I'm mostly satisfied with it.
The unit is a little bulky, so if you have a tight space to plug it into, you may have a problem. This was not the case for us, though.