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eForCity DOTHDCACAD01 Universal DC to AC Outlet Converter Adapter [US Plug] (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

2.0 out of 5 stars 184 customer reviews

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  • Converting DC power outlet into an AC power outlet (with DC power) for some small electronic appliances. Just plug this inverter in to any 12 Volt DC power outlet, like those found in a car, RV or boat, converts it to a regular DC wall plug
  • An intelligent sensor checks with the output/input compatibility with your electronic device. When the LED lights up, that means the converter can power the device. If the LED light does not illuminate, disconnect the electronic device from the converter.
  • Input: DC 12V / 500mA. Output: DC 100V-240V. Max Output Power: 5W
  • Compatible with: Small electronic Appliance: Cell phone chargers, MP3 chargers, PDA chargers, GPS chargers, Mini Speakers, Bluetooth chargers, Digital Photo frames, Camera chargers, map lights, etc.
  • NOTE: Not for large electronics like Laptop computers, , DVD players, Printers, etc.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: eForCity
  • Model Number: DOTHDCACAD01

Product Description

Converting DC power outlet into an AC power outlet (with DC power) for some small electronic appliances. Just plug this inverter in to any 12 Volt DC power outlet, like those found in a car, RV or boat, converts it to a regular DC wall plug. An intelligent sensor checks with the output/input compatibility with your electronic device. When the LED lights up, that means the converter can power the device. If the LED light does not illuminate, disconnect the electronic device from the converter. Input: DC 12V / 500mA. Output: DC 100V-240V. Max Output Power: 5W. Compatible with: Small electronic Appliance: Cell phone chargers, MP3 chargers, PDA chargers, GPS chargers, Mini Speakers, Bluetooth chargers, Digital Photo frames, Camera chargers, map lights, etc. NOTE: Not for large electronics like Laptop computers, DVD players, Printers, etc

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6 x 1 x 1 inches
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces
Manufacturer EForcity
ASIN B000E8V9O4
Item model number DOTHDCACAD01
Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars 184 customer reviews

2.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #521 in Patio, Lawn & Garden > Generators & Portable Power > Power Inverters
#1,735 in Automotive > Tools & Equipment > Jump Starters, Battery Chargers & Portable Power
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com May 10, 2004

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By Wiseguy945 on September 15, 2007
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Sorry for those like me who think this will be a solution to car charger for every item, it's not. As the other reviews state, it is limited to 5watts, and admits it will not work with many IPODS. Well, I have my Gigabeat, and it won't work for it either. The guy that used it for his laptop must be the luckiest man alive, because I don't think this thing could light penlight. Save the money, get something better. To good to be true. Red light comes on, nobody is home
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You read that right, this is pretty much a completely useless item. I should have read better. My fault but trying to keep you from making the same mistake! Money better spent elsewhere. Not good for just about anything except maybe a cell phone? (and not even sure there) If it was not so cheap I would return it.
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I plugged this adapter into my car. The red light came on implying it had current. But, when I plugged in my portable tape recorder, it did not work. It also did not work for my cell phone AC charger.
Another caution: I could not fit it in the outlet in my dash because it was too wide. Fortunately, I have a 2nd DC outlet. It fit there but as I said, it did not work. It was so inexpensive I did not bother returning the product.
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I missed this limitation in the Product Description. It was not in the Tech Spects or Product Details and the only review stated it worked for a laptop and a nintendo. This will work, maybe, for a cell phone.
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My biggest complaint is that the unit is so large, it leaves very little space for my plug given the placement of the outlet in my vehicle. I think part of that is my car manufacturer but it would be nice if it had some kind of pivot so it would fit in different situations. It also has a USB outlet which isn't shown in this picture. I was kind of stoked when I first opened it but found that it doesn't work anyway so... I can see why they removed it from the product image. It doesn't charge my iPod or my phone very quickly and I have an hour-long commute so if it was going to, it would. It has helped keep my stuff from totally dying on several occasions and for that I am very happy. Pleased with the purchase, just a few things I would change in order to make it perfect for my needs.
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This Eforcity Universal DC to AC Car Adapter [US Plug]
Eforcity Universal DC to AC Car Adapter [US Plug]
product has somewhat misleadign technical description.

The product name "Universal DC to AC Car Adapter" would indicate that the output of this device would be standard USA mains AC (or pretty close to it) that would work with different small appliances.

The truth is that the output from this device is not AC power at all!
This device outputs DC instead of AC. So term "Universal DC to AC Car Adapter" is pretty misleading. The product itself even lists that the output is 110-220V DC. And I have verified with multimeter that the output is really around 150V DC when no load is connected, not AC.

This kind of DC output would possibly work with some (maybe not all) low power switch mode power supply based chargers etc.. But this device will NOT work with any charger or other equipment that uses a traditional mains transformer in their power supply.

Other things missing on the equipment and specifications is that there is no information what is the power rating of this device, so you don't know how big load can be connected to this device safely without overloading it.

So the description "Universal DC to AC Car Adapter" is misleading.
This device is a low power car DC to DC converter that generates DC that might work with some normally mains powered equipment, but but will for sure fail on most equipment! (maybe even damage equipment).

The only good this on this converter is that it is very cheap (6.95). Considerable cheaper than any other similar looking device.
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So I bought it this after wanting to charge my portable car starter/jumper. It takes like 3 weeks to arrive and then when I got it, it did not work at all. I tried numerous cords and plugs but it is somehow defective. Please avoid buying this and find something with good reviews! Thanks for reading. Godbless
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I bought this thing so I could play CDs in my car while driving. I never did get it to work. I don't know if it was because of the items I was trying to plug into the adaptor, or if it was defective. But it wasn't very expensive. This may be one of the cases where you get what you pay for.
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