Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 27-05-2019, 04:57   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Caribbean
Boat: Bavaria 46 (2007)
Posts: 39
LCD TV or Monitor

Hi guys,

Just trying to work out how to get a lcd or monitor on my boat and wanted the experience of you guys out there.

The display unit will be mounted and be used for a mixture of computer work and playing movies. It will be mounted on the nav station with a swivel mount. A tuner isnít necessary, just an HDMI connection.

What would be the best solution? Ideally could wire it directly into 12v system via a DC-DC regulator but also understand an inverter might be needed.

Many thanks for your input!
__________________

lawrence_craig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2019, 05:21   #2
Registered User
 
Davy J's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Tampa Bay
Boat: Gemini 105Mc
Posts: 359
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

Check out some of the smaller Insignia line of TV's at Best Buy. Many of these are actually 12v TV's. You then find the correct 12V adapter and you can run the TV on 12v or 110v.

This is the one we have, it has a DVD player built in, but it looks the model has been discontinued:
https://www.insigniaproducts.com/pdp...20NA16/1053086
__________________

Davy J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2019, 06:32   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 137
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

IF your not looking for a tuner then you LCD TV is just a monitor.. Assuming your not a gamer who needs fast refresh, a LCD TV even if just used for HDMI is a good option as you get multiple HDMI inputs on the TV where the monitor would just give you one.
__________________
Gary
ohgary is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2019, 06:59   #4
Registered User
 
Reefmagnet's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: puɐןsuǝǝnb 'ʎɐʞɔɐɯ
Boat: Nantucket Island 33
Posts: 3,317
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

Any 12VDC monitor should work fine off the 12v house bank. I know my 12vdc telly has never had a problem, other than a couple of pixels dropping out if the voltage drops too low (now fixed with new wiring).


At the nav station, I have a 13" USB powered monitor. It's IPS which has about the widest range of viewing angles, on the subject of which I've found a fairly important specification for a boat monitor that needs to be viewed from multiple positions.
Reefmagnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2019, 09:50   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Langley, WA
Boat: Nordic 44
Posts: 713
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

When I was in Prince Rupert BC a few years ago my computer monitor quit. There were no good computer store options there so I bought an LED LCD TV from Walmart. It works great. Less that $100 Canadian and low power consumption. Has both SVGA and HDMI inputs. I also have a second, larger TV for watching videos that acts as a backup if the computer monitor/TV quits. They are so cheap these days I wouldn't bother with a dedicated monitor.
stormalong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2019, 11:42   #6
Registered User

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Currently cruising the eastern Caribbean
Boat: Lagoon 42, Minx
Posts: 66
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

At least in Grenada, importing a monitor has a distinct import tax advantage. In 2016, monitor duty at 12%, TV at 33%. Some monitors will require a better set of external speakers for movie watching.
singlespeed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2019, 12:05   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: St Louis, MO
Boat: Nordic 44
Posts: 127
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

Google a Supersonic TV. They come with 12 V connections and USB and the connection to use as a monitor. I bought one with a built in DVD. Cheap too. I am mounting mine on an arm over the nav desk so it can swivel out to be seen from the settee.
pitlaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2019, 12:28   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Port Aransas, Texas
Boat: 2019 Seawind 1160 Lite, Previous 2002 Seawind 1000
Posts: 1,268
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

We have a Dell monitor. You have to go thru the owners manuals of their various monitors, and find the ones that have a brick converting 110 colt to 12 volt DC. Then you can either cut the cord, or buy a cord with a cigarette lighter plug on the end (what we did). We use the monitor to watch dvds at night at anchor, and then it gets stowed while sailing.
sailjumanji is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2019, 12:54   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Scotland
Boat: 42ft Moody Ketch
Posts: 177
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

24 inch monitor on swivel arm connected to inverter and desktop computer
via HDMI draws all in 3 Amps or 6 Amps on 12 volt
Use internet for TV or downloads or Netflix also computer used for main Nav
Station and for keeping all documents and manuals and logs etc backed up by small harddrive
tarian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2019, 14:04   #10
Marine Service Provider
 
W32PAMELA's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Wewahitchka, FL
Boat: Westsail 32 - Pamela
Posts: 288
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

I just purchased this Monitor for my boat. I've been running it at home and am happy with it. It uses a 12volt AC/DC brick

I will be using this DCDC converter to supply a stable 12 volts for it and any other electronics that I think might benefit.
__________________
Bob Stewart
W32PAMELA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2019, 15:59   #11
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Boat: Byliner 3258
Posts: 68
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

Check out Majestic TV's they are true 12 Volt. If you check deeper you will find that they set up for the closest station and will adjust automatically as the boat swings.
Hunky Dory is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-05-2019, 04:06   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Caribbean
Boat: Bavaria 46 (2007)
Posts: 39
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

Quote:
Originally Posted by W32PAMELA View Post
I just purchased this Monitor for my boat. I've been running it at home and am happy with it. It uses a 12volt AC/DC brick



I will be using this DCDC converter to supply a stable 12 volts for it and any other electronics that I think might benefit.


Really appreciate the input from everybody

I have gone ahead and purchased a monitor with a 12v->230 volt transformer which Iíll just cut off.

I saw some people recommended some sort of voltage regulator or stabilisation. Could you point me in the right direction? Is it just that Mini Box or are there others? My battery bank is 12V.
lawrence_craig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-05-2019, 05:44   #13
Registered User
 
Reefmagnet's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: puɐןsuǝǝnb 'ʎɐʞɔɐɯ
Boat: Nantucket Island 33
Posts: 3,317
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

Quote:
Originally Posted by lawrence_craig View Post
Really appreciate the input from everybody

I have gone ahead and purchased a monitor with a 12v->230 volt transformer which Iíll just cut off.

I saw some people recommended some sort of voltage regulator or stabilisation. Could you point me in the right direction? Is it just that Mini Box or are there others? My battery bank is 12V.

How much did the TV cost? if cheap, why bother. I doubt unregulated house voltage will worry it too much, even with the charger connected. It certainly hasn't caused any problems with my LG TV that the shop sales guy kept insisting couldn't run directly off a 12 volt battery when I purchased it 6 years ago.
Reefmagnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-05-2019, 05:49   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Caribbean
Boat: Bavaria 46 (2007)
Posts: 39
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reefmagnet View Post
How much did the TV cost? if cheap, why bother. I doubt unregulated house voltage will worry it too much, even with the charger connected. It certainly hasn't caused any problems with my LG TV that the shop sales guy kept insisting couldn't run directly off a 12 volt battery when I purchased it 6 years ago.


Ah fair enough, sounds good, it wasnít too expensive

So I just cut the plug off and wire it to the battery supply? Even though the plug says 19v?
lawrence_craig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-05-2019, 06:55   #15
Registered User

Join Date: May 2014
Boat: Morgan Out Island 41
Posts: 1,008
Images: 2
Re: LCD TV or Monitor

All the suggestions here are good.

1. try to find some thing with a "brick" that allows you to more easily convert to direct DC connections and avoid the losses with DC->AC AC-> DC conversion

2. keep in mind most monitors don't have either speakers OR a remote

3. Most TV's are less expensive than their "monitor" counterparts
__________________

pcmm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
monitor

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LCD Monitor Mounting Options davevancat Marine Electronics 4 25-03-2010 08:39
Searching for a Cheap 12vdc LED-Backlit LCD Monitor TrevC Marine Electronics 9 09-12-2009 08:25
Looking for 15" LCD touch screen monitor geoffgroves Marine Electronics 8 26-01-2007 05:29
LCD TV Powered by DC? svcattales Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 10 27-08-2005 21:03



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:22.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.