I have both a smaller 12v DC tv and a larger 120v AC. Both work very well. The 12v is a 19" actually purchased in a CVS drug store 1-3 years back on sale
for abt $80. It actually is a 120v AC but when I peeked inside it has a 120v to 12v DC 'wall-wart' X former and I just cut the 12v cord off at the X former giving me a 5' or so cord with the need male plug
on its end. Many of the 19"-21" TVs come with wall warts like this and great for us Boater's. I measured current
while the tv was operating w/ volume all the way up and soldered in an inline fuse of 1.5 X that current
. Works great and figured even if marine
conditions eventually cause and issue... can't go too far wrong at $80!
The bigger tv is 37" and no wall wart... so as others have offered... just picked up a small DC inverter that powers the TV (and can also can power a drill, soldering gun, 120v project
fan,... ). That arrangement has been on the boat for 3 years and no issues.
Bigger (32+") 12v DC TVs tend to get very pricey. You'll have a much wider selection/ lower cost going with a 120v AC TV and using inverter. Plus you get the added benefit of being able to power/ recharge small things that run only on 120v.
Responding to other topics regarding my experience on another larger cruising sailboat I often add that having an inverter + microwave oven
is one of the best upgrades we've ever done. If you are going to go the inverter route
for your TV and have the galley
room, I strongly suggest that you consider getting a 1000-2000 watt inverter which only cost $350 these days and a small microwave. Prefer low end w/o digital clock that needs to be set before you can cook anything. Walmart has them for about $70. Its so easy to warm soup, heat pre made meals
, make/ reheat tea/coffee with microwave. And no noise
of loud generator/ issues of propane
. While you clear move up the cost curve with a larger inverter (bigger wire gauge, and ABYC recommended heavy fuse & switch) I believe it well worth the added convenience of cruising/ Liveaboard
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