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Old 18-05-2011, 20:24   #1
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12 Volt LCD TVs

Hi all,

I'm looking for a 12 volt TV to keep the non sailing kids happy on my boat.
I just had a look at the local shop and they are selling 24 inch LED Grundig TVs which run off 12 volts for $400, made in PRC not Germany of course.
Just wondering if anyone has any comments or experience with these TVs?
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Re: 12 volt LCD TVs

$400 sounds expensive

this is what we pay in Oz and stuff here is expensive

12V TV, TV Caravan, 12 Volt LCD TV - Perfect as a TV for Caravan, Boat or Car - Kogan Technologies

And yes, I have this brand now in big 240volt lcd and find it great, for the price

For the boat I will be looking at LED myself as they seem to use less power
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Re: 12 volt LCD TVs

I bought ( less then $130 ) a 16" wide screen LED (720p) display that uses a 12 V power-brick at 10 WATTS running, and a negligible amount when in power-save mode.

has a tuner (US Digital TV) VGA, HDMI.

I am using it as a head for my navigation system....

the LED TV's really use a lot less power... for me on a boat... (with my nuclear reactor out of commission....) it makes a big difference....

from the same manufacturer they appear to have a 55W 26" model: only $259 and also appears to use a power brick for power...
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Brought a lesser brand...

I brought a lesser brand for about a hundred less than the equivalent Grundig.

The supplied cigarette lighter plug melted in its socket...

I cannot adjust the picture to my satisfaction (colour and height/breadth ratio), and the image at any sort of angle is not good.

On the plus side power consumption and digital reception have not been issues.
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Re: 12 volt LCD TVs

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Just wondering if anyone has any comments or experience with these TVs?
In my limited experience, the content on 12v tvs is just as vacuous as the content on other voltages.
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Re: 12 volt LCD TVs

You might consider getting a 12 to 110 volt inverter then you could just buy a regular 110 volt TV. You'll have a much wider choice of TVs that way.
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Re: 12 volt LCD TVs

Thanks they had smaller cheaper units for under $200 Australian.
This unit is 24 inch and will play from a USB hard drive.
I suppose I'm paying for a name which by the sounds of it probably isn't worth it.
I've seen the Kogan, Cat man do glad you give it your stamp of approval I'll now go and look at them.
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I've seen the Kogan, Cat man do glad you give it your stamp of approval I'll now go and look at them.
24 inch LED for $259 24 TV & 24" LED TV - Full HD 1080p 24 inch LED TV with PVR function - Kogan Technologies

Has usb in, 2 HDMI and built in PVR

I have had no experience with their smaller stuff, but will recommend the quality of what I have used.
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Re: 12 volt LCD TVs

I put a Kogan with built in DVD player (16" I think) ! Have been very happy with it. TV needs a good antenna but the DVD is great. Cheap + reliable.
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Re: 12 volt LCD TVs

How about aerials?
The guy at Whitworths tried to sell me about a grands worth of signal boosters and aerials. I'm sure I don't have to spend that much.
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Re: 12 volt LCD TVs

Who watches TV?
Thats why they made 1 tb portable hard-drives so cheap and put usb and HDMI ports in TV's.
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How about aerials?
The guy at Whitworths tried to sell me about a grands worth of signal boosters and aerials. I'm sure I don't have to spend that much.
Never had much success with aerials. Tried everything from those UFO type jobbies to a wire coat hanger. Useless the lot of them. As for signal boosters I must have about 10 now and all they do is make a fuzzy black& White picture a fuzzy colour one..sigh
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Re: 12 volt LCD TVs

Here in the US many small flat screen TVs are available for under $200. Most of these actually run on 19V DC or so. (It is marked on the back) If it has a wall "brick" that you plug in, and it converts the 120V AC to 19V (or whatever) DC, that's all you need to know.

Then you look on their accessories list first. Next... a laptop computer supply company's catalog/web site for the appropriate "car adapter". The V "in" will be 12V DC with a cigarette lighter plug, then it goes to a small V converter box, and the "wire out" plugs into the TV @ it's correct V. (ofter 19V DC)

There are hundreds of these converter/car adapters available, and you should be able to match the V out and A needed, as well as appropriate power out plug. It will work the same as with the wall brick that came with it.

The above method of powering your TV is TWICE as energy efficient as using an inverter to power the wall brick that came with the TV, IF using the car adapter allows you to keep those power hog inverters turned OFF. They are best reserved for VERY occasional use.

Our digital TV works great with a mast mounted "boosted" UFO antennae, but we have to do a new scan when anchored in a new place.

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BTW... While most programing is crap, there are great science and history related programs available on PBS, (NOVA), and you can take a collection of your own DVD movies of choice.
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Re: 12 volt LCD TVs

Dragon Lady,

Teach those kids how to fish. This way they are entertained and your food bill goes down.
Who watches TV on a sail boat? Don't they have laws against that?
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Re: 12 volt LCD TVs

Absolutely, as a child holidays were spent caravanning in the rain. There would be endless pursuits of was it Col Mustad with the candlestick in the library? to can I afford a hotel on Park Lane? A pack of cards and a card book provided a decade of entertainment as we chased the Queen of Spades. We gambled at poker with matches in an era when children could be trusted with matches and boys carried pen knives.

However, I have two older teens so understand the desire for all things electronic. 15yr dau has never not known the internet so would understand you wanting a tv onboard.



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