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Old 28-01-2014, 20:40   #31
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I rock a 33" LED in the aft cabin and a 21" LED in the forepeak for the kids. They barely register when they are both on. You are right about built in DVD players though. Nobody wants to bulk up their wafer thin flat screen like that anymore. I prefer a separate Blu Ray player in any case, as they have so many added functions these days.

If you do a little looking on the forum, this is yet another topic which has been much discussed in the past. I haven't found any if the units I've used to be picky about exact voltage, anything in the ballpark seems to work great, no problems with picture or longevity. But in the past some on the forum have used a 99c voltage regulator from radio shack which keeps the voltage exactly what it should be through high voltage periods like charging. It's all been discussed before.

Yeah and a few years ago almost every small TV had a wall wort. Today they are mostly 110V direct to the back of the set. The RCA DECK22DR can be bought any where from WalMart to Best Buy but the price has gone up since I grabbed ours. Best Buy has them for 199.00 currently...

I was just looking again last November for a customer and nothing available at Target, Sam's Club, Wal*Mart etc. ran on 12V... It was much easier to grab one online that runs off 12V.. He too wanted TV/DVD but only 18" and I think that one I found on Amazon Prime for $139.00..

Our Polaroid ran off 12V, and came from a Target, but was discontinued...

The truth is I wish I had never bought the TV because a year later we found the iPad was all we needed. Our daughter uses that far more than the TV..
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Old 28-01-2014, 20:40   #32
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Try LED TVs, LCD TV Deals from the LED TV Specialists. Best value LED TV discounts in Australia from Kogan not sure if they ship to the us but ours is a great tv
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Yeah and a few years ago almost every small TV had a wall wort. Today they are mostly 110V direct to the back of the set. The RCA DECK22DR can be bought any where from WalMart to Best Buy but the price has gone up since I grabbed ours. Best Buy has them for 199.00 currently...

I was just looking again last November for a customer and nothing available at Target, Sam's Club, Wal*Mart etc. ran on 12V... It was much easier to grab one online that runs off 12V.. He too wanted TV/DVD but only 18" and I think that one I found on Amazon Prime for $139.00..

Our Polaroid ran off 12V, and came from a Target, but was discontinued...

The truth is I wish I had never bought the TV because a year later we found the iPad was all we needed. Our daughter uses that far more than the TV..


I bow to your superior (and more recent) knowledge. It has been two years since I last did this. If you say everything has changed, I believe you. Happy I got mine when I did...
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Old 28-01-2014, 20:54   #34
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Re: 12v TV

i have a 12v projector with 2 retractable screens (port and starboard) with the projector mounted on a swivel.

i video lines down to one of the bulkheads for when i want to connect directly to a computer but i can also stream via wireless or blue tooth.

for sound, i have blue tooth speakers and an aux line to the sound system (which is configured more for surround sound than for traditional music (not that you can really tell in the salon on a 41' boat)).

the result is about a about 35" or so but can be a bit dim is it is really bright.

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I bow to your superior (and more recent) knowledge. It has been two years since I last did this. If you say everything has changed, I believe you. Happy I got mine when I did...
I actually just wanted to replace my TV with another Polaroid and looked high and low locally. Sadly it seems things have chaged, at least locally on the shelves. We bought our current TV back in Aug then I looked again in Nov... Hopefully someone can step forward with a current inexpensive model that runs on 12V.. Perhaps there are more options without the DVD combo...
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Re: 12v TV

There should still be a few 12V TVs available.

I fitted a Voxon 22" 12V a few years ago (about 4 actually) and it's still working.

Not ecstatic about the viewing angle, the supplied cigarette lighter plug melted and the 12V plug in the TV itself kept on coming loose.

However all fixed with half an hour with a screwdriver and some delicate work with a soldering iron - who'd of thought that all that power went through a couple of wires about the thickness of a few human hairs.

The worst part was making sure the polarity was right so there was no expensive black smoke...

Should have sprung a few extra dollars for a Grundig.
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Re: 12v TV

i guess i am a bit out of it -- but what do you need a tv for?? watch dvd on the lap top - and when we left the usa most of tv was a waste land - over here we do get to see some of the old series on free tv as we have been thru our dvd collection a couple of times -
so now watching duck dynasty - a couple of episodes a night - right now - but that is all - maybe an hour -
as for football - we do watch some college games live and an occassional nfl game but that is all - and then just our alma matas
we do not really miss all that is on tv
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Re: 12v TV

We have an LG 22 inch 240 volt tv on the boat. It runs off 19 volts via a multi-voltage selector (car cigarette lighter fitting thing) from the 12 volt system. Cost 189, runs the hard drive, IPS (wide angle viewing), good visual and audio. Uses about 2 amps.

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For the record I purchased a Supersonic SC-2411 24" LED TV. It runs off of 12v and has an AC adapter for 110. I had to separately purchase the 12v cord. It has a great picture but built in sound is lacking. I have it hooked up to some external speakers that sound much better. The Olympics looked great on it. Have not yet run it on 12v but will soon.
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12v TV

In the US 12v tv's can be found at any truck stop or RV store. On line they can also be found easy. LED 12v tv's have a low power draw of 30-40w for the 20-24" models, 60w for 26" and 90w for the 32". We have 24" in the berths and a 32" in the main saloon.
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Re: 12v TV

I would agree with others that I wouldn't worry too much about connecting an off the shelf TV to a 12v boat system. The company I work for manufactures chips which are specifically designed to handle over voltage situations without damaging equipment down the line we sell our products to companies like LG, Samsung and many others with a lot of them going into TVs. The main reason they buy our products and design them into their products is because they know that even with their 12v power brick chances are pretty high that at some point in its life those electronics are going to see a voltage higher than 12v on the other side of that brick be it from a failure in the brick, a power surge of some type, or voltage introduced from another source and in the long run it is cheaper for them to build this feature into the product than to warranty TVs. It costs hundreds of dollars to warranty repair one TV or one consumer device and these products we sell typically cost pennies.

That said, we sell our products to most all major brands.. last I looked companies like westinghouse were not on our client list. So in this case you really likely get what you pay for.
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I bought a Sceptre 24" led 1080p tv with a built in DVD player for $105 after rebate. They have them at Tiger Direct in the US normally. It is powered using a 12v brick from 120V. It is exactly the same tv as a buddy bought as a 12v under the Axess brand at double the price.
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I bought a Sceptre 24" led 1080p tv with a built in DVD player for $105 after rebate. They have them at Tiger Direct in the US normally. It is powered using a 12v brick from 120V. It is exactly the same tv as a buddy bought as a 12v under the Axess brand at double the price.


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