Remember growing up and being on those long car journeys with the family? Whether you were going on holiday, visiting relatives or maybe just on a day trip out somewhere, there was always a point where you get so bored you’d begin winding your parents up by repeatedly asking “are we there yet?” Only for them to reply with “no”, “not yet” or “will you just shut the heck up, we’ll be there when we’ll be there”. Well there was no bigger cause of this than when your Gameboy or GameGear died (Nintendo DS and PS Vita for the younger generations). In all honesty as well they deserved all they got if they didn’t bring spare batteries for your handheld console. Luckily though today most people have in-car chargers so the dead battery scenario is a thing of the past but what if you fancy taking something a bit bigger like a laptop for the PC Gamer? Well DBPower have a solution to that problem.
That’s right, for those of you who want to take things to the next level on your long journeys, essentially anyone who fancies charging a Laptop or watching TV, well there is now the ability to plug those device directly into your car. Yeah DBPower have come up with a 1000 watt (W) power inverter adapter to set up in your car, converting the the power from your 12 volt (V) car battery into 220V of alternating current (AC). This means for any items you have which has a power consumption less than 1000W then you’ll be able to power it on when your inverter is hooked up to your car. Now if it’s an item with lower than about 300W consumption the best way to connect it to the car is through the cigarette lighter port as you would most in-car chargers. Anything larger and it’s more appropriate to hook the inverter up directly to the battery with the included clips.
This hasn’t been just designed to keep the kids happy so they can play their games though although that’s a great use of it, no I would say the ideal target audience for this product are those who enjoy going on camping trips. Why? Well if you’re one who likes to go travelling around Europe then you’ll not have to worry about taking adapters anywhere with you because it has a universal plug socket which allows you to plug in both UK Plugs and foreign styled plugs. Along with that it also has the added benefit of a USB output for your smaller devices like mobile phones and tablets which means as you drive round you can be charging up a wide array of devices. There are others who would definitely benefit from this as well, for example those who are often travelling a lot for work such as people in sales who can keep computers charged or park up to do some work on the road, or how about maintenance engineers who have to travel the country when working all the hours of the day, they now have a way to charge the batteries for their drills and other bits. Yep anyone really who does a lot of travelling can benefit.
Now upon first appearance it doesn’t look like the most sexy bit of kit you’ll ever see and so if I had to assign it to anyone of the groups above it probable fits more into the image style of a maintenance engineer because it looks like the kind of thing you’d see lying on the shelf in the back of their ford transit. It has a shiny metal finish on the outside with a ribbed effect to it (not to be used as a sex toy); then at one end you have the universal plug socket and the USB output as well as an on/off switch and three LEDs which indicate fault and power statuses. At the opposite end there is a black and red connector which is where you’ll attach the appropriate wires to connect the inverter up to your car. Next to this is the vent for the cooling fan, which is important you check to see if it is free to allow air flow otherwise this device can overheat. The fan only extends the longevity of the use of the device though, it will not make it last forever, so when using it try not to keep it on for a prolonged time or it could be quite dangerous and overheat or run your battery flat.
Where as overheating usually means loud noise though this is not the case with the DBPower inverter due to some advanced PWM CMOS chip apparently which they say can work in the state of ultrasonic sound. Personally this means nothing to me and you can hear a humming when it is on but it’s nothing turning up the radio can’t hide. However the device does have its flaws; one of which as I said above is it drains the battery which you’d expect, but if using it on the go charging a laptop or maybe a power tool it does seem to zap some power from the battery and therefore your car, although it works, does feel like it lacks power, especially if you drive something more modern which relies heavily on electrics. So to combat this you should either up your battery to something bigger (although how this would affect the device I don’t know) or buy a 2nd battery to put in your car (th
The other downside to this product is the instructions, they aren’t the best and you can clearly tell it’s been a quick google translation job from the native language of whoever wrote these things up. If they need help putting this in to English I’m happy to tidy it up for a fee as I have had a couple DBPower products now and they all suffer from this same issue. Now this shouldn’t affect the quality of the product and it doesn’t really, but it can affect use of it if you don’t understand properly how it functions. This is why you probably have some bad reviews on Amazon because people aren’t paying attention to what they should be doing, not necessarily because they never read them but maybe because they had a hard time understanding.
So would I go out and buy one of these myself if I hadn’t been sent one for free? Well actually I would but not for my own use, it’s because I work with a company who go out to install all sorts of electronic equipment into people’s homes and having this device in their vans means they can charge up tools on the move. If I was more adventurous and went on longer drives than going to work and back then I probably would grab one at this price because I can see many uses for them, although probably not advisable to watch my TV whilst driving. It so far seems a robust little device which is a little on the ugly side but that may not bother people too much. It does unfortunately take up a lot of power on the car as well which isn’t great for my BMW as it pretty much relies on electrics for everything from starting the car to checking oil levels. Therefore if you grab one I advise upgrading your battery or buying one specifically for use with this, but other than that I can’t fault it too much. So why not give it a try, afterall you get a 60-day free trial and a one year warranty.
Now to finish with some of the boring bits.
- Input voltage: 10.5-15VDC
- Output voltage: 210V-240V AC
- Power rating: 1000W
- Frequency: 50Hz
- On/Off switch control the fan
- Automatic Thermal Shutdown
- Overload Protection
- Extra Surge Capacity
- Low Battery Alarm/Shut Off
- Reverse Polarity Protection
1 x power inverter/ 1 x Car Charger adapter/ 2 x Crimpers
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