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Electric outlet in the bed, what can it handle?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by volcomig, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. Jun 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM
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    volcomig

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    Hi guys im on a camping trip and wanna charge my cellephone but dont wanna turn the truck on to not waste gas, will my battery loose its power if i leave it like 1h on that outlet ? (Without actually starting the truck)
     
  2. Jun 20, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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    Just plug it into the lighter and turn the key to ACC with the radio and the lights off.

    The inverter has a fair amount of parasitic loss, and charging the phone, you'd be taking 12vdc, jacking it to 120vac, then dumping it back down to 5-12vdc.
     
  3. Jun 20, 2013 at 9:17 PM
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    Rich knows what he knows, and he knows it.

    You might want to set a watch alarm to remind you to turn the truck back to OFF. It should take quite awhile to charge your phone long enough to cause a problem, but play it safe.
     
  4. Jun 20, 2013 at 9:19 PM
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    Ok thanks man!
     
  5. Jun 20, 2013 at 9:26 PM
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    My phone charges in about an hour on the inverter. Not long enough to drain the battery. It takes much longer than that charging on the cigarette lighter because the lighter charger puts out less. My last camping trip I connected a power bar so everyone could charge their phones/kindles at once. It worked fine. I would start my truck every hour or so just in case though. Although I do have a brand new battery too (2k miles on 2013) In my old truck I have nearly killed the battery charging stuff though. I do believe the truck will cut the inverter power off when the battery gets too low though.
     
  6. Jun 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM
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    Charges my laptop and inflater for my mattress when camping.
     
  7. Jun 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM
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    On a side note, I can get a week or more of battery life out of my phone when I backpack.
     
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