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Trying to use vacuum cleaner with electrical outlet?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by hiphopcr, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. Sep 27, 2009 at 3:49 PM
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    hiphopcr

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    So I'm trying to clean out my car by plugging my vacuum cleaner into the outlet in the bed of my truck.

    It turns on for a second before shutting off, and the lights on the 100W/400W button on my dash turn off.

    What gives? I lost the owner's manual so maybe I'm missing something.

    2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Sport Double Cab
     
  2. Sep 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM
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    The outlet has a max of 400w, good luck finding something useful to plug into it. One more reason why I didn't spend $3000 to upgrade to the TRD package.
     
  3. Sep 27, 2009 at 4:03 PM
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    I had the same problem w/ a circular saw I wanted to run once.

    The most useful thing I've used w/ it is a hedge trimmer. I can go all over the yard now w/o worrying about not having enough extension cord.
     
  4. Sep 27, 2009 at 4:11 PM
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    x2. unless i can run power tools off the outlet it isnt worth shit.
     
  5. Sep 27, 2009 at 5:30 PM
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    your box is about 3.5 amps, a normal house vacuum or shopvac are around 10-15 amps.
     
  6. Sep 27, 2009 at 5:32 PM
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    seriously? guess you dont have much electrical background. like said before, you wont run much off that outlet.
     
  7. Sep 27, 2009 at 5:38 PM
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    not enough juice. You're tripping something. The most usefull thing that I can run off mine is a 1 gallon air compressor or a battery charger for my R/C car batteries.
     
  8. Sep 27, 2009 at 5:53 PM
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    you could buy one rated at 1200-1500 watts, but heres the thing, not counting conversion effeciency and such, that would be 100-120 amps AT the battery. If 100 of us did that , i bet 50 wouldnt turn the engine on to keep the battery charged on a camping trip.
    We use an inverter for work rated at 2000 watts for grinders, hammer drills n such, not only do we idle the engine, we have to either kick the rpm up or increase the alternator output at idle or we get a dead aux. battery.
     
  9. Sep 27, 2009 at 5:53 PM
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    I'm thinking the most useful thing I'll power off the bed outlet is the battery charger for my portable power tools. It will be close but I'm hoping it will work okay.
     
  10. Sep 27, 2009 at 5:56 PM
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    That's a concern of mine when I'm charging my r/c batteries but I've tried it for 30 minutes and didn't have a problem. But yeah I agree with you I'm sure a few people have used it and killed their battery.
     
  11. Sep 27, 2009 at 6:08 PM
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    Jason..... I confess... I have one of those traxxas Slashes. Lotsa fun lol
     
  12. Sep 27, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    Yea definitely too much juice. Good thing the power outlet isn't why I spent $3k for a TRD package.
     
  13. Sep 27, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    You realize it's to power stereos or lights right? Not plug an axle grinder into.

    Even if you did manage to up the power to the inverter, wouldn't you have to drastically increase the wiring to hold such a current?
     
  14. Sep 27, 2009 at 6:15 PM
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    I use a small handheld vaccuum and it works great, and man are people jealous of me being able to clean out my cab anywhere! Or brewing a cup of coffee.
     
  15. Sep 27, 2009 at 6:17 PM
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    The only thing I've used that outlet for is to power my air pump for my air mattress when camping. Works like a charm.
     
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    Without going out to get my manual, I thought the truck had to be running to use that outlet at full strength? Or am I just imagining this?

    I wouldn't think to run a power tool off of it. Battery charger for cordless or R/C cars is cool. What about a blender? Margarita's on the fly is always a refreshing idea.
     
  19. Sep 27, 2009 at 6:27 PM
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    No matter how big the cables to the inverter , it'll still be a 400 watt inverter, so the same amps will still trip it. The cables to the 1500 watt inverter in my van at work has cables supplying it bigger than jumper cables. I don't recall the guage though. I'd say the wire itself is about 1/2" w/o insulation. Could shoot a photo of it tomorrow and post it.
     
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    Running and in park. Although there is a mod to fuck with that so you can use it while it's in drive.


    And I wasn't talking about the cables to the inverter, I was talking about the cables from the inverter to the outlet in the bed.
     
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