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    What TV for a boat? An opinion from Audio Video Specialists-gctid808070

    I've no authority on this subject, just thought I'd post it here to share.
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    "JThiessen" post=808070 wrote:
    I've no authority on this subject, just thought I'd post it here to share.
    Ummmmm...... *scratches head* ........Share what?
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      #3
      Seems to me I read, when I had a motorhome, that if a TV has a brick on the power cord you could eliminate the brick and use a 12 volt utility plug. Just have to be careful about the polarity.

      The advantage is not having to buy as 12 volt RC TV for additional hundreds of dollars.
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        "wgander" post=808099 wrote:
        Seems to me I read, when I had a motorhome, that if a TV has a brick on the power cord you could eliminate the brick and use a 12 volt utility plug. Just have to be careful about the polarity.

        The advantage is not having to buy as 12 volt RC TV for additional hundreds of dollars.
        That will only work on a TV with a 12 VDC input. Some of the ones that use a brick run on 19 VDC. For there you will need a 12 volt to 19 volt converter.
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          #5
          Sheesh! I'm slow! It took me a few minutes to figure out that the brick wasn't a red neck device to keep the electrical connection on a broken cord......it the flippin transformer.
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            #6
            Whoops! I tried to use the add a link feature - guess that doesnt work so well.

            I'll do it the manual way

            http://www.avsforum.com/recommend-boat-tv-ask-editors/
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              #7
              These days the newer TVs use hardly any power and the inverters are relatively efficient. I would suggest just using AC power off the inverter instead of going to the trouble of adapting to 12 volts DC.
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                "mlewis100" post=808371 wrote:
                These days the newer TVs use hardly any power and the inverters are relatively efficient. I would suggest just using AC power off the inverter instead of going to the trouble of adapting to 12 volts DC.
                It's actually very easy and not much trouble to adapt them, I've done it for my boat and RV. In both cases I bough Samsung TVs that run on 12-14VDC with an AC adapter (brick). I then bought a plug to match the socket on the TV and wired it to a cigarette lighter plug. Both my boat and RV have cigarette lighter sockets where the TV goes, so this was pretty much a plug and play thing.
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                  #9
                  Almost everything 24" and smaller (dumb TV's) is 12v (32" is probably 19v)

                  Smart TV's any size are 110v.

                  buy a regular dumb TV and add an Android box or one of those small Windows computers the size of a chocolate bar and then you have a very smart TV at 12v.
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                    #10
                    The best marine TV is called SKY and STARS
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                      #11
                      Chromecast, Direct TV now, AT&T 3G or 4g, cheap tablet = Poor mans KVH system. 120 Satellite channels. No relation to any of these companies, just cheap

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                        #12
                        "Norton Rider" post=808382 wrote:


                        It's actually very easy and not much trouble to adapt them, I've done it for my boat and RV. In both cases I bough Samsung TVs that run on 12-14VDC with an AC adapter (brick). I then bought a plug to match the socket on the TV and wired it to a cigarette lighter plug. Both my boat and RV have cigarette lighter sockets where the TV goes, so this was pretty much a plug and play thing.
                        1) where do you buy the plug from?

                        2) we bought an RCA tv/dvd combo with the brick adapter last year. given the possibility of fluctuating voltage from the bats, will that harm the tv?
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                          "SprinterX" post=808792 wrote:
                          "Norton Rider" post=808382 wrote:


                          It's actually very easy and not much trouble to adapt them, I've done it for my boat and RV. In both cases I bough Samsung TVs that run on 12-14VDC with an AC adapter (brick). I then bought a plug to match the socket on the TV and wired it to a cigarette lighter plug. Both my boat and RV have cigarette lighter sockets where the TV goes, so this was pretty much a plug and play thing.
                          1) where do you buy the plug from?

                          2) we bought an RCA tv/dvd combo with the brick adapter last year. given the possibility of fluctuating voltage from the bats, will that harm the tv?
                          I bought the plug from a local electronics shop. The TV is no more sensitive than other electronics; we've never had any problems.
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                            #14
                            Most have gone away from the brick which is now built in to the TV so not as easy to modify any more. The easiest solution is to buy a small inverter and use the standard 110v plug. Good news is the LED TVs today draw so little a very small cheap inverter will do the trick. This way you can also plug in a DVD player or other 110v item you may want to add to the video system. In my case I have a rather elaborate set up and use a larger 400w inverter to furnish the speaker and subwoofer system, the satellite receiver, the TV and dvd player. Best and most flexible solution if you ask me.
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                              #15
                              I have a 400 watt inverter in my little radio and charging station. I can run the DVD player and a 21 inch tv from it. Maybe more. It wa like $50 from West marine.

                              My 21 inch tv has a brick and is 12v but I just thought it would be easier this way and I have A.C. power for other small things too.

                              The inverter is the oval black thing on the bottom the white thing is the aux plug for the stereo and I plug the tv into that and we can listen to the tv over the stereo with better sound.

                              The inverter also has 2 USB chargers.





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