Best Power Inverters : Cars : Trucks : Home : Solar

Power Inverters for Cars : Power Inverters are a low cost power backup solution. Power Inverters for Cars are powered by the Cars Batteries and are also known as Car Inverters. 

Power Inverters for Trucks : Larger capacity Power Inverters are powered by Truck batteries and are referred to as Truck Inverters / Power Inverters for Trucks. 

AC to DC Power Inverter : Power Inverters convert DC power to AC that can be used to power Laptops, TV's , Boomboxes etc in your Car or Truck. Hence they are often referred to as AC to DC Power Inverters.

BEST POWER INVERTERS

Power Inverters : Power Inverters for Cars as well as Truck Power Inverters or even Power Inverters for Homes or RV's or Solar are all essentially built to convert DC to AC.

The Best Power Inverters : act as a source of AC Power that is routed through outlets just like regular Home AC wall outlets.

Read on to discover the Best Power Inverters for your car and truck. 

Please note, the Best Power Inverters for RV's or Trucks are interchangeable. 

Who Needs a Car Power Inverter?

Anyone who spends more than an hour in their car or truck every day is a candidate for a Power Inverter. Car and Truck Power Inverters  are also great for long road trips, whether for business or pleasure.

A Truck Power Inverter should be a mandatory accessory for a Long distance trucker.  If you love the RV and Camping life, then a power Inverter for your Car or Trucks will be the much needed power source you missed out on for so long.  

Car Power Inverter

Car Power Inverter

You will be able to use all kinds cellular phones, laptops and music boomboxes etc by connecting them to the 110 V outlets on the car or truck power Inverter.

Most Car Power Inverters connects into the 12v  plug cigarette lighter accessory jack. 

Power Inverters for Trucks : Larger  Power Inverters for Cars are also called Truck Inverters and may sometimes  connect directly to a fuse or the battery of your truck.

Best Power Inverter for Car

Great value. 300 watts output which is enough for most electronic office appliances. Fast 2.4 Amp dual USB chargers. Modified Sine Wave Output.

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BESTEK 300W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter with 4.2A Dual USB Car Adapter
BESTEK 300W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter with 4.2A Dual USB Car Adapter
5,813 Reviews
  • BESTEK Advantage: America's leading power inverter brand. Provides 300 Watts continuous DC to AC power and 700 Watts instantaneous power, featuring 2 AC outlets and 2 USB ports
  • Fast Charging: two 110V AC outlets for charging larger devices such as laptops and tablets, 2 USB charging ports (0-2.4A) for powering USB compatible devices, a good choice as requisite car accessories
  • Ultra Compact and Lightweight: iPhone-sized design ideal for use on vacations, work trips, and camping. 24 inch cigarette lighter plug makes the power inverter can be plugged into almost any vehicle
  • Multi-Protection: built-in 40 amps fuse to protect your device. Safe charging design provides protection against, overheating, under and over voltage charging, short circuiting
  • Durable metal housing provides advanced protection from drops and bumps.Smart cooling fan system makes the car power inverter very silent when operating,and the fan runs faster when the device gets warmer or output power exceeds 70W.18-Months Warranty

Best Power Inverter for Car (Pure Sine Wave)

If you want to spend a tad more to protect your electronics, this 300 watts pure sine wave output power inverter will take super care of all your electronics. Fast 2.4 Amp dual USB chargers. Modified Sine Wave Output.

BESTEK 300W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter with 4.2A Dual USB Car Adapter with Bluetooth Earbuds
BESTEK 300W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter with 4.2A Dual USB Car Adapter with Bluetooth Earbuds
368 Reviews
  • BESTEK Advantage: America's leading power inverter brand. Provides 300 Watts continuous DC to AC power and 700 Watts instantaneous power, featuring 2 AC outlets and 2 USB ports
  • Fast Charging: two 110V AC outlets for charging larger devices such as laptops and tablets, 2 USB charging ports (0-2.4A) for powering USB compatible devices, a good choice as requisite car accessories
  • Ultra Compact and Lightweight: iPhone-sized design ideal for use on vacations, work trips, and camping. 24 inch cigarette lighter plug makes the power inverter can be plugged into almost any vehicle
  • Multi-Protection: built-in 40 amps fuse to protect your device. Safe charging design provides protection against, overheating, under and over voltage charging, short circuiting
  • With bluetooth earbuds, 18 month warranty and 7/24 hour customer service.

Best Power Inverter for Truck

This modified sine wave output Power Inverter is good for most mobile applications. It outputs 1500 watts on a continuous basis and is able to generate a 3000 watts surge.

Great value pricing and excellent consumer feedback. 2 110V AC outputs and dual USB charge outlets. Connect directly to your Truck Battery and NOT through 12V or cigarette charger.

POTEK 1500W Power Inverter Dual AC Outlets 12V DC to 110 V AC Car Inverter with Bluetooth
POTEK 1500W Power Inverter Dual AC Outlets 12V DC to 110 V AC Car Inverter with Bluetooth
48 Reviews
  • [1500WATT BLUETOOTH POWER INVERTER]Provides 1500 watts continuous power, 3000 watts surge power to charge your multiple electronic devices on the go
  • [MULTI-PURPOSE CHARGING] Dual AC outlets and USB charging port perfect for charging your TV,game player,laptop, lights, microwaves, power tools, and other electronics
  • [UNIQUE DESIGN]Design with bluetooth wireless remote control system,you can download affiliated APP to control inverter within 33ft single range.
  • [INTELLIGENT TEMPERATURE CONTROL]Built-in cooling fan only starts working when temperature is over 104℉ and 6 internal fuses makes it safer when using the Power Inverter, ideal for use on road, at campsites, remote job sites or anywhere AC power is needed
  • [MULTI-PROTECTION]This power inverter has over voltage, overload, over-current, under-voltage, overheating, short circuit protection

More Choices : Power Inverter for Car

Bestseller No. 1
Greenworks 40V 300W Cordless Power Inverter, Sine Wave Inverter with 2 USB Ports and AC Port, IV40A00
Greenworks 40V 300W Cordless Power Inverter, Sine Wave Inverter with 2 USB Ports and AC Port, IV40A00
  • Ideal for camping, tailgating, disaster preparedness, or anytime you need power on the go.
  • Includes 2 USB and 1 110V AC outlets for powering multiple devices
  • Uses modified sine wave technology to provide 300W of power
  • Built-in fuse to protect your devices
  • Compatible with any Greenworks 40V Battery. For best results 4Ah ( 29472) and 5Ah (LB40A010) are recommended
Bestseller No. 2
Maxpart Inverter 1000W Car Power Inverters 12v DC to 110v AC Converter with Dual AC Outlet 2.4A USB, 12 Volt Invertor Car Cigarette Lighter Battery Inverter for Vehicles, Power Inversor 1000 Watts
Maxpart Inverter 1000W Car Power Inverters 12v DC to 110v AC Converter with Dual AC Outlet 2.4A USB, 12 Volt Invertor Car Cigarette Lighter Battery Inverter for Vehicles, Power Inversor 1000 Watts
  • Power Inverter 1000 Watt - The Home and outdoor inverter provides dual 110V AC outlets continuous DC to AC power output, converts 12V DC battery power to standard 110V AC,featuring 2 AC outlets and 2 USB ports.inversor de corriente 12v a 110v
  • Fast Charging - 110V AC outlets (up to 750watt surge capacity) for charging larger devices such as laptops and tablets, USB charging ports (0-2.4A,up to 50watt surge capacity) for powering USB compatible devices, Car Cigarette Lighter (up to 150watt surge capacity).This car outlet adapter Digital Display inverter for Portable Audio, Camping Lamp, Digital Camera, Car Refrigerator, etc.
  • Safety Multi-Protection 1000W 12V Inverter - Cooling Fan,Smart Digital Display and Mini Slip Fuse to protect against Over Voltage, Low Voltage,Overload ,Short Circuit, Over Heat. Applies the technology of ABS crashworthiness, robust, as well as good electrical insulation auto inverter..
  • Widely Using Inverter - Inversor can be connected with vehicles lighter or 12V battery directly for Emergency or solar inverter, Hurricane, Storm, Snowstorm, and Outage,cell-phone, laptop, electric light, digital camera, breast pump, electrical tools and other electronics.
  • What You Get - Our power inverter have CE and FCC , ROSH certification. We provide a 12-Month Hassle-Free Warranty, 24-hour friendly customer service, and 100% customer satisfaction. (Please use in well-ventilated, dry area.)
Bestseller No. 3
YSOLX 500W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with 2 USB Ports and 2 AC Outlet, Car Outlet Adpater for Road Trip and Camping
YSOLX 500W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with 2 USB Ports and 2 AC Outlet, Car Outlet Adpater for Road Trip and Camping
  • 【Main function】 The inverter converts 12V DC into 110V AC, 2 AC sockets can charge electrical appliances with a rated power of less than 500W, and 2 USB ports can charge mobile phones and tablets
  • 【Dual connection mode】 In the car, you can use the cigarette lighter plug to connect the car outlet, which can be used for electrical appliances with a power less than 150W, such as laptops, routers, cameras, drones, air pumps.When the power of electrical appliances between 150W and 500W,need to connect the battery by the alligator clips
  • 【Travel and Emergency Equipment】 This converter is suitable for road trips, camping, outdoor work. It can also power lights, routers, fans by connecting a deep-cycle battery during power outage
  • 【Advanced charging protection design】Built-in smart chip and fuse to prevent the device from overheating, overload, overvoltage, undervoltage, short circuit
  • 【Tips】 The maximum power of the car's fuse is 180W. It is recommended to use electrical appliances under 150W in the car. Gets 18 months warranty by purchasing YSOLX 500W Power Inverter
SaleBestseller No. 4
Cantonape 1000W/2000W(Peak) Car Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with LCD Display Dual AC Outlets and Dual USB Car Charger for Car Home Laptop Truck
Cantonape 1000W/2000W(Peak) Car Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with LCD Display Dual AC Outlets and Dual USB Car Charger for Car Home Laptop Truck
111 Reviews
  • POWERFUL OUTPUT: Convert power of DC 12V to AC 110V 60Hz. Provides 1000 Watts continuous modified sine wave power and 2000 Watts peak power. Featuring 2 AC outlets and Dual 3.1A USB ports for multi-purpose charging. Great High efficiency: conversion efficiency > 90%.
  • INTELLIGENT LCD DISPLAY: The LCD display shows: input / output voltage, battery capacity, load capacity. Easy to know the battery status:full, normal or empty. Easy to know the loads capacity.
  • MULTI-PROTECTION: 2 Built-in 50A fuses to protect your device. 6 kinds of protection to against: Overload / Short Circuit / Over heat / Reverse Polarity / Under or Over Voltage protections. Make your batteries and appliances safer. And we have 12-Months Warranty.
  • SPECIAL DESIGN: Built-in temperature control cooling fan. Isolated Ground Neutral. 2pcs battery clips and 24 inch cigarette lighter plug come along with the power inverter, they make the power inverter can be plugged into almost any vehicle. Durable aluminum body provides advanced protection and easier to cooling.
  • WIDE APPLICATION: The sockets are designed to easily insert two large size plugs at the same time. Dual 110V AC Outlets ideal for charging laptop, fan, small car refrigerator, game console, kindle, TV, Christmas lights, Breast Pump. Ideal for use on vacations, work trips, home or outdoors for emergency, outdoor activities and camping.

More Choices : Power Inverter for Truck

SaleBestseller No. 1
Ampeak PRO 2000W Power Inverter 17 Safe Protections RV Inverter 12V to 110V 6.2A USB Ports 3AC Outlets Cigarette Lighter Port
Ampeak PRO 2000W Power Inverter 17 Safe Protections RV Inverter 12V to 110V 6.2A USB Ports 3AC Outlets Cigarette Lighter Port
100 Reviews
  • YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH AMPEAK! We believe in our product and quality and we offer a warranty that proves it. An 18-Month Hassle-Free Warranty.
  • Ampeak 2000W POWER INVERTER 12V DC TO 110V AC: Provides 2000Watts continuous power, converts 12V dc battery power to standard 110V ac, features 2USB ports (3.1Amps each), 3AC outlets, DC cigarette lighter 3FT 4AWG battery cables included.
  • SOFT START 17 SAFE PROTECTIONS POWER INVERTER: Ampeak provides safe power inverters as well as 2000W. Advanced best technology 17 safe protections, extends the life of your electronics and appliances, all of these protections are displayed on the LCD screen.
  • INTELLIGENT TEMPERATURE CONTROL BY SILENT FANS: Built cooling silent fans start working when the temperature is over 104℉ or the load is over 200w, low interference technology makes fans quiet working, and meet most of our daily power needs under 1500w power.
  • LCD DISPLAY MASTERS THE INVERTER WORKING STATUS: Shows you input voltage, output voltage, output watts, output current, the temperature of internal electronic components, battery status, battery status percentage, output frequency, and indicate protections.

FAQ

Will the  power inverter for your truck or car  drain your  battery?

Most Power Inverters for your Car or Truck will not drain your battery while you are driving you car. That’s because your car’s Alternator is doing the hard work of powering your Inverter.

Most Alternators are able to support upto a 1000 watts fairly easily. Your car or truck battery will have enough juice to run the Inverter for between 30 to 60 minutes before it needs recharging. 

A good plan is to get your engine running after 30 to 60 minutes so that the engine can recharge your battery. 

 
A Power Inverter for a Car or a Truck is an electronic device that uses the Car’s Battery as a power source for appliances in your vehicle.
 
The truck power inverter has AC output sockets which you can use to power a TV or Laptop or a Refrigerator or a Computer.
 
Depending on the amount of power the Inverter can produce, you could even run more power hogging appliances. 
 
How long can an auto battery run a 500-watt inverter?
 
It depends on your Car or Truck Battery. Auto Batteries are usually rated at 12 Volts. Look at the amp hour rating of the battery. Higher the amp hour rating the longer you will be able to run the inverter.
 
For example, if your battery is rated at a 100 amp hour, then its power capacity is 12 volt x 100 amp hour = 1200 watts.  Thus the Battery would be able to run the 500-watt Inverter for 1200 / 500 = 2.4 hours before it becomes completely drained.
 
In real life, you are able to achieve only about 80% of the rated capacity. SO the maximum time you could use the 500-watt power inverter for your truck or car for about 2 hours. 

What are Car and Truck Power Inverters?

Power Inverters for Cars and Power Inverters for Trucks are a special class of Power Inverters which are dedicated for in-vehicle use.

In the earlier sections, we talked about the USB and the cigarette lighter power outlets in your car or truck. These are sources of DC power. They work fine to charge phones, GPS etc.AIMS 3000 Power Inverter for Car

Power Inverters for Cars and Power Inverters for Trucks come in very handy when you want to use AC devices like your TV, or your Boom Box or a Power Tool or anything else that is plugged into the wall socket.

All Car Inverters and Truck Inverters work to convert the DC power coming from the car or truck battery into AC power.

Bingo, with your new Power Inverter you are ready to plug in any office or home electric device and start using your vehicle.

What devices can I run on my Car or Truck Power Inverter?

This discussion can get very technical with specifications of your car’s alternator, the current output at idle RPM speed for the car engine and more complications. So let me give you the short answer first.

Power Inverters for Cars or Power Inverters for Trucks that plugs into a Cigarette Lighter or 12 V Charging Outlet : If your power inverter plugs into the cigarette lighter outlet, then you can power devices which consume 10 amps or less.

So , we are talking Laptop, Television, Game Console etc. Just make sure that the device is rated at 120 watts or less.

Power Inverters for Cars or Power Inverters for Trucks that connect directly to the Battery :  These Power Inverters can power larger appliances like a Fridge, a Catalytic Heater, Cooking Equipment or Power Tools.

However, you have to be careful as many larger appliances need a lot of power to start up ( generally known as the starting watts)  and then settle down to using less power (Running Watts).

Irulu 3000 Power Inverter for Car

You should be fine if your appliances use 1500 or fewer watts of starting power and 1000 or fewer watts of running power.

For larger power inverters you need to make sure your battery and alternator are adequately powered. See the next section.

What numbers should I look at while sizing a Power Inverter?

It is best practice to make sure your Inverter has the rated power capability to run the appliances you plan to use.

Next, you need to make sure the Alternator in your vehicle can take the load.

If you are not careful you could run down your car battery or blow up the Alternator. The Alternator is the device in your car’s engine which keeps your batteries charged and topped up.

Finally, your car or truck battery should have enough capacity to take on the additional loads.

If you use the Power Inverter to power too many tools for example, the Alternator may not be able to keep up and you could end up with a discharged battery.

Power Inverter Load on your Car or Truck Alternator (What do the numbers mean?)

If you want to be absolutely certain that your car or truck alternator has the juice to support your inverter, you should look at the Alternators specs.

Your car or truck alternator has a rating specification which usually looks like this
50/120A 13.5V

What this is telling you is that your Alternator produces 50 amps of current when your engine is idling. Idling engines are usually operating at about 1500 RPM.  At that RPM your car’s alternator will produce about 50 Amps of current at 13.5 volts

The 120 Amp rating shows the maximum power generated by the alternator at a high engine RPM of 6000 or more.  Now, these figures are ideal figures and the real world outputs will differ.

Alternator Power Inverter

Thus, if your Alternator is producing about 6000 watts ( 50 amps x 12 volts) of power when it is idling. This is enough to power all the electrical systems of your car and you can safely siphon off about a 1000 watts to your devices through the Power Inverter.

If you have a higher rated  Alternator producing more output, then it’s possible to divert more power through the inverter to larger appliances.

If your Power Inverter is connected to the batteries via the fuse panel or directly, you have to be careful to ensure you don’t overload it and run down your batteries.

What Precautions must you take while using Power Inverters for Cars and Trucks?

Power Inverters for Cars and Trucks with higher power outputs which are normally directly connected to your car or truck batteries need to be handled with great care. There is a danger of sparking and fire when you overload the power inverter or have it operating in poorly ventilated spaces or exposed to water or the rain.

It’s super important not to overload the power inverter or the battery beyond their stated capacities.  Even with in-built safety fuses or dedicated circuits for the Power Inverter, it is vital to use additional external fuses to avoid a potentially hazardous situation.

Power Inverters for Cars

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