Perfect for Working on the Road. I rent trucks a lot from Penske, Budget, and others for my work and I always bring the PV375 with me. Perfect! I plug it in to the cigarette lighter socket and from there I can power the portable sound system (essential for long-distance driving), and recharge my cell phone and laptop. The best part is that instead of spending on a separate car adapter for all of that gear, I can just use the standard AC cords that come with those devices and plug right in to the PV375. Some have complained about the fan noise but it doesn't bother me (especially in a big truck!) For my personal car I own a DIFFERENT TrippLite power inventer with is bolted to the floor and hard wired to the car battery. Love that one too; just cuts down on the cables a bit by having it permanently installed.
GREAT Product for the Price. Normally, I can be pretty harsh on my reviews. I tell the truth as I see it. After a couple of storms and snowstorms in the Northeast I figured I needed some protection for communications purposes. We lost power for a week a few years ago. Bad feeling! I purchased this Inverter so I can charge our Cell Phones, Laptops and emergency lantern batteries with this unit in our car. To me, it is quiet, small, easy to place in the back of the front seats and will let us have computers, phones and light when we could not otherwise. I actually had it endorsed by a salesperson who works for a competitor, pretty good endorsement. It's inexpensive considering the helpless feeling you would get without it. Plus it is small enough to throw in the trunk of your car until you need it. I consider this a non-exciting, non-sexy but totally worthwhile investment. Jeff
Simple to Use, Great Design. The case of the product this is a robust ribbed anodized aluminum which serves as it's heat dissipation sink. Couple this with its integral mini-muffin fan and it effectively stays cool -- Read "long life" for electronic devices. The male cigarette lighter plug likewise seems designed to last. Bought this for a 1500 mi car trip over Thanksgiving 2011 so my daughter could use her PC to do homework -- worked flawlessly. What a refreshing change from so many electronic devices where the mechanical parts are done on the cheap at every turn. Fair to assume the electrical innards are also sound. Would recommend and buy again and will look to Tripp-Lite for any future needs based on this one product. No I don't work for them, just pleased to see a quality product.
Keeps the kids happy! We have a toddler and a teen, and the minivan can get to be a nightmare on longer drives. We bought this inverter to power a laptop for our kids to watch movies and play games. We have had it for a few years now and it has never failed us. It has been run for hours on end with no overheating. It is quiet enough that we can't hear it at all over the road/wind noise. We are very glad we bought this!
Meets our laptop needs. We purchased a few of these to use in our pickup trucks to power laptops. Plenty of power available and with 2 AC plugs, it also allows for a cell phone to be charged at the same time. (2 thumbs up!) They are a nice design, by a trusted name. 1 unit (about 2 mo. old) started squeeling really bad, so I'm working on an RMA.
Great inverter so far. I have used an older 120W Tripp Lite inverter to power my laptop while on the road for 10-12 years now, and it has performed flawlessly. Because of its reliability, when we purchased a new class C motorhome, I decided to upgrade to this PV375 Tripp Lite inverter to power my laptop, monitor, and printer, recharge cameras, phones, battery-powered tools, and to power anything else within the power limit. I hard-mounted the PV375 into a cabinet, and hard-wired it into the motorhome circuit breaker/fuse box/charger. (I also installed a second 12V RV start/deep cycle battery.) I have only used the inverter a few times so far, but one of those times was for 7 hours continuously when power to our neighborhood was shut off for maintenance, and this inverter has performed flawlessly. The fan in my inverter makes no more noise than the fan in the motorhome circuit breaker/fuse box/charger, which is not loud at all, and is not in the least bit objectionable. I am very satisfied with this inverter, and we just installed (hard-mounted and hard-wired) a PV375 in my kids' motorhome as well.
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