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Old 11-19-2016, 08:41 AM
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Hey all, just wondering how hard it is to add a 120v outlet to my boat. Its a cuddy cabin so i have a pretty water proof spot to set it up. Trying to hook up phone chargers and a speaker on the cheap. Would also be nice for other stuff as well. Just wondering thanks in advance.
Old 11-19-2016, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Mighty White View Post
Hey all, just wondering how hard it is to add a 120v outlet to my boat. Its a cuddy cabin so i have a pretty water proof spot to set it up. Trying to hook up phone chargers and a speaker on the cheap. Would also be nice for other stuff as well. Just wondering thanks in advance.
Why go 120VAC for phone charges when in reality they are 5VDC? Simply use a 12VDC receptacle with USB ports, same applies to the a BT speaker. A lot cheaper. IMO

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A 120v port will require an inverter or a connection to shore power with a distribution panel on the boat. Inverters that use GFCI outlets like you should have on a boat aren't super cheap. 120v devices run through an inverter use a lot of power, so be sure your house battery bank can handle it. You also need to determine whether a modified sine wave inverter power your devices or if you need a true sine wave inverter, which is more expensive. None of this is done "on the cheap" Like Jose said, USB charges at 5v and there are cheap adapters. Many mobile devices use lower voltage DC power so getting a 120v outlet isn't probably the best solution for you.
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Well dang! I knew i needed an inverter but didnt think about how much it would actually draw. Thanks yall ill look into it a bit more.

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