Pros / The manufacturer is extremely reliable.

Cons / The power inverter only has one AC outlet.

 Verdict / We recommend this inverter for its sleek design and reliability.

The Duracell Pocket Inverter 175 plugs into your vehicle’s DC outlet and connects to your electronic devices via the AC outlet or USB port. The car power inverter can charge or power cell phones, iPods, cameras, laptops and more. Duracell is one of the most reliable manufacturers of power and battery-related products on the market. However, the product does not have multiple AC outlets like other higher-ranked inverters.

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Features

Using Duracell car power inverters is extremely simple. The inverter is a box with a cable on the end that connects to the cigarette lighter. The unit has one AC outlet and a USB port. The amount of power that can be supplied through the cigarette lighter is limited to approximately 150 watts. This means the type of device that can be powered by the car power inverters is somewhat limited. However, most travel-related electronics can be powered or charged by the inverter. Here is a list of some of the more popular devices that can be charged or powered.

  • Laptops
  • Cell phones
  • TVs
  • Gaming consoles
  • DVD players
  • Camping lights

The inverter can charge and power devices, but the unit cannot supply enough power to do both simultaneously for large electronic devices, such as laptops. Charging a laptop from empty to full while using it might take approximately 200 watts, which is too much. We suggest consulting the user manual of the electronics you wish to use with the inverter before making a purchase.

The car inverter also has a variety of integrated safety features. If the power consumption surges, the inverter will automatically shut down to protect from circuit overload. Also, if the unit gets too hot and the internal temperature exceeds about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it will automatically shut down. And if the inverter begins to draw too much power from the car battery, it will sound an alarm and then shut down the unit. This will only happen if you are using the inverter while the car is not running.

Design

Using the Duracell car power inverters is very simple. Simply connect the unit to the car and then connect your digital device to the inverter. The design is sleek and the device is small and portable.

The Duracell inverter product has a fan that is constantly blowing in order to keep the unit cool. The sound is minimal and we did not find it to be distracting. The fan cannot be turned off and is necessary to keep the temperature of the unit cool.

Help & Support

Duracell provides a toll-free telephone number that can be used during normal business hours for customer service. The website also has an email address listed for customer service. However, when we sent an email with a few questions about the product, it took nearly a week to receive a response. Duracell covers the unit with a limited one-year warranty.

Summary

The Duracell Pocket Inverter 175 is reliable and well designed. The car power inverter can be used to power a large selection of different electronics, including laptops, TVs, cell phones and DVD players. The unit has a few different integrated safety features and it is covered by a one-year warranty.

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