Pros / The car power inverter is compact.
Cons / There is no USB port on this unit.
Verdict / We recommend this power inverter for its compact size.
The Pyle PNVS1 car power inverter plugs directly into the cigarette lighter of your vehicle. It converts the DC power coming from your car battery to a three-pronged outlet. You can use this car inverter to power laptops, cell phones, TVs and other devices. However, unlike some other similar devices, this car power inverter only has one AC outlet. It also does not have a USB port or a cooling fan to stop the unit from overheating.
The car power inverter plugs into the car outlet. There are no extra cables needed. You can then plug the electronics into the car power inverter. The unit can supply up to 150 watts, which is enough to power a large variety of electronics, including:
- Cell phones
- Gaming consoles
- DVD players
- Camping lights
The amount of power supplied through the auto power inverter is limited to 150 watts, which means most small electronic devices are compatible with this unit. However, 150 watts is not enough power to sufficiently charge most laptop batteries from empty while it is in use.
The Pyle power inverter has a few different safety features. If the power surges, the inverter will automatically shut down. This protects the circuits from overloading. If the temperature exceeds safe operating limits, the unit will automatically shut down as well. Also, if you’re using the product while the engine is turned off, the inverter will shut down before draining all the battery life. It is recommended that you start the engine and let it run for 10 minutes at least once every hour.
This car power inverter is a not a true sine wave device. This means it does not supply truly continuous power, so there is a possibility of a slight interruption in the power supply. For the average user this won’t be an issue, and most won’t notice much interruption at all. Even when using gaming consoles or watching TV, the small hiccup won’t interrupt your game or TV show. However, if you need true continuous power, you’ll have to purchase a much more expensive unit that attaches directly to your car battery.
The Pyle car inverter achieves 150 watt power output in an extremely small size. The inverter plugs directly into the car and you can connect your devices instantly. However, due to its small size, the inverter does not have a cooling fan. The Pyle unit is much more prone to overheating because it does not have a fan.
Help & Support
The manufacturer of the Pyle unit has a telephone support line open during regular business hours and an email address for customer service. However, there are no user manuals or sections of frequently asked questions. The manufacturer covers the unit with a limited one-year warranty.
The Pyle PNVS1 power inverter is small, simple to use and supplies as much power as is possible from most vehicles’ cigarette lighter. The inverter is sleek and sturdy. However, it does not have a cooling fan or a USB port.