Pros / This power inverter has an AC outlet and a USB port.
Cons / The power capacity is smaller than many other similar devices.
Verdict / We recommend this power inverter for low-power electronics.
The Targus 100 Watt Slim Line car power inverter plugs into your car’s DC outlet and lets you charge your electronics with the AC outlet or USB port on the unit. The car power inverter can charge or power cell phones, cameras, laptops and more. The Targus power inverter only has one AC output, unlike some other similar higher-ranked inverters.
Using the Targus car power inverter is very simple. The inverter box has a cable on one end that connects to the cigarette lighter. On the other end of the unit are one AC outlet and a USB port. Some other similar power inverters have two AC outlets. The amount of power supplied to the inverter through the cigarette lighter is limited to about 150 watts, which is just a little more than can be supplied by the Targus power inverter, which can supply up to 100 watts. Here is a list of some of the more popular devices that can be charged or powered by the portable inverter.
- Cell phones
- Gaming consoles
- DVD players
- Camping lights
The Targus power inverter cannot supply enough power to charge many electronic devices while they are in use. For example, the inverter cannot charge a laptop from an empty battery while it is being used. The laptop would require about 200 watts for something similar.
The car power inverter has an assortment of integrated safety features. When power consumption surges, the unit will go through an automatic shutdown. This will protect the inverter from circuit overload. If the portable inverter gets too hot, or about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it will also automatically shut down. The inverter also has a protection against draining too much of the car battery, if you use it while the engine is not running. First an alarm will sound alerting you to a dying car battery, and if it continues to draw too much power the inverter will shut down.
The Targus power inverter is very simple to use. Connect the unit to the car’s cigarette lighter and then plug your device into the AC outlet or USB port. The inverter is well-built and has a nice, professional design.
The fan inside the inverter box will help keep the internal temperature of the device cool. The fan is constantly running in the box, but it's not loud enough to be an annoyance.
Help & Support
The manufacturer provides a telephone number for customer support. You can contact the customer service team after searching through the sections of frequently asked questions. The manufacturer also has an area where you can submit questions. When we filled out the form we received an answer after three business days. The manufacturer covers this product with a limited one-year warranty.
The Targus 100 Watt Slim Line car power inverter is compact and has an AC outlet, a USB port and a cooling fan. It can supply an adequate amount of power and it has a sleek design. However, it only has one AC outlet and the customer service options can be somewhat confusing and limited.