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Old 08-30-2011, 04:44 PM   #1
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110V outlet

Is the new 110V outlet in the JK any better than a 12V DC to 110V converter that I can buy and put in my power outlet? What kind of power does it put out? Most of the converters put out around 100W of continuous power with up to around 150W of peak power.
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From the 2012 Owners Manual:

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POWER INVERTER — IF EQUIPPED

There is a 115 Volt, 150 Watt inverter outlet located on the front of the center console to convert DC current to AC current. This outlet can power cellular phones, electronics and other low power devices requiring power up to 150 Watts. Certain high-end video games, such as Playstation3 and XBox360 will exceed this power limit, as will most power tools.

Power Inverter
The power inverter is designed with built-in overload protection. If the power rating of 150 Watts is exceeded, the power inverter will automatically shut down. Once the electrical device has been removed from the outlet the inverter should automatically reset. If the power rating exceeds approximately 170 Watts, the power inverter may have to be reset manually. To reset the inverter manually press the power inverter button OFF and ON. To avoid overloading the circuit, check the power ratings on electrical devices prior to using the inverter.


The power inverter switch is located on the instrument panel below the climate controls. To turn on the power outlet, press the switch once. The indicator light will illuminate. Press the switch a second time to turn the power inverter outlet off.
Note: When the power inverter switch is pressed, there will be a delay of approximately one second before the inverter indicator light turns ON.

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Ok. Thanks. So, it's just for relatively low powered devices. Most of the better made inverters, made by companies like Stanley, will do the same thing and can be inserted in the existing power outlets.
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I have this in my '08 Grand Caravan. There is not much I can do with it that can't be done with the 12v power ports.

Any body have any creative uses for the 115v outlet?
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I have this in my '08 Grand Caravan. There is not much I can do with it that can't be done with the 12v power ports.

Any body have any creative uses for the 115v outlet?
When the power was out due to Hurricane Irene, I used it to keep my laptop and cell phone charged. Also recharged the 18V Ryobi for the flashlight. Was also able to run an extension cord and run a TV off of it...all well and good til the cable went out, too.
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In searching tonight I found this thread. I am away from my Jeep for a while but was curious about the 115 outlet. I have one but have never used it. Does the ignition need to be on? Do you need the Jeep running? I have a low watt use that would require the engine to be off.
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I use my 115V outlet to power a small 12v battery trickle charger, to keep my Jeep's battery charged when it just sitting in the garage.
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I use my 115V outlet to power a small 12v battery trickle charger, to keep my Jeep's battery charged when it just sitting in the garage.
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You won't get much more than that from any convertor that fits the power outlets. It takes probably 15amps of 12v power to convert to 150W of 115v. (150/12=12.5)
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I use my 115V outlet to power a small 12v battery trickle charger, to keep my Jeep's battery charged when it just sitting in the garage.
Any odds on how long it will be before someone tries that now?
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Any odds on how long it will be before someone tries that now?
It's on my list, right after I perfect my perpetual motion machine.
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It's on my list, right after I perfect my perpetual motion machine.
Your Jeep seems to look like it is in perpetual motion. Doesn't that count?
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It's good for running Christmas lights on an extension cord. On the spare.
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It's good for running Christmas lights on an extension cord. On the spare.
I'd go with LED ones cuz I tried it year before last with non led christmas lights and it got hot and started smelling burnt a few minutes after I turned them on. I guess they drew too much power. I didnt think it would draw enough to cause an issue but it did so thats when I realized that plug in is for very low powered items only. lol
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I'd go with LED ones cuz I tried it year before last with non led christmas lights and it got hot and started smelling burnt a few minutes after I turned them on. I guess they drew too much power. I didnt think it would draw enough to cause an issue but it did so thats when I realized that plug in is for very low powered items only. lol
Oh yeah, should've specified that. It seems like almost all of the new lights are LEDs. If you put 2 LED nets on your spare, it covers it great.
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In searching tonight I found this thread. I am away from my Jeep for a while but was curious about the 115 outlet. I have one but have never used it. Does the ignition need to be on? Do you need the Jeep running? I have a low watt use that would require the engine to be off.
The engine doesn't have to be running, but the key needs to be on- basically the same scenario as the radio.
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Thanks. A real answer, nice. I will be home to my Jeep tonight and I will test this for my application.

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Thanks. A real answer, nice. I will be home to my Jeep tonight and I will test this for my application.

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I have an electric razor that I keep in my center consol that I use the plug to power when I forget to shave and need to before walking into work. I don't use it often but it has come in handy.

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