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Old 06-05-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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Default Boondocking but need DVD for kids at night

We have a two and four year old and we will be boondocking for five days. We are really good at conserving water, but need the DVD for wind down time at night. Any ideas how to get enough electricity to do it? We have looking into generators, but we hate camping in a beautiful spot and messing it up with noise. We have also considered the two battery idea, but not sure about the result. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks.
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If you use one of the small DVD players that has a screen and you use 2, 12 volt batteries and a small 110 inverter or use a DVD player that plugs directly into 12 volt, and you only play one movie a night you should make 5 days with no problem. We have a 19 inch flat screen and a DVD player only, both are very low watts. We can watch 4 or more movies with 2 -- 12 volt batteries. Even this combination should play 5 movies. If you use lights and other 12 volt items this will reduce your play time. If you have a Fantastic fan don't run it or battery life will be greatly reduced. The small DVD player with screen is your best option. We have boondocked a lot in the past but we also have a generator. The Honda 2000 is very quiet, but it does make some noise. A 100 watt solar panel will keep you going also,
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:02 PM   #3
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We have a small DVD player that is 12 volt and rechargeable, from Walmart or Amazon. We usually start off from home with the DVD player battery fully charged and then plug into the twelve volt plug in the trailer. You can play it a long time without draining the trailer battery. You may want to consider getting two deep cycle batteries and also converting your lights to LED. That way you can extend your time between charges significantly.
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I just bought a Sony BluRay portable player (BDP-SX910)... Battery life is awesome and it came with both 110 and 12v chargers. Kinda pricey, but I had (have) a cheapy one and the battery usually doesn't last a whole movie, this one last 2+ movies.

Besides, this one HDMI out so I can use it with a regular tv and don't have to buy one with built in DVD player... never liked that idea anyway too much to go wrong and when the DVD goes out... then what? You either buy another one or a portable unit or a small unit.
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Cool!! I never thought about there being BluRay portables. That should do the trick for you. Our DVD player is getting a little temperamental, I may have to look for one of those sometime. It has played too many Big Bang Theory episodes.
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Do you know the wattage draw on the DVD player? It should say in manual or on box or on back label or something.

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Do you know the wattage draw on the DVD player? It should say in manual or on box or on back label or something.

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It says DC 12 V 1.5 A 8.5W when playing BD-ROM using headphones
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I would put in a solar panel, no noise and it's the green way to go,2 batteries would also help
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THey still make DC powered TV's, they are harder to find, and are about 100 more than same non DC tv (in this case Television you know, not tow vehicle).

I was chasing down one myself, since I boondock and dont run generator late at night if I dont have to. I found one made by Naxa, 24 inch with built in DVD, and it was $300 I think a 20 inch one is cheaper and I thought I had saved the shortcuts (links) when I started this reply, but I didnt I guess I gave up.

http://www.bundlecity.com/c-28-ac-dc-tvs.aspx or search for models you see there, or another

24 12 Volt TV HD Widescreen w/Digital Tuner DVD Player SD USB NTD2452 - $306.00 : $275 plus ship. I saw them at otehr outlets somewhere too, but hopefully that helps.

Jenson makes them as well... it is just hard to find if you dont have the time to search all over.

portable DVD is cheaper, but I will have me one of these TV's soon, so I can watch OTA TV...
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People tell me that the old tube sets are still more efficient than flat screen had models. Of course I don't know what amp draw is on the little converter boxes u need to pick up digital signals these days. That said, the 1.5 amp draw on davidc's DVD player is pretty impressive. With my two not-so-great battereys I still get around 110 amp hours total which is a lot of movie time on davidc's machine. Boon docking with ac tv over dc means figuring cost of inverter and slight increase of amp draw. Friend of mine uses his laptop with tv card for all of it.
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