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Old 03-22-2015, 09:34 AM   #1
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how to charge phones while boondocking

We purchased a 28rl sunset reserve last spring. We love the camper it serves our needs very well. One thing that been troubling no where to charger cell phones inside the camper, or watch news and weather on the tv. Our last camper had a 12th connection next to the TV so a 20.00 adapter was the ticket. What have other people done, inverter/converter wired in , or 12th installed. Looking for ideas for best options. We both enjoy boondocking you can get some nice sites, not many neighors, and the price is normally more better. Again any ideas would be greatly appreciated .
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:40 AM   #2
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If you have a cigar/12V plug in your tv you can plug your charger into that.
That's what we do.
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:44 AM   #3
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You should have a cigarette type adapter somewhere on your TT. Certainly in your truck. Brunton makes several nice rechargeable power sources including solar. I carry one that is maybe 2.5" square and 1/4" thick when I hunt or hike to recharge my cell.
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:00 AM   #4
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The only 12th station is in the front storage area. That is great for outdoor charging however when your inside or want to watch tv not so much. my wife just suggested a charge box. We could use as a potable battery. We have a power front jack and stabilizers. This would make for a handy back up. We do have two batteries and led lights in our most used lights. In a former life we ran out of battery power , that made connecting a real pain(many lessons learned that weekend in many areas. It was like getting you PhD in a single weekend. ). Any one have suggestions on this idea.
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I don't think you will ever have to worry about killing the battery on your tv by charging your phone.

Like Tim, I also have a 12V receptacle in the wall behind the television. Also one upstairs behind where the television goes.

You could also wire in an inverter off your house batteries on the camper.
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Since the wife is too high maintenance for boondocking and because, so far, I usually have to have a work laptop with me, we usualy just usb into the laptop or have a 110v cable to cellphone adapter...

There's lot's of solutions, just depends on how fast you want it, how long it needs to last, and how many dollars

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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...phone+chargers

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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...phone+chargers
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:31 AM   #7
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We were really surprised that there wasn't a 12v next to television. Or inside of camper. The outdoor in storage compartment seemed strange. You have to be looking for it to find it. We got spoiled with last camper where you charge phone, check out news and weather as well as catching a Netflix movie if desired.
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You have to be careful, those 12V outlets by the Television are only rated for light duty, and have an internal fuse. BTW, many televisions have a USB outlet, and a phone can be charged off of it. But if you want a heavy-duty 12V outlet, tap it off of the power distribution panel, or off of the battery itself. Our television runs on 12V, we don't have to use the optional 120 vac-to-12vdc adapter. But then that uses up the only 12V outlet in the house!
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Second input. I offered this earlier on a CPAP while boondocking thread. I have a Stanley (also made by B&D and others) 12V power supply that is a jump starter, an air compressor, and it has a 400 watt 120VAC inverter, two 12 VDC outlets, and a USB outlet. It would charge cell phones for days, and a small flat-screen for hours, without even tapping into the house battery. Also good for other emergencies, it can be charged when you get to shore power, or even from you truck's 12V outlet while driving into town for supplies.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:30 PM   #10
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I want to thank everyone for there input. Ideas were presented that I thought of, however you guys presented detail that I had not through, being under powered etc. I really like Marty idea with charger it's flexibility . I also use a CPAP, instead of going the battery route the Stanley charger makes more sense. Again thanks.
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