NPower Portable Inverter - 400 Watts
400 WATTS Not Enough
I own an "ancient" power 400 WATT power converter that has worked fine for 20+ years and is still working. I thought I'd try newer technology with the same power rating and hook it through the cigarette lighter to make set-up much easier. We use the converter to power a 250W amplifier speaker system for our Dixieland Band when when we do several parades a year. Unfortunately, the new power converter did not hold up under pressure and cut in and out during our last engagement. We will attempt to hook it up directly to the battery next time and see how it functions. I hope it will work better for our needs. Otherwise, back to the old faithful.
September 27, 2014
Good value in a compact package
Chinese-made inverter, identical to inverters sold under the Cen-Tech brand and others. It has a compact design with on-off button switch and internal fan that cycles on/off as needed to cool the unit. I have been using this one for a couple of weeks in a 100-watt solar panel system with two marine batteries for power storage, powering a laptop PC (about 150 Watts) and a radio-based internet/telephone communications system (an additional 100 Watts). Good value!
September 23, 2014
Delivers more power than expected. The USB port allows us to charge multiple items at on time.
June 14, 2014
Use almost daily in service vehicle and have had no problems, keep my batteries charged for power tools and I like the USB plug for my cell phone
February 4, 2014
Great Product and Great Value!!
I purchased a few of these to put in our service trucks for our technicians to be able to power up their laptops and other equipment. Not one complaint on these. They have worked great for everyone!!
February 4, 2014
Northern tool hit a home run with this excellent priced inverter. Great to run coffee maker and small fridge when we travel. Works excellent off cite as well to run power tools. I highly recommend this product, you cannot beat its price or performance. Glad we purchased it.
January 14, 2014
Ask the questions first
Two things discovered after opening the box.
1.) Max current from the cigarette lighter is 120 watts. There is a tag on the lighter cord indicating this.
2.) This unit isn't designed to work in the winter or Arizona (that is; below 32 degrees or above 104 degrees F).
Also there are a couple of inaccuracies in the Q&A section.
1.) I could not find nor did the manual reference
"two 25A mini slip fuses". Maybe disassembly is required to get to them? In the troubleshooting section of the manual, if there isn't any power output, it doesn't even suggest checking fuses. There is an 8A/250V slow blow fuse in the tip of the lighter cord however.
2.) In my case, the fan came on the instant a 10W load was applied, therefore not being "controlled by a thermostat".
A very good thing about the unit is that the two outlets grab plugged in cords really tightly.
October 4, 2013
Rockstar that gets the job done
I first picket up of these units to connect to a car battery for a renegade power supply for music/lights/fan while camping and it got the job done. Since then I have increased the setup to a mobile cart with 6 12v SLAs for the total completely portable party solution. The PartyHardCart oficially endorses NPower inverters as a reliable cost effective device for getting AC power off the grid!
September 18, 2013
45 day failure
I bought this inverter to replace one I had for about 10 years which finally failed. I thought I'd try it for the price. It lasted about 45 days, actually less because I used it about 2-3 hours a day to power my laptop about 3 days a week for six weeks. I'd say it lasted about 45 hours. I would not recommend this product.
June 28, 2013
Best little inverter ever. I keep with my camping gear for all my electrical camping needs. Thanks NTE!!!!
October 15, 2012