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Old 04-26-2017, 11:28 AM   #1
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What size TV? (I'm a hockey nut)

Hey guys,

In planning my skoolie for fulltime living, one of my "needs" (not really a need, but definitely a "would like to have")... is being able to watch hockey...... Go Bolts, just not this year's playoffs ....


So, I was wondering if anyone has experimented with "larger" size TV's running off of a battery bank/ inverter / solar charger - and what success you've had.

I'd like to think I could get something bigger than a 20" TV / Monitor - but I imagine it would be pretty unrealistic to think I could fit my existing 50" TV.

Are there "medium" to "large'ish" TVs available that are energy efficient enough for this use?

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Old 04-26-2017, 12:03 PM   #2
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I use a 32" TV with a wall mount rated for 80 lbs. That size TV is easily adequate and the adjustable wall mount can swivel towards the front or rear of the bus.

Ideally a ceiling mounted projection TV system and a seven foot wide screen would be nice.

Out of curiosity how would you get your TV signal? Mobile satellite TV?
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Old 04-26-2017, 12:06 PM   #3
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I've never put a TV in my bus before, but as far as power draw goes most TV manufacturers put specs on their website, so you can use that along with your battery bank size and inverter efficiency to decide what you can fit.

Here's a link of top rated energy efficient TVs: https://enervee.com/televisions/

One thing to be cautious of: I've read that some TV's don't like being run by a Modified Sine Wave (MSW) inverter, so if that's what you've got you may want to check compatibility or get a good return policy.
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Old 04-26-2017, 12:49 PM   #4
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I recently saw a 32" TV with DVD built in that ran off of 12 volt.

TVs are not much of a power consumer anyway. Most TVs take about the same amount of power as a 60 or 80 watt incandescent bulb after they're warmed up. Pretty cheap entertainment, and it can easily run from a battery.
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Old 04-26-2017, 01:04 PM   #5
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I use a 32" TV with a wall mount rated for 80 lbs. That size TV is easily adequate and the adjustable wall mount can swivel towards the front or rear of the bus.

Ideally a ceiling mounted projection TV system and a seven foot wide screen would be nice.

Out of curiosity how would you get your TV signal? Mobile satellite TV?
That's actually one of the next items on the list to figure out... right now I'm renting a small house, so I'm "on grid" with internet and cable - but once I'm in the skoolie fulltime, I'm not yet sure. I've read about wifi hotspots, but I don't think that'd be enough for streaming something like a hockey game... I really wouldn't have much 'live' use for a TV other than Football/Hockey - the rest of the time it'd be DVD's on occasion.

As far as signal - I'm going to look into satellite or maybe just continuing with wifi cable/internet and just keep switching once I relocate - but that'd be a pain in the butt each time.

The good news is, there's plenty of time to figure it out
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Old 04-26-2017, 01:05 PM   #6
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I've never put a TV in my bus before, but as far as power draw goes most TV manufacturers put specs on their website, so you can use that along with your battery bank size and inverter efficiency to decide what you can fit.

Here's a link of top rated energy efficient TVs: https://enervee.com/televisions/

One thing to be cautious of: I've read that some TV's don't like being run by a Modified Sine Wave (MSW) inverter, so if that's what you've got you may want to check compatibility or get a good return policy.
thanks for the link, it'll come in handy!
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I have a friend who lives off-grid and has a 1000Ah battery bank and 1280w worth of solar panels. He was running a cheapo 50" LCD TV off of his cheapo 2000w modified sine wave inverter without a hitch. That is, until he put a 2x4 through the screen while doing some remodeling.

I checked the inverter display for the output one evening and it was putting out ~300 watts with the TV on plus a couple smaller household items and lights. At that rate he could have the TV on for 24 hours and his battery bank would be at 50% SoC.
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Was thinking of one for DVD's and an old Super Nintendo for the passengers while driving.
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