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Originally Posted by idrive View Post
I have a "factory" 400 W inverter in my truck. For charging a cell phone it's not much different than plugging in at home. In other words, it works great, charges fast.

As long as the 12V outlet is switched, turns off when you turn the car off - go for it. If the outlet is not switched be sure and remember to unplug it each time you turn the car off.
EDIT: Be sure and check the draw the inverter has on the circuit. Compare that to the fuse that runs the 12V outlet. I'd guess there's a 20 or 30 amp fuse protecting the 12V
I am sure that it turns OFF. Then it is safe to use. Since you mentioned the fuse, this should remind me that I should use the battery terminals if I'll be maximizing the capacity of the inverter.

If it's just for charging a laptop, I think the cigarette plug will do.

Thank you for the reminder about the fuse. That is something I didn't think of.
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