anyone hack the OEM inverter ?

Discussion in '120-Series Toyotas' started by half k cruiser, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. half k cruiser

    half k cruiser

    Messages:
    5,618
    Likes Received:
    2,388
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2011
    Location:
    Kansas
    So the single rear 110v 2 prong outlet has been great for when my 10yo daughter want's to charge her cell phone. However, other than that, it leaves a lot to be desired. I am assuming this is a 400w inverter ? Has anyone here hacked into it for more functionality ? I'm thinking maybe some additional USB charging ports, or maybe installing a 3 prong outlet so you can plug a computer into it.
     
  2. JLee

    JLee

    Messages:
    982
    Likes Received:
    279
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    If I recall, the label on mine says it's 100w. You can use a 2 prong adapter to plug other stuff in it (which I've done for my fridge), but it's not going to handle any significant load.
     
  3. half k cruiser

    half k cruiser

    Messages:
    5,618
    Likes Received:
    2,388
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2011
    Location:
    Kansas
    That's about 300w lower than what I thought they put in them. I thought the Matrix and Tacoma's and maybe a few others came with 400w inverters ?
     
  4. Cringe

    Cringe

    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    34
    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2016
    Location:
    Tennessee
    I had thought about getting rid of mine since it's close to useless, but I managed to let the magic smoke out of my good inverter so it will live on for a while longer. My plan was to use the existing switch wiring to turn on a bigger/better inverter hidden behind the trim panels with a conventional socket mounted in the old socket location.
     
  5. BlackCat

    BlackCat

    Messages:
    614
    Likes Received:
    561
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2015
    Location:
    Scottsdale, AZ
    That turd IS totally useless. Won’t even run a coffee pot.
     
  6. Dharma Dude

    Dharma Dude

    Messages:
    319
    Likes Received:
    143
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2016
    Location:
    Palo Alto, California
    On my GX470 manual, it says the inverter is way in the back. Can you confirm?

    There is no room back there to put in a larger inverter, and even if you could, you have to run large guage wiring that can handle the amperage. If it were me, I would install a more powerful inverter nearer the battery, to minimize large guage DC wiring, and then run smaller guage AC wiring back.
     
  7. JLee

    JLee

    Messages:
    982
    Likes Received:
    279
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    It charges my goal zero just fine.

    Coffee pots have very high power requirements, just like any electronic heater.
     
  8. BlackCat

    BlackCat

    Messages:
    614
    Likes Received:
    561
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2015
    Location:
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Still sucks, haha.
     
  9. JLee

    JLee

    Messages:
    982
    Likes Received:
    279
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    You'd need something like this for a coffee machine.

    I don't like coffee, so my inverter works great. :p
     
    BlackCat likes this.
  10. BlackCat

    BlackCat

    Messages:
    614
    Likes Received:
    561
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2015
    Location:
    Scottsdale, AZ
    It works great charging my flash lights and stuff, and I use it quite a bit. I’m just being a complainer.
     
  11. Sleepy

    Sleepy

    Messages:
    314
    Likes Received:
    120
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Location:
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    It is weak. Get a french press and heat water with a jet boil. So much more useful and better coffee too!
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.