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#1 of 21 115v power outlets?
Mar 30, 2009 (3:52 pm)
just got home with my 09 Sienna XLE and have a question. I see the two 115v outlets - can these be used for anything? can i plug my laptop in there and run it continuously while the car is running? i realize when parked it will drain the battery but i'm looking for some guidelines as to what i can use and how long - both while the car is off and when the engine is running.
thanks so much!
Apr 23, 2009 (3:49 am)
#3 of 21 Re: help? [eddieras]
Apr 23, 2009 (1:04 pm)
I'm sure the power output is limited, but it can probably charge a laptop. I don't think those draw too much power.
Check in the owner's manual for the limit on amps.
#4 of 21 Re: help? [ateixeira]
Apr 23, 2009 (1:10 pm)
thanks - appreciate the input - just wondering what people use these for. we're doing a long (1 mo) cross country trip and i'm planning ahead! perhaps a george forman grill!
#5 of 21 Re: help? [eddieras]
Apr 23, 2009 (1:44 pm)
Those may pull moe power, and if so you may end up blowing a fuse.
It's probably meant for things like laptops, portable DVD players, and Nintendo DS/PSP portable gaming systems.
#6 of 21 Re: 115v power outlets? [eddieras]
Apr 25, 2009 (9:51 am)
Your 115 VAC power probably comes from a CHEAP(***) MSW (Modified Sine Wave) 150-200 Watt inverter. Not compatible with MANY AC devices/components. Consult your owners manual before plugging anything into that supply.
*** Relative to doing it correctly, PSW, Pure Sine Wave, inverter.
#7 of 21 Re: 115v power outlets? [eddieras]
Oct 04, 2009 (4:29 am)
my owner's manual says do not use appliances that require a combined total of more than 100W. if more than 100 W is used, the protection circuit will cut the power supply.
my laptop uses 90 W (per the fine print on the power adapter). I use my laptop all the time. What I don't know is the following:
is the limit of 100 W total for the sienna between the two outlets and therefore I only have 10 W that can be used in the other outlet or is it 100 W per outlet so if I had another laptop I could run it in the other outlet at the same time.
the manual seems to imply it is total for both outlets combined but does not say so explicitly
#8 of 21 Re: 115v power outlets? [vince113]
Oct 04, 2009 (8:38 am)
100 watts equals roughly 10-12 amps from your 12 volt system and manufacturers often choose a 15 amp limit for this sort of option, cigarette lighter, etc.
#9 of 21 Re: 115v power outlets? [wwest]
Oct 05, 2009 (8:52 pm)
Does that mean I can use only one laptop (90Watts) per van
or one laptop per outlet => two laptops per van (180 Watts) assuming we've only got two AC outlets
#10 of 21 Re: 115v power outlets? [vince113]
Oct 06, 2009 (9:34 am)
My bet would be that provided the laptop battery is already fully charged the typical current draw, wattage use, of your laptop would be in the range of 30-50 watts. 90 watts is probably the maximum rating of the laptop's 115 VAC power supply and only rises to that level with the laptop componentry powered and charging a fully discharged laptop battery.