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bredlo 07-04-2013 03:35 PM

Can you convert 120v appliance to 12v ??
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Hey all,

First post, here. We're renovating a 1950's Airstream trailer, and to balance all the modern cabinetry and fabrics we're incorporating... I'd like to bring in a few vintage looking pieces, including a great, steel 1950's Vornado fan. They're far nicer than modern, plastic stuff... but obviously they're powered by two speed AC motors.

When we're away from a campground it'd be wonderful to run it off our 12v DC batteries, as our hardwired ceiling fans do.

Based on everyone's experience here, would I be best served to:

A- incorporate a clunky transformer that steps down the power?
B- find a brand new 12v fan motor, and swap it into the old fan's enclosure?
C- some other solution I haven't thought of?

Thanks in advance, nice to find a place like this to ask odd questions.

wirenut1110 07-04-2013 03:43 PM

Why not just use a 12V to 120 inverter?

TarheelTerp 07-04-2013 03:46 PM


Originally Posted by wirenut1110 (Post 1211638)
Why not just use a 12V to 120 inverter?

Get a BIG one

And couple of good DEEP CELL batteries
And maybe a rooftop PV set up too
Then you can have more 120V stuff

diystephen 07-04-2013 10:51 PM

A transformer won't help you here. I'd second the recommendation that others have made and go with a good invertor. There's a ton of info on the web for off grid power if you search under "boondocking."

bredlo 07-05-2013 08:16 AM

I'll look into the inverter thing instead, I guess it makes more sense in the long run than rebuilding the few appliances I'd want to use into 12v. Thanks everyone!

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