With the arrival of Spring, my motorhome has been finally allowed out of storage and for its first outing, we travelled from Upstate New York over to Warwick, Rhode Island. This gave me the opportunity to test out two other Bestek inverters from the range Doug looked at back in March (see our review). The first one I’ll be looking at is the Bestek MRI1511C 150W 12v Power Inverter.
Firstly, what is an inverter? An inverter is a device that converts direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC). An AC or mains powered device can then connect to the inverter, powered by the vehicle’s battery. The limit being the power rating, or Wattage of the inverter.
What’s in the Box?
The MRI1511C’s box is made of fairly thick corrugated cardboard that gives it extra strength. The front gives a brief description of its features and a summary of devices that it’s aimed at powering. The rear gives a fuller description of those devices, a description of features and a note on how to calculate the safe load limit of the unit.
Let’s take a look inside:
On opening the box you’ll find:-
- Bestek MRI1511C 150W 12v Power Inverter
- Instruction Leaflet
- 150W power inverter with 2 USB ports and one AC outlet.
- Rotatable cigar lighter plug.
- Converts 12-volt DC power from a vehicle battery to 120-volt AC power. Rated 150W, Max 180W.
- Dual USB Charger: Dual USB ports offer 3.1A power for charging up to 2 devices at once.
- Compact size, portable and convenient, it goes in and out of the outlet easily.
- Protections – Short circuit, overload, over temperature, low battery, over battery voltage.
The device is made of fairly thick plastic that is strong enough to take the odd knock or tumble onto the floor. On the rear are two USB ports, one rated at 2.1A – suitable for charging iPads or other large USB-powered devices and the other at 1A – suitable for charging iPhones and other smartphones. There is also one AC outlet designed for charging larger devices such as laptops, notebooks, DVD/Bluray players and other larger mobile devices – even a small fridge. High power devices such as hair dryers would cause the inverter to shut down with the LED indicator showing red. The inverter also shuts down when it detects low battery voltage, protecting against a flat battery. The LED indicator is positioned under the USB ports.
The top and sides have ventilation holes and the small cooling fan is visible underneath. Once plugged into an outlet, the device can then move up and down or left and right depending how it’s positioned in the outlet.
Using the MRI1511C 150W 12v Power Inverter
The MRI1511C 150W 12v Power Inverter just plugs into any 12v outlet, and you’re ready to go! It’s small compact size makes positioning very easy and it takes up a very small amount of space. I used it to charge my camera’s battery, iPhone and iPad during the journey over to Warwick.
When not in use, the device is small enough to stow away in the glove box or armrest storage until the next time it’s needed.
The MRI1511C 150W 12v Power Inverter is so easy to use. Just plug in and go. It’s small compact size makes connecting devices easy and it doesn’t take up lots of space. When not in use, the device is small enough to stow away in the glove box or armrest storage until the next time it’s needed.
At around $18.95 online, the MRI1511C 150W 12v Power Inverter is great value for money and no traveller should leave home without one in their glove box!