What is a 12v TV and why would you need one? A 12 volt or 24 volt television runs on much less power than the TV you have at home. They are designed for caravan or motorhomes and work for longer periods than a normal television would running off a 12/24v battery.
12v is the battery current that it would take to run the TV from. You normally would get about 3 hours viewing from a conventional TV if you was running this from a car battery. A 12v TV lasts much, much longer than that and if you’re away in your caravan or motorhome then there is a good chance that you would not have the means to charge up the battery every few hours.
Who would buy a 12v TV? Well most of the 12v television’s sold in the UK go to caravan, motor home users or truck drivers for their cabs. They want a good quality TV for their unit or cab and need this to be powered via a battery for long periods of time and do not want to compromise on picture quality.
Who makes 12v Tvs? There are a number of 12v TVs on the market, from small no brand names which you can pick up for a few hundred pounds to the better quality ones such as Avtex, which is considered one of the best for build quality and picture reproduction.
When buying a 12v TV you really do want one with great build quality, the reason being that most people who buy a 12v TV are looking for a mobile TV for their truck, caravan or boat and when not in use they will be packing their 12v TV away and moving it from its mount. So you do not want a television that will damage easily. You also want it to be digital and be easy to retune if your moving from area to area.
Some 12v TVs even come with a DVD player. This makes watching your DVD movie really easy and in great quality due to the lcd/led screen. You may even get some like the Avtex TVs which will let you play back pre-recorded movies and photos.
Can I mount my 12v TV on a wall? Yes it’s very easy but you will need to buy a mounting bracket. Some 12v Tvs come with a kick plate at the back, this is just a pull out leg which you can use to stand the TV up on a table top. A lot of these TVs are quite light weight which make mounting them easier than a normal home TV.
Could I use my 12v TV in my home? Yes you can and it would function just the same as a regular TV. Some people find that putting a 12v TV into their kitchen works really well but if you do this make sure that you have a water proof one with will prevent steam getting into the system.
Do I need an external TV aerial to pick up TV stations? You will need a TV aerial, but may-be not an external TV aerial depending on the reception in your local area. Many internal TV aerials can pick up digital TV stations and depending on the compatibility of both the TV and of the aerial then some can power the aerial and improve the reception and the picture quality.