Motorhome Electrical Adapters - How To Choose The Right One(s)
Adapter plugs are without doubt one of the most popular electrical devices in the motorhome. It is important to note that adapter plugs generally don’t convert electricity; they simply allow the plug of the device you are using to snugly fit into the foreign outlet. When choosing an adapter for your motorhome, there are certain factors you need to take into serious consideration.
The first thing you need to do is to check the output voltage, the current and the wattage. Normally, the current (mA) and volts are printed on both the device that is meant to use the adapter as well as the adapter itself. it is very important that you ensure that you choose a voltage that’s equal to the original voltage and be of the same type, either AC or DC.
When you are choosing the current (mA) that you want to use, make sure that you choose one that has a current account that’s slightly higher than or equal to the original amount of current. Never choose one that’s lower as this is bound to destroy your appliance. Also, when you are choosing the wattage (w) make sure you choose a wattage that’s equal or higher than the original amount. Never choose one that has a lower wattage.
For your output polarity, you should always ensure that you don’t choose an adapter with the wrong polarity. This is because AC to DC adapters will have either a positive or negative center whereas as an AC to AC adapter will have no polarity requirements. There are also a number of different output plugs one should consider. The output plug size is most often measured and expresses in millimeters (mm). this therefore implies that a plug size of 6.5mm Outer Diameter (OD) x 3.1mm Inner Diameter (ID) basically means that the inner diameter is 3.1mm whereas the outer diameter is 6.5mm.
Always keep in mind that watts or wattage is normally the amount of power a device uses. Therefore, depending on the converter, low watts range between 25W and 50W, this is typical of small personal electronics which you may have in the motorhome. On the other hand, electrical heating units usually require a high setting since they can consume anything between 1000 watts and 2000 watts.
It is also worth mentioning that when using an adapter, the voltage specification you should be on the lookout for depends on the input voltage of the device you are using. For devices such as laptops, many manufacturers have settled on basically two voltage systems, these are the 19V and 12V even though there are still those that use 15V. To get the correct output voltage in such a case would be to check your AC power adapter.
You should also get an adapter that has a built in fuse on the input which protects the unit against unstable utility outlet output. Most of the time, there is normally some kind of power surge or drop which may flow into the adapter and if left unchecked, the surge current may damage not only the adapter but also the device. The best adapters usually have the adapter placed on the main body of the adapter, this is ideal since it makes it easy to replace the fuse in the event that it gets spoilt.
As a general rule, always make sure that you carry a motorhome adapter that works with both the 50amp and 30amp, a male to female extension amp, a motorhome adapter plug as well as one or two replacement plugs just in case you need to hook up to electricity in a camp ground.
Here are some of the common motorhome electrical adapters readily available in the market. They include but are not limited to the following:
1) Product Name: Marinco Right Angle RV Adapter (50Amp)
Product Details: this adapter allows you to convert your existing 50Amp detachable power cord from what can be considered a straight connection to a right angle connection. Has a grip lock handle design that allows for easy hookup as well as correct blade alignment with the inlet even in the absence of light.
Product Details: this grip locking connector does reduce strain on the cord and allows one to make easy connection in relatively tight spots. Its threaded locking ring does help create a weatherproof connection and is 25 feet in length.
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