Ask PYS: Accessories

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Can I Run LED Lights in Series?, on Aug 01, 2017 asked:

I recently purchased some LED fixtures that would like to wire them into an existing circuit, however they would be in series. Is this advisable with LED’s? -Tom

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Can I Use A 300W Inverter To Run A Small TV/DVD Player?, on Feb 28, 2017 asked:

I read your "12 Days of Christmas Gadget Roundup" in the December, 2015 Pacific Yachting Magazine. I bought one of the inverters you mentioned, anticipating that it would come with a cigarette lighter plug. As it turns out, there are only two wires, the black and red. No problem, I thought, I'll just wire in the cigarette lighter plug, although the wires did look very 'fat' for that sort of a plug. As it turns out, both my local electrical gurus say that the inverter will draw too much for a cigarette lighter plug and I will just blow fuses. The inverter is like the one in the article although it is 350 watts, not 300. On the packaging box, there a series of blank squares where the contents are checked off. Following these descriptions, it appears that there is no 300 watt inverter but there is a 12/180 and a 12/350. Did something change in the manufacture's specs? The need is for a small LCD TV and DVD player. Should I try the 12/180 or should I find some way to wire in the 12/350. Many thanks, Mark

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What Are The Power Requirements To Run A Nest Camera On My Boat?, on Sep 15, 2016 asked:

What are the power requirements of a Nest Camera? What is the amperage draw, at rest, in standby and when filming? I was wondering if the camera would place a significant draw on the battery bank when the boat and battery charger were not connected to shore power. - Gary

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Anne – Marine Cameras, on Jun 16, 2014 asked:

Does PYS sell any equipment that allows us to fish while viewing a screen showing where our boat is heading via a mounted camera? We currently have Garmin electronics.

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Tom – Shore Power, on Jan 27, 2014 asked:

I have been away for the last two months and due to Thunderbird redoing all their slips where I was docked, I am on the hard for the winter. All they had for power was 15amp. I plugged in the shower power system and hooked up a few minor boat heaters and little fans. They were plugged in to the electrical outlets so they should work on AC. My friend was to go by and make sure they were running. He called to say that breaker on the outdoor power pole was tripping. So I suggested turning the inverter off. This turned off the AC, which confuses me. I think it is the inverter drawing all the power, then tripping the 15amp breaker. I am thinking there must be a way to bypass the inverter, maybe a standby mode where the AC plugs will still work. As well, with the battery charger off, am I risking discharging the AGM batteries and the other batteries as well?

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Jessica, on Mar 16, 2010 asked:

Does the Fusion iPod deck system accommodate all types of Apple iPods? How does the iPod stay dry?

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