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Bought the PDV-709 a few years ago and never really used it. Took it on a trip and found that it would not work when plugged into the outlet in the van while the van was running. If you turn off the van it will work. I'm not sure if it was designed this way but doesn't make any sense. How are you supposed to use it in a vehicle? The only way to use it is to charge the battery and then use it (in a car). But if the battery gets low you have to plug it back in somewhere to charge it back up. And if you can't do it while driving then what is the point of this device? I wanted to take it on a trip and let the kids use it but don't want to have to keep the battery charged up, just want to plug it in to the cigarette lighter and turn it on. Can't do that apparently. Is my unit faulty or what??? You can plug it in in the house with no battery in it and use it. Or, you can have the battery in and still plug it in and use it. It's just for some reason it will not work in any of our vehicles plugged in while the motor is running. What gives, is this useless??

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That's an odd one for sure, but it might be some safety feature so DRIVERS won't use it while driving.
The cheap solution is a 7812 votage regulator - but since the safety circuit is likely in the cigarette plug itself, it's not easy to put the regulator between the source voltage and the circuit input.
So, here's the not-so-technical solution.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6421307&CatId=237
It's a 100W power inverter with USB
For under $20, it turns your cigarette lighter plug into a 120V AC outlet plus has a USB 5V port for things like MP3 players etc that charge off the USB port in the PC.
So basically you just plug in the home adapter into the 120V outlet, and you can watch and charge while driving. Not only that, it'll be good for other low power devices later on, not just this one (like laptop/notebooks blackberry/cellphones, any low power plug in device).
For the price, it's a perfect solution, and you can order online and have it delivered!

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

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