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If you need to enjoy your favorite games or stream Netflix or other shows while out on the road in the car or truck then you may need to consider an inverter that can run your Xbox one.
So, what size of inverter (watts) should you use? And, how can you safely wire it to power the Xbox without damage and drain to its battery?
Read on to find what inverter size (watts) you can use with an Xbox One, battery capacity(Ah) plus tips to safely connect it to the car battery.
Inverter for Xbox one Game console
You can power the Xbox one game console using a 400 – 500 watt pure sine inverter or larger.
The Power consumption of an Xbox one game console
The power consumption of an Xbox one during gaming is up to 200 watts which can be handled by a 400-500 watt inverter.
You’ll need to plan for a TV screen too. A 42″ LED TV draws an estimated 50-80 watts.
The combined power draw of the Xbox one game console and the TV screen can be adequately handled by a 400-500 watt inverter.
Tips to power an Xbox one from the car -Do not plug the inverter into a cigarette lighter socket
Hardwire the inverter directly to the car battery or leisure battery. Do not use the car or truck’s cigarette lighter socket to power the inverter.
Depending on the car model, cigarette lighter sockets may only be able to handle up to 150-200 watts.
A 400-watt inverter at maximum power draws in excess of that and will lead to overheating and damage to the cigarette lighter sockets.
Also note: Some manufacturers overate the capacity of their inverters. Therefore stick to reputable brands to avoid the risk of using an undersized inverter. It may overheat, shut down, and fail prematurely.
The battery capacity of for 500-watt inverter
Use a 100Ah, AGM, or 50Ah LiFeP04 battery to power the inverter. At full power, the battery can provide an estimated 1 hour or so of runtime before being discharged to 50% of its capacity.
Need more than 1 hour of gameplay, keep the car engine or truck running to keep the battery topped up or use a larger battery capacity (Ah).
What Size Inverter for a TV and (PS4, PS5 or Xbox 360)
Use a 400-watt pure sine wave inverter or larger to power both the TV and either the PS4, PS5, or Xbox 360. This is more than enough to provide the estimated 200 watts that the game console uses during gameplay and about 50 watts for the TV.
The actual power draw of the game console during streaming is lower, up to 100 watts compared to the 200 watts or so during gameplay.
Alternative Power sources for an Xbox One?
Rather than use an inverter-battery setup, you may use a portable power station to power the Xbox one, PS4, or PS5 and TV too.
The portable power stations can usually be charged using solar panels, the van or truck’s cigarette lighter socket, or a wall outlet.
With a portable power station, there’s more convenience – you can play away from the van or truck. Plus, you do not have to keep the car engine running for fear of draining the car starter battery.
You can use a 400-500 watt pure sine waver inverter or higher to provide power to your Xbox one. This inverter size also adequately provides for an estimated 50 watts of a display TV.
Alternatively, plug the Xbox one and TV into a suitably sized portable power solution.