Cobra Electronics showed the world a new line of inverters for truckers at MATS on Thursday. The AC to CD converters, all handsomely designed, range from the Cobra CPI 190 that provides 130 watts to the CPI 2590 that serves up 2,500 watts, enough to run a household or small business, never mind a sleeper cab. Of course, inverters are the the convenient gizmos that turn the DC power in your truck into the AC power that runs almost everything else.
|The CPI 2590 serves up 2,500 watts and lists for $299.95.|
“I could watch television, make supper in the microwave, and vacuum the sleeper at the same time,” said a trucker who stopped just long enough to comment, then moved back into the crowd.
“He’s right,” said Ramon Sandoval, Cobra’s Ramon Sandoval.
Of course the new line of Cobra inverters run the gamut between those two extremes. The two smallest inverters plug into your dashboard DC power source – or cigarette lighter if you prefer. The CPI 190 plugs in on one end and offers a three-prong outlet at the other. The next plug-in model up the line is the CPI 290CH, which resembles a coffee cup and is designed to sit on a coffee cup holder in your truck. It connects to the DC power through a wire and the three prong plug opening is on the top.
Cobra calls those two products its “recreational models.” The 130 watt CPI 190 lists for $39.95; the coffee-cup model, 200 watt CPI 290CH , lists for $49.95.
|The 200 watt CPI 290CH coffee-cup model goes for $49.95.|
The balance of the line, the “professional models,” are built to be installed and linked to the battery. They range from the 400 Watt CPI 490 to that 2,500 watt CPI 2590 with three models in between offering 800, 1,000, and 1,500 watts of AC power respectively. They range in price from $49.95 to $299.95.
All the models are neatly designed and will look good installed even as they provide maximum convenience in the cab and sleeper.