What’s Needed To Run My Xbox One In Truck!

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Adam C.'s Comment
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Hey all,

I was wondering what would be needed to run my Xbox one and Small TV in my truck? What exact equipment is needed (inverter etc). The exact names of the equipment would be awesome.

Also, won’t running an Xbox and TV on a truck battery completely murder the truck battery???

Dan F.'s Comment
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You need a true sine inverter for sensitive electronics like a ps4 or xbox or you will burn out the consoles psu ( done many times)

If your truck has an apu , it will kick on when battery voltage drops and will continue until its charged or until apu on timer reached. If you have a truck with auto start and an epu , the truck will turn on and idle until battery is charged.

If you dont have either , change companies 😁.

A tv can take up to120 watts but most are in the 80 watt realm but game consoles can take up to 230 watts and then you have to add other load requirements like ac and refrigerator ( most apu’s are forced to stay on if ac is running)

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Mikey B.'s Comment
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You need a true sine inverter for sensitive electronics like a ps4 or xbox or you will burn out the consoles psu ( done many times)

If your truck has an apu , it will kick on when battery voltage drops and will continue until its charged or until apu on timer reached. If you have a truck with auto start and an epu , the truck will turn on and idle until battery is charged.

If you dont have either , change companies 😁.

A tv can take up to120 watts but most are in the 80 watt realm but game consoles can take up to 230 watts and then you have to add other load requirements like ac and refrigerator ( most apu’s are forced to stay on if ac is running)

Well I wouldnt go as far as to recommend changing companies over that, most companies DON'T have APUs/EPUs.

Hey all,

I was wondering what would be needed to run my Xbox one and Small TV in my truck? What exact equipment is needed (inverter etc). The exact names of the equipment would be awesome.

Also, won’t running an Xbox and TV on a truck battery completely murder the truck battery???

I run a 2000 watt inverter, not a pure sine just a regular fluctuating current inverter. Without the truck running (no apu/epu) I run a 24" tv, Roku, fan, led light strip and iceless 40qt cooler. I dont run a gaming console however but I have a digital display showing my batteries remaining voltage. When it shows around 12.4 -12.5 mark I start the truck (unless it's already running for A/C) to charge the batteries. In the winter time I add the bunk heater to that load with the same concept. Our trucks run a bank of 4 batteries so it can handle it.

A pure sine inverter is recommended for electronics, I have no problems with my tv or roku but I'd probably get one if I were to run a gaming console. I also run a 300amp inline breaker and recommend you do so also.

I have a 700watt microwave and an instapot but the truck has to be running to use either of those due to the power draw.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

APUs:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Epus:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

40 Days's Comment
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An APU works but the time spent not making money doesn’t. I thought about gaming too and love my APU but don’t have time. Have t.v , laptop, and WiFi but when I’m done driving I spend a few minutes watching the tube while eating and I’m done 1hr. 8 hr sleep. Wake up showered shaved coffee 1hr and the break Is over then it’s $$$. You can make time but not money it’s definitely a balance gotta give something up hopefully not a shower or money.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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An APU works but the time spent not making money doesn’t. I thought about gaming too and love my APU but don’t have time. Have t.v , laptop, and WiFi but when I’m done driving I spend a few minutes watching the tube while eating and I’m done 1hr. 8 hr sleep. Wake up showered shaved coffee 1hr and the break Is over then it’s $$$. You can make time but not money it’s definitely a balance gotta give something up hopefully not a shower or money.

That is true however for a dedicated gamer they will have time. What about when you have ti wait half a day for your appointment time or on your 34 resets? There is time to enjoy life while also making money. Truckers have to learn how to balance the two or risk burnout.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

BardTale's Comment
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I'm one of those gaming truckers. That said, im not sure what inverters JB Hunt uses, but my truck came with a 1500 watt pre-installed.

My truck (currently) is an early 18 freightliner and although it doesn't have an auto idle or an APU , it can run my gaming laptop for about 3 hours with the engine off.

In terms of actual gaming, I may play for about an hour or so in the nights, but I set my hard bedtime limit to 2100 and wakeup between 0400-0600 depending on my pickup/delivery.

It's all about moderation. As a trucker, you just have to play the best trucking sim in the world. And it's got to be the top priority in your life. The moment that the gaming machine controls you, thats when things become a slippery slope of failure. Good luck fellow gaming trucker brother! :)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

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