Cobra CPI880

800-watt power inverter with USB and 2 AC outlets

  • Cobra CPI880

    Cobra CPI880 power inverter

  • Cobra CPI880

    Plenty of power for your next tailgate

  • Cobra CPI880

    Two AC outlets, plus a USB output

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by Jon Paulette

With 800 watts of continuous power, Cobra's CPI880 inverter is the one to have when you want all the comforts of home (or office) with you when you're traveling. It converts your car's battery power, so you can power office equipment and household appliances from your vehicle. You'll have all the power you need to keep up with work or whip up dinner.

Cobra's CPI880 inverter

This converter can power a blender, a food processor, a small refrigerator, or even many large flat-screen TVs, so it'll come in handy for tailgating. In addition to the two AC outlets, you'll also find a USB output for charging phones, tablets, handheld video games, laptops, and more.

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  • 800 watts continuous, 1600 watts peak power
  • dual AC outlets and USB output
  • compact design is ideal for travel
  • direct-to-battery cables included
  • dimensions: 8-5/8"W x 3"H x 5-1/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • DC to AC power inverter
  • 28" 12-gauge cable with terminal clamps
  • Operating Instructions
  • Product Registration card

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Overview: The Cobra CPI 880 power inverter provides household (AC) power from your vehicle's battery. The inverter has two 3-pronged AC outlets for household appliances or a laptop, as well as a USB charging port (Type A) for your mobile phone, tablet, iPod, or other USB devices.

Typical Uses: The CPI 880 provides 800 watts of continuous power, and is recommended for powering household appliances, electronics, and office equipment. It comes with a direct-to-battery cable with terminal clamps for connecting the inverter to your vehicle's battery.

Protection Circuits: The CPI 880 has a number of protection circuits for safe operation. These circuits include: overload, short-circuit, over-temperature, reverse polarity, and under/over voltage. The inverter has a cooling fan that increase speed as the load increases and stops when there is no load.

Alarm: The inverter has a built-in alarm that will sound when the DC input voltage is getting low (10.2-10.8V). The inverter will shut down when the voltage gets down to 9.2-9.8V.


  • Output Voltage: 109-120 Volts AC; 60 Hz (+/- 2 Hz)
  • Output Power: 800 Watts maximum continuous
  • Surge Rating Power: 1600 Watts peak (0.1 second) (startup capacity)
  • Peak Efficiency (12V--1/2 Load): 88%
  • Efficiency (12V--full load): 83%
  • Output Waveform (resistive load): Modified sine wave
  • USB Output: 5 Volts DC continuous
  • Input Voltage: 10.4 to 14.4 Volts DC
  • Shutdown Voltage: 9.2-9.8 Volts DC
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 104°F
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1 question already asked

Can this be hard wired to the battery and placed inside the car, planning on using it for a long road trip. If so, is there any affects on the battery, what size wire should i purchase? [ J  Aug 12, 2014 ]
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  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Staff  Aug 15, 2014 ]

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