Okay, a while ago I remember there was a discussion going on in here where the pro's and con's of running an inverter were discussed... I remember Christopher was championing systems without inverters, as an inverter is another piece of electronics to wear out or break down. Now I'm wondering if you Christopher, or anyone else hereabouts these days who has experience of running without an inverter can offer any advice or tips. My family and I are thinking about moving out of the big house we currently occupy into a smaller one, which currently doesn't have any power. We might hook it up to the Air X wind genny I have mentioned here before, and maybe a couple of panels. I have a second hand charge controller, so if we go 12 v the only thing extra we would need I think is batteries. Basically our main uses for power in this dwelling would be lighting and this laptop computer I am tapping on. I would hate to let my post count fall too far behind Tezza's, but mostly my Mrs would need it for the online degree she is pursuing. So, I know that you can get 12v lights, but can you run a computer on 12v? Does anyone do stuff like take lights and stereo's out of cars and boats and run them in their 12v homes?