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Power inverters #7993
03/05/12 11:34 PM
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Does anyone have any solid advice on a new power inverter purchase? I thought it would be a simple "Google", link to Amazon, add to cart and be done...but after reading waaay too many reviews it seems like every single inverter I read the reviews for was either a great 5 star purchase to one guy, or a 1 star POS to another.

I was looking at picking up something like a 1500W continuous/300w peak inverter (not pure sine, I don't need anything that nice for this project) to put in my enclosed trailer for when we camp at some of the places we ride quads at. I'd be running a few fluorescent lights, maybe a microwave, a small water pump occasionally, and whatever else the kids would want to plug in (laptop with projector, charge the DS, etc). I obviously wouldn't be running everything at once as I understand wattage and voltage draw,and we will also have a genny along if I need more power for something (though I wanted the inverter for the times I didn't want all the noise).

Can anyone recommend a brand or model, or have any other input on what I thought would be a mindless purchase?? Thanks!

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Re: Power inverters [Re: HOOLIGAN] #7994
03/06/12 12:29 AM
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I put several of them in many trucks over the years...

One thing I learned is that the cheap ones seem to be a little 'light' on the amount of power they actually put out.

I bought mine from NAPA, Vector Brand... And of the ten or so I installed, only ever had one go bad and it was because the wires got shorted out in the bed once...

Didn't kill it instantly, but did eventually die...

Check out your local NAPA, would be my start, or google for the Vector Brand and see what you can find...

Let me know how you make out...


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Re: Power inverters [Re: HOOLIGAN] #7996
03/06/12 03:08 AM
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Awesome, thanks for the input..I will check them out and see what they have (or on-line). I was reading about everything from Cobra brand to Horrible Freight brands, with no definitive answer to a good inverter. I'm still toying with how I want to do the electric in this thing, so I have time for more research. (i.e. generator and inverter, "shore" power, etc.) I should probably just keep it as simple as possible though, I'm giving myself a headache!

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