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like ron, my sprinter came with a second battery. the 2000 watt inverter i installed wil run my k-60 and timberwolf.
on my tilt cab truck, i had the room to store a 2500 generator that i used as needed and even did core drilling with it.
the inverter draws power based on load. none are 100% efficient. if they were then a 1 amp load would draw 10 amps dc.
900 watts is way too much for a cigarette lighter. the lighter is at most a 20amp fuse. that's 240 watts.
i have mine wired with 2 gage welding wire and a heavy duty battery switch to shut it off.
low profile bolted next to the center isle front passenger seat.
the outlet was the only load on the secondary battery from the factory. the red key switch is what i installed to isolate the inverter when not in use.
back side of the disconnect switch.
fusable link and charging relay under the drivers seat. talk about a hot seat.
Last edited by PLUMBER RICK; 02-03-2011 at 02:48 AM.
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The pure sine wave isn't so important if you only run power tools. If you run a computer or something like that it can be an issue.
The engine is almost always off when I use the inverter. If I'm drilling 2-9/16" holes for a couple hours I'll let the van run. I installed the largest Optima deep cycle battery they make. It barely fits under the seat.
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Thanks for all the great ideas guys..Don't know if I am going to try and retro fit my existing truck or wait for my next and do it up. Thanks again
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The specs on cheap equipment is often incorrect or they use different methods of arriving at the specs. For example...stereo amps. 100 watts from Costco doesn't equal 100 watts from my stereo shop......the amps the stereo shops sells are much more powerful. Buy cheap and you get cheap.
His power cord is heavy gauge wire with a cigarette lighter end on it, and the cigarette lighter is wired directly to the battery with a 30 amp fuse. He does have to keep the van running, and as I said he had no issues with the unit running his rods. He only uses it when he in a bind for power.
I have a 2200 watt inverter. I would have to go look at it to get the brand name, but it got us through the Hurricanes in 2004. It ran two refrigerators and kept the TV running to keep us from going stir crazy.
I would be a little leary of that cigarette lighter hook up thingie cause I have less than 1 foot long #2 cables coming off this thing with jumper cable clamps on the ends and thats what was recommended to run it full out. No longer and no smaller. This thing would melt the dash board out of your truck if you plugged it into a cigarette lighter and touched it off.
Someone mentioned the square wave won't run some electronics and some motors. I can attest to that.
An inverter is one of those things you either spend the money to do it right or you will have problems.
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