Originally Posted by Deep6
How is the inverter performing any issues? I am considering one myself or one of thr newer inverter chargers.
The inverter is installed and works as advertised. The pure sine wave seems to just function better than a modified sine wave for charging
various AA or AAA batteries; our small household vacuum cleaner now runs without overheating
; coffee maker now actually functions (but see below). Have yet to test it with the (not yet wired up) new water
heater and anticipate no problems. (We've switched to all DC powered "entertainment", so no experience to relate for TV or stereo...)
Now understand, these are things that I should have researched before purchasing
, so no blame on the unit itself, okay?
There is no monitor
or display to show how many DC amps the unit draws to provide that AC power. (Not even an after-market add on.) We are learning
to live with that by keeping an eye on the solar
panel that reports battery
state. (In other words, we don't know the draw, but see the result.)
on/off switch requires a 3" tall by 2" wide space for mounting. And an 1 1/2" circular hole. Just for a little push on / push off back lit button switch. It's connected with a basic 4-wire telephone cable. In retrospect, I should have sussed out the wiring
and installed a micro switch on my electric
The unit's built in over-voltage protection is irritating, in that it doesn't "like" anything over approx 14.2 VDC input. Well, okay, but that means when the batteries are being topped up by the solar panels
the inverter doesn't want to play.
Example: couple of cloudy days with light winds and the bats are a bit low. Then get a sunny day and the solar
controller wants to run around 14.x volts to bulk charge bats. No inverter usage until that's completed. We can live with, of course. But it's irritating when the morning sunshine overpowers the inverter - and the darn coffee maker shuts off mid-perk!
Re: Inverter/Charger: Our troubles began when the Xantex Marine
2500 died. Since then, we don't use shore power
, even when at a marina. Nor do we have a GenSet. Still, on the wish list is something that would accept (almost) any AC voltage input from 100 to 240, at either 50 or 60 Htz. Kind of like this: ProMariner ProNautic P 1260 Battery Charger
Hope this helps! And good luck in your search/purchase. Would you please let me know what you finally decide upon?