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judelaurenzo25g

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Hi All,

After doing some research online and here on the forum. I'm going to be attempting to install a 500-1000w inverter to watch TV when dry camping.

I will be installing it within 2-3 feet of the battery compartment. I was planning on using 1/0 Gauge cable with 180 Amp ANL Fuse.

My questions are:
Is the 1/0 gauge the correct wire size?
Should I use 180amp fuse or circuit breaker? Is the 180amp to much?
Do I need to add any other safety measure between the inverter and battery?

I'm open to any suggestions regarding, inverter, wire, fuse or breaker size. I just want my family to be safe. Let me know if I overlooked anything.

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Which is it, 500 or 1000 watt? Which inverter specifically?


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do the math... not 500 to 1000

I have a 400 watt Harbor freight inverter ... for 32 inch Samsung TV flat screen,, Directv satellite receiver box with recorder... 2 laptops... 1 smart phone, 1 flip phone, 1 8 inch tablet for internet and such..

and I am not using 250 watts. but I never charge or use them all at the same time.

I have it mounted next to the power panel... where the main wires from battery enter the fuse box... and wire it there using the supplied wires with inverter... then 120 volt cable to TV/satellite, then another one for electronics.

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GordonThree wrote:

Which is it, 500 or 1000 watt? Which inverter specifically?


HI GordonThree,

I want to use a 500 but I can't seem to find a 500w with a remote. So I feel like I'll be forced to use a 1000w. I'll probably go with a Xantrex.

Thanks,
JL

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Chuck_thehammer wrote:

do the math... not 500 to 1000

I have a 400 watt Harbor freight inverter ... for 32 inch Samsung TV flat screen,, Directv satellite receiver box with recorder... 2 laptops... 1 smart phone, 1 flip phone, 1 8 inch tablet for internet and such..

and I am not using 250 watts. but I never charge or use them all at the same time.


Hi Chuck,

I say 500 to 1000w because I want a inverter with a remote. Should I not worry about a remote?

Thanks,
JL

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“I'm going to be attempting to install a 500-1000w inverter to watch TV when dry camping.“

That must be some TV. My 28 inch Jenson uses 40 watts. You may want a large inverter for other things but you don’t need it for TV.


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Posted: 01/08/18 07:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

judelaurenzo25g wrote:

Should I use 180amp fuse or circuit breaker? Is the 180amp to much?


I chose a circuit breaker because I liked the idea of being able to isolate/"turn off" the inverter in case I needed to work on it.


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1/0 is good to 130 or so amps. A 500w inverter might hit 100 amp on surge. Sounds like a good fit

Check out the Bussman cp185-150 it's a circuit breaker and load switch, and it's cheap.

I'd shop for a pure sinewave inverter instead of one with remote. Maybe down the road you want to run a box fan or something off it. No angry motor noises with pure sinewave.

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Posted: 01/08/18 07:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

tv? 300 watts max. #6 wire and 60 amp fuse.

http://www.boatandrvaccessories.com/products/go-power-gp-sw300-12-inverter

http://www.genuinedealz.com/custom-cables/custom-battery-cable-assembly

http://www.genuinedealz.com/maxi-fuse-inline-fuse-holder-w-6-awg-leads-up-to-60a

Just ask and they can attach the fuse holder in the cable and you are ready to plug and play.


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I use an AimsPower PSW 1000 watt and it has a remote switching feature. The AimsPower has the lowest idle amp draw of any inverter. I installed a 150 amp ANL fuse and used welding cable for the leads with crimp on Tweco solid copper lugs. Mine is close to the battery bank, in fact, less than 2 feet away. I also used welding cable to interconnect my batteries. Sold by the foot at any welding supply shop and TSC.

The remote is nice, you never have to physically turn off the inverter, just push the buttom.

I would not use a modified sine wave inverter, PSW inverters aren't that much more expensive.


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