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Posted: 07/09/18 02:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

CLASS "C" PLUGGED INTO POST 50 AMPS. LIGHTS ARE DIMMING...SO I'M LOOKING AT MY INVERTOR...BUT THIS IS PUZZLING TO ME. IF I START THE RV THERE IS A CLICK MY THE DRIVER SEAT SOMEWHERE AND THE LIGHTS BRITTEN. I'LL LET THE TRUCK RUN FOR ABOUT 10 TO 15 MINS. NO MORE PROBLEM UNTIL THE LIGHTS START DIMMING AGAIN. START R/V LIGHT BRITTEN. TURN OFF VEHICLE UNTIL THIS HAPPEN AGAIN. IS THIS STILL THE INVERTOR?



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Not likely. More likely it's the wiring between the inverter and the battery. Prove it by connecting to battery negative, then to inverter output negative. If the lights go bright, it's the negative connection. If nothing happens, connect to battery positive and inverter positive. If the lights go bright, it's the positive connection.

In my case the negative wire on the inverter negative that connects to the battery was so loose it was just dangling in the socket. Plugged in, it took 3 days to drain the batteries. Running the engine feeds the battery on different lines.

Use your meter to check inverter output on the inverter output terminals before blaming it.


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Posted: 07/09/18 02:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why are you YELLING (Caps Lock ---turn it OFF) [emoticon]

Battery voltage is going down.....vehicle alternator charges battery back up

Then with engine off battery voltage goes back down

Check inverter POS/NEG wiring connections


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Inverter, britten, all caps. wow.

Please read before posting here.

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2oldman wrote:

Inverter, britten, all caps. wow.

Please read before posting here.


I always find those kinds of posts surprising. If I'm asking for some kind of assistance, I make an effort.


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ScottG wrote:

2oldman wrote:

Inverter, britten, all caps. wow.

Please read before posting here.


I always find those kinds of posts surprising. If I'm asking for some kind of assistance, I make an effort.

Maybe he made he best effort he/she could. Maybe old and not good with electronics, maybe English second language. There are tons of misspellings on this forum, I blame mine on spell cehck.

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Grammar lesson aside......sounds more like the converter (not inverter) is suspect...batts are not charging from shore power.

Multi-meter is required to track down and eliminate this, that, and other things....could be as simple as a fuse on the converter, loose wire or worse case the converter is shot..


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Thanks for all the help on this matter. Very sorry my caps upset people. Again, thanks for your help.

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When you start the engine a solenoid is engaged and it connects the house battery to the starting battery which is connected to the alternator, that's your click. But 15 minutes will only partially charge a battery.

As posted above you need to find out why on shore power your charger isn't charging the house batteries resulting in dim lights.

Chargers not inverters charge batteries but both may be integrated together. Referring to charger or charger/inverter is better information for your problem.


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