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Bigfoot2005

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What type of power cables can be used for battery connections to 1500 watt inverter?

CCA or OFC

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Bigfoot2005 wrote:

What type of power cables can be used for battery connections to 1500 watt inverter?

CCA or OFC


I use welding cable. I attach my own ends with a hydraulic crimper but most welding stores will attach lugs for you. Welding cable is much easier to run, nice thick insulation very fine stranded wire so it is easy to route. you can get colors but I just get black and then attach red shrink wrap on the ends. Compare 4/0 welding cable to std variety 4/0 battery cable. you'll immediately see the advantage to welding cable. For my 1000W inverter I use 4/0 welding cable.


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I would not use any aluminum.

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I have worked a lot with both.

Even though copper-coated aluminum can be soldered, it has a fatal flaw as far as I'm concerned.

Vibrate the wires or cables enough and they become brittle. El Snappo.

Bite the price bullet and go for of the real stuff copper. OFC supposed to mean Oxygen Free copper. Yet another Herb Tarlek buzzword.

The best protected thick cable I have encountered is diesel locomotive cable. Rope stranded double thick tin plated and insulation tough enough.

I get mine through an online accessible surplus seller called SKYCRAFT in Florida.

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ktmrfs wrote:

Bigfoot2005 wrote:

What type of power cables can be used for battery connections to 1500 watt inverter?

CCA or OFC


I use welding cable. I attach my own ends with a hydraulic crimper but most welding stores will attach lugs for you. Welding cable is much easier to run, nice thick insulation very fine stranded wire so it is easy to route. you can get colors but I just get black and then attach red shrink wrap on the ends. Compare 4/0 welding cable to std variety 4/0 battery cable. you'll immediately see the advantage to welding cable. For my 1000W inverter I use 4/0 welding cable.


what thickness should be used for about 10-15 feet run for a 1500 watt inverter? I know it should be as close as possible to batteries but just for convenience, hoping to put further away with a thicker wire if possible.

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ktmrfs wrote:

Bigfoot2005 wrote:

What type of power cables can be used for battery connections to 1500 watt inverter?

CCA or OFC


I use welding cable. I attach my own ends with a hydraulic crimper but most welding stores will attach lugs for you. Welding cable is much easier to run, nice thick insulation very fine stranded wire so it is easy to route. you can get colors but I just get black and then attach red shrink wrap on the ends. Compare 4/0 welding cable to std variety 4/0 battery cable. you'll immediately see the advantage to welding cable. For my 1000W inverter I use 4/0 welding cable.


Same here.. And NO I would not use copper coated aluminum. I want Solid (or rather stranded) copper wires.. CCA might be ok for RF but never for DC.


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Bigfoot2005 wrote:

ktmrfs wrote:

Bigfoot2005 wrote:

What type of power cables can be used for battery connections to 1500 watt inverter?

CCA or OFC


I use welding cable. I attach my own ends with a hydraulic crimper but most welding stores will attach lugs for you. Welding cable is much easier to run, nice thick insulation very fine stranded wire so it is easy to route. you can get colors but I just get black and then attach red shrink wrap on the ends. Compare 4/0 welding cable to std variety 4/0 battery cable. you'll immediately see the advantage to welding cable. For my 1000W inverter I use 4/0 welding cable.



what thickness should be used for about 10-15 feet run for a 1500 watt inverter? I know it should be as close as possible to batteries but just for convenience, hoping to put further away with a thicker wire if possible.


I keep my 3000 watt inverter about 2 feet from battery bank (not wet cell), and I use 4/0 welding cable as mentioned. That will be tough to run 15 feet as you want, I'd look at a way to get it closer and the if needed run 120 AC from there (much easier). Anything less than 4/0 and I don't think you'll like the voltage drop, unless you're keeping the draw to something other than microwave/coffee maker/etc.


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phemens wrote:

Bigfoot2005 wrote:

ktmrfs wrote:

Bigfoot2005 wrote:

What type of power cables can be used for battery connections to 1500 watt inverter?

CCA or OFC


I use welding cable. I attach my own ends with a hydraulic crimper but most welding stores will attach lugs for you. Welding cable is much easier to run, nice thick insulation very fine stranded wire so it is easy to route. you can get colors but I just get black and then attach red shrink wrap on the ends. Compare 4/0 welding cable to std variety 4/0 battery cable. you'll immediately see the advantage to welding cable. For my 1000W inverter I use 4/0 welding cable.



what thickness should be used for about 10-15 feet run for a 1500 watt inverter? I know it should be as close as possible to batteries but just for convenience, hoping to put further away with a thicker wire if possible.


I keep my 3000 watt inverter about 2 feet from battery bank (not wet cell), and I use 4/0 welding cable as mentioned. That will be tough to run 15 feet as you want, I'd look at a way to get it closer and the if needed run 120 AC from there (much easier). Anything less than 4/0 and I don't think you'll like the voltage drop, unless you're keeping the draw to something other than microwave/coffee maker/etc.


Anyone know the largest size wire a Go Power 1500 watt inverter can take?

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Another 4/0 welding cable, lots of tiny strands of cooler wires. Used a hydraulic crimper for the lugs.

Im working on the install of a 3000W Magnum Hybrid i should finish today. Just need to connect it to the battery bank, do the function testing and set the charger specs.


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Posted: 08/20/19 07:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bigfoot2005 wrote:

phemens wrote:

Bigfoot2005 wrote:

ktmrfs wrote:

Bigfoot2005 wrote:

What type of power cables can be used for battery connections to 1500 watt inverter?

CCA or OFC


I use welding cable. I attach my own ends with a hydraulic crimper but most welding stores will attach lugs for you. Welding cable is much easier to run, nice thick insulation very fine stranded wire so it is easy to route. you can get colors but I just get black and then attach red shrink wrap on the ends. Compare 4/0 welding cable to std variety 4/0 battery cable. you'll immediately see the advantage to welding cable. For my 1000W inverter I use 4/0 welding cable.



what thickness should be used for about 10-15 feet run for a 1500 watt inverter? I know it should be as close as possible to batteries but just for convenience, hoping to put further away with a thicker wire if possible.


I keep my 3000 watt inverter about 2 feet from battery bank (not wet cell), and I use 4/0 welding cable as mentioned. That will be tough to run 15 feet as you want, I'd look at a way to get it closer and the if needed run 120 AC from there (much easier). Anything less than 4/0 and I don't think you'll like the voltage drop, unless you're keeping the draw to something other than microwave/coffee maker/etc.


Anyone know the largest size wire a Go Power 1500 watt inverter can take?


My GoPower GP-HS1500 is designed to use lugs (3/8" Ring) for the connections. 2/0 crimped lugs needed to be shaved a bit on the sides to fit into the space for the bolts. Cables from GeunineDealZ...

* This post was edited 08/20/19 09:56am by vermilye *


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