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Old 08-10-2015, 08:54 AM   #1
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I want to put a switch to turn off my converter when using my inverter. Can I just switch the hot leg? Or should I get a double pole switch and switch the neutral also? Thanks
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I want to put a switch to turn off my converter when using my inverter. Can I just switch the hot leg? Or should I get a double pole switch and switch the neutral also? Thanks
If you wired your inverter so that it suppplies 110VAC to all your outlets then try this. I had a blank 110 VAC breaker position and purchased a new breaker from HomeDepot. I rewired the 110VAC source for the converter and wired it to the new breaker. You just turn the controller's breaker off when you want to use the inverter.

If you are just using an extention cord with the inverter for a TV or other small appliance, you do not need to disconnect the converter.

Very easy project.

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You just turn the controller's breaker off when you want to use the inverter.



Very easy project.

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Thanks, I do have a breaker for the converter ,but had always heard you shouldnt use a breaker as a switch. Its not made to be used as a switch and would weaken over time. Thats the only reason I was thinking of the switch. Certainly much easier to flip the existing breaker. I was going to run an outlet to the outside of the trailer next to the one I have for the generator. Its right next to the shore power cord and I could just plug into either gen, power or inverter power. I'm not to sharp with this stuff, so I was trying to stay away from transfer switches and such. The simpler the better so I can understand it and trouble shoot stuff easier.....Thanks for the answer, I know your like the electrical guru around here....I bought a Ramsund 1500 watt inverter because I saw it in your sig.
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Why would you do that?
I had heard you would be trying to charge you batteries with your batteries if the converter wasnt disconnected.
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I had heard you would be trying to charge you batteries with your batteries if the converter wasnt disconnected.
The INVERTER does not supply power to the CONVERTER unless it was installed as an aftermarket product and wired in wrong.
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The INVERTER does not supply power to the CONVERTER unless it was installed as an aftermarket product and wired in wrong.
It will be aftermarket. And I was going to install an outlet from it in the side of the trailer near the shore power cord like I did the gen. Then just plug the shore power cord into either gen. power or inv. power. Is that the wrong way to do it? Installed like that it will supply power to everything including the conv. Thats why I want to shut the conv. when plugged into the inv.
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A down side to using an inverter to power everything through the power umbilical is that it will power everything. You'd probably want want to switch to propane only for the refrigerator and water heater. Your A/C could try to turn on if you forgot to switch it off. Could someone think that using a hair dryer was a good idea? What would happen if you forgot to switch the refrigerator and water heater to propane?

My own opinion, as we use our trailer in our particular situation, is that it's better to use a small inverter to power only those things we want to power with AC current when we are boondocking - TV, computer and other device chargers, etc. Our small inverter is output only to several specific outlets that receive power only from the inverter. Those specific outlets are orange in color to easily differentiate them from the regular AC outlets.

Others want and have the room for the large battery bank that will power a large inverter which would power a large variety of equipment.

It just depends on what you want to do.

About switching off the converter, I'd probably just install a switch - like a wall light switch - which just would switch the hot wire. But you gotta remember to turn it back on when needed - I know this from personal experience.
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Most of the 1800 watt units are run through the breaker panel(out to the inverter and then back) since they have a built in transfer switch, that is why I said "wired wrong". What you are thinking should work, but you will need a big battery bank to support it unless you are very cautious with what you run.

As to switching off the converter a lot depends on the converter and how it is set up. With the one we have in the PINNACLE it would be very easy to add a switch on the converters positive leg to and from the breaker/fuse/converter panel.
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If you are just using an extention cord with the inverter for a TV or other small appliance, you do not need to disconnect the converter.
That is what I was trying to say with this line, should have added an independent outlet also..
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