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Old 09-30-2015, 06:24 PM   #11
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:48 AM   #12
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Did you ever do this? How much of a chore was it? I'm thinking of doing the same thing. I cannot understand why I have such a beefy inverter and it's only able to run TVs and a microwave? I guess there's some people out there that would try to make a pot of coffee, microwave a hot pocket while drying their hair????
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Did you ever do this? How much of a chore was it? I'm thinking of doing the same thing. I cannot understand why I have such a beefy inverter and it's only able to run TVs and a microwave? I guess there's some people out there that would try to make a pot of coffee, microwave a hot pocket while drying their hair????
It's not the limit of the inverter, its the limit on the battery.

Check with the solar folks about how much total power you can pack into the battery. Or how much battery it takes to dry hair, make a pot of coffee, or zap a hot pocket.
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Having a 5kw solar array on my home, I completely understand what you're saying about power density. I guess I just don't understand why the inverter would power something as trivial as the TV and not give me a convenient outlet to use to charge my laptop or run a small appliance. If I were dry camping, I would not be making hot pockets or be concerned with drying my hair nor would I be watching the boob tube.
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Inverter power

What I ended up doing was buying a surge protector that has built in usb chargers. It sits upright and is square so that it does not take up any space. I put it in the corner under the microwave and ran the cord up behind the microwave (in the corner) to the outlet the microwave plugs into (in cabinet above microwave). Now I have inverter power in a central location in easy reach.

I took the power cord for the outside tv and routed it so that it is accessible from inside the cabinet under the sinks. A small extension cord is plugged into the new surge protector when boondocked.

I went this route so that I didn't short anything out tying two circuits together.
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What I ended up doing was buying a surge protector that has built in usb chargers. It sits upright and is square so that it does not take up any space. I put it in the corner under the microwave and ran the cord up behind the microwave (in the corner) to the outlet the microwave plugs into (in cabinet above microwave). Now I have inverter power in a central location in easy reach.

I took the power cord for the outside tv and routed it so that it is accessible from inside the cabinet under the sinks. A small extension cord is plugged into the new surge protector when boondocked.

I went this route so that I didn't short anything out tying two circuits together.
Awesome Idea! Thanks!
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