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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Power inverters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Friend and I about 10 yrs ago bought Inverters from Harbor Freight. Think they are 1800 3600. Mine will run a 120 gasboy easily. It ran another friends refrigerator, tv, and lamp. For a week during a Ice storm. Ran it from a new Ford Taurus, He was handicapped, and wife could drive car to station and get gas and groceries. Then alligator clip inverter to battery and let car idle all day and night. They had a wood stove. Think inverter was $99. Bargain!
 
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 6:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Power inverters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That?s the story I wanted to hear . I?ve got big enough batteries available to feed one and the gasboy will pump 30 gallon of diesel in about 5 minutes so the truck could idle
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 4:32 am    Post subject: Re: Power inverters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have two inverters from Harbor Freight. Both are rated 2000 watts continuous and 4000 watts surge. One I bought 14 years ago and the other 2 years ago. Both have been fine. The one that is 14 years old cost me $79 on sale. I have used it to build several off grid cabins and ran a small air compressor (for a nail gun) and a 13 amp circular saw. Only slight complaint about either is they do a lousy job running a cordless-drill battery charger. Also make GFCIs buzz if any get plugged in. Ran my tools fine. The older HF unit has a thermal-fan that almost never comes on. On the newer one, they cheaped out and the fan is hard-wired to run all the time. If you use it inside a small building or RV the fan noise can drive you nuts.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 5:58 am    Post subject: Re: Power inverters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Acording to figures on the refrigerator I figured what unit was advertised as it would have plenty of capacity, When it would just trip out I decided it was just overloaded due to figuring things differently but them when I tried it with just a simple trouble light with that 75 watt bulb and it would trip out I gave up on it. Something like the frige I could understand if it was just a over starting load but a bulb does not have that. Now this was back in the 90's so not that much information avaible on things. I had seen them working on the power line service troucks so I figured it would be good for that little fridge in camper when on the road.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 6:18 am    Post subject: Re: Power inverters Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Got a couple of 2000 watt inverters in a garage sale. Put one on my kawasaki mule and use it with the pole saw for cutting tree limbs. works very very well but the mule was to be running or the inverter will shut off after about 3 cuts, due to low voltage alarm. Also run the sawsall and other tools. Since I have a heavy duty cord coming from the mule battery with a 200 amp plug on it,,, I can plug in my jumper cables for jumping tractors and stuff, or plug in the inverter, so its a great setup for around the farm. Generators are bigger and too heavy for small jobs when the inverter does fine.

The inverter also can be plugged into ac power and doubles as a heavy battery 100 amp charger with the 200 amp plug with the jumper cables mentioned earlier.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 2:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Power inverters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

low voltage on the 12V side was probably tripping the inverter on 75W.
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Power inverters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That makes sense because it was only a cigarette
lighter plug
 
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