The Don Rowe Blog

Aug 15

Ready To Go Camping? Bring Some Of Home’s Little Amenities With You.

posted by Patrick Fallon

Camping with an Inverter

Most of us love to go camping, and with the season in full swing now is a good time to consider using an inverter to add some home luxuries to the camp site. For those of you with a trailer or RV, you already know what it is like to have AC power when you’re […]

Jul 1

New Product Alert! Wagan Tech Slimline Series with Surface Mount Technology

posted by Patrick Fallon

Wagan Tech 3722 Slimline 1500 Inverter

Earlier this year we announced the arrival of Wagan Tech’s new Proline series power inverters with Surface-Mount Technology (SMT). We are now excited to have available the first Wagan Tech Slimline Series to incorporate SMT. The 3722 Slimline 1500 inverter is a promising improvement to its predecessor with greater reliability, better efficiency, fewer RF emissions and […]

May 26

Cigarette Lighter Adapters – The Plug-N-Play Of The Inverter World

posted by Patrick Fallon

Wagan Tech Inverter

What can be more simple and convenient than plugging an inverter into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter? When it comes to convenience and ease-of-use, I am all in. Be aware that these benefits come with limitations though. Cigarette lighters, sometimes called power ports, are installed using small gauge wire by the vehicle’s manufacturer. To protect this […]

Apr 28

How To Size A Fuse For Your Inverter Application

posted by Patrick Fallon

Fuses

In the previous post we covered why an overcurrent protection device is a critical component of your inverter installation. Let’s now go over how to correctly size the fuse, which is as equally important and should not be overlooked. Using an oversized fuse in your application can damage your cables, batteries, and inverter, not to […]

Mar 17

Why Fusing Your Inverter Is Critical

posted by Patrick Fallon

ANL Fuse Kit

I am frequently asked why a fuse is required when installing an inverter. After all, doesn’t the inverter have built in protection? Yes, a quality inverter has multiple protection features that help prevent damage to the inverter. What an inverter does not protect against is a short in your battery cables. Let’s take a moment […]

Jan 18

New Product Alert! Wagan ProLine Series with Surface Mount Technology

posted by Patrick Fallon

Wagan Tech 3744 ProLine 5000W Power Inverter

We are happy to announce the new Proline Series with Surface Mount Technology by Wagan Tech is now available. Wagan is currently offering this series in a 5000 watt, 8000 watt, and 10000 watt model. What is Surface Mount Technology? Surface Mount Technology (SMT) is a method of manufacturing circuit boards that offers greater reliability, […]

Dec 4

Smoke Your Meats with a Power Inverter

posted by Patrick Fallon

A good power inverter is a versatile piece of equipment that, with a little knowledge and imagination, can be used to make life a little more enjoyable. Nothing is better than the company of good people, but a good cut of slow smoked meat can make an already good situation better. What if you could […]

Apr 27

The Curious Case of Inverter Overload and the Appliance Surge That Causes It

posted by Patrick Fallon

You’ve purchased a power inverter for emergency power outages to keep your refrigerator running and your food from spoiling, then the inevitable happens. The power goes out. So, you eagerly hook up the inverter, plug in the refrigerator and…nothing. The inverter powers on, but all you get is a fault light. How could this be? […]

Feb 18

New Product Alert! Samlex America Evolution Series Inverter/Chargers

posted by admin

EVO Series Inverter/Charger

We are delighted to introduce a new line of pure sine wave Inverter/Chargers from Samlex America. The EVO Series is a pure sine wave inverter, adaptive battery charger, transfer relay – All in one unit. The Evolution (EVO) Series Inverter/Charger is an advanced, yet affordable off-grid power solution for boats, RVs, cabins and specialty vehicles, […]

Nov 12

To Inverter/Charger or Not to Inverter/Charger – Do I Really Need a Combo Unit?

posted by Patrick Fallon

So, you’ve determined you need an inverter for your new build, or perhaps you are looking to upgrade the current system you have, but do you need an all-in-one inverter/charger system? Let’s start with explaining what an inverter/charger is. It is essentially an inverter, transfer relay, and converter/charger built into one unit. An inverter/charger is […]