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Jun 15

Power Inverters and GFCI Tripping

posted by Patrick Fallon

Xantrex Freedom HFS - GFCI

If you have been around inverters in the last several years you may have noticed GFCI outlets have become more and more commonplace. I often hear from frustrated users who routinely have to reset GFCI outlets after they trip. We are going to dive into what these outlets are, why they have become so common, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

Sep 4

Understanding Battery Specifications and How They Apply to your Inverter

posted by Patrick Fallon

An inverter needs a battery in order to provide the required AC power for your household devices. There is a wide range of batteries available on the market and they are labeled with a variety of different specifications. These specifications can seem like a mystery and are often misinterpreted, especially in an inverter set up. […]

Aug 20

Power Inverters and Microwaves

posted by Patrick Fallon

Inverters are used for all different kinds of purposes, including emergency backup, off-grid power and even simple convenience. When it comes to convenience, there is little more convenient than a microwave oven. Whether you’d like to quickly prepare a warm lunch on a road trip, or heat up the nacho cheese sauce at a tailgater, […]

Oct 13

Selection,Preparation, and Installation of a Power Inverter for an Automotive Application

posted by admin

Selection, Preparation, and Installation of a Power Inverter for an Automotive Application Summary: In this article we will discuss how to select the appropriate power inverter for your application and your vehicle. We will also provide an overview on preparing for an installation, actual installation of the inverter, and what situations warrant the use of […]