Inverter Part 3.
So, you might remember I said I purchased a 600w inverter. Reasoning was two fold, really.
First, we dont dry camp much, since most campgrounds/racetracks have at least 15a power that we can use. And that will run most hairdryers, a space heater, microwave, fridge etc. In order to be able to run the microwave, you would need a 1000w minimum, and probably 2000w to run it comfortably. And even then, the batteries included from FR wont last long. It is what it is.
Second reason was money outlay. The smaller inverters are significantly cheaper than the more expensive, more powerful units, or even a combined inverter/charger.
Our main use was to run the TV/Blu Ray player so my daughter can watch TV, run a Crock Pot, and charge the cell phones, laptops, tablets and whatnot. For that purpose, it works great. Previously, I had pictured the plug for the converter/charger. I placed my outlet in that location as a reminder to unplug the converter/charger. Running off the inverter, it would be 12v>120v>12v and, well, its not a perpetual motion machine.
It will, however, drain the batteries with haste.
So, the way its currently setup is...
When running on inverter power:
Microwave unplugged (vampire drain)
Fridge on gas
When on generator/shore power:
Inverter off (using remote)
It technically wouldnt hurt anything to leave it on if you were on shore/generator power since the RV would be plugged into that, but I always turn it off.