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Old 01-30-2018, 10:55 PM   #1
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Is that an inverter or what

I see people here talk about installing an inverter on an FR3.. my brother claims there is one built in down in the electrical bay... I have no clue. Does it come with an inverter or a converter? Do we need to add one? If so, why (we hat does it do) and what do you recommend
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It comes with one. Some people upgrade it. I have not done so yet and my rig is new 2018 GT5

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As far as I know, all units come with a converter which charges your battery and transforms (I purposefully avoided the word "converts") 120vAC current to 12vDC. An inverter transforms 12vDC to 120vAC for operating residential refrigerators and other less demanding electrical devices. That's it in a nutshell, although units with multiple strong batteries can run more 120v appliances.
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As far as I know, all units come with a converter which charges your battery and transforms (I purposefully avoided the word "converts") 120vAC current to 12vDC. An inverter transforms 12vDC to 120vAC for operating residential refrigerators and other less demanding electrical devices. That's it in a nutshell, although units with multiple strong batteries can run more 120v appliances.
Actually, it rectifies it. Just funning.
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Actually, it rectifies it. Just funning.
Ha! I’ve been looking for a verb for my explanations. Saying ‘converts’ has the potential of causing confusion. Now that you mention it, ‘transforms’ could also confuse. Since I’m usually writing for non-electrical persons, I may have to pass on ‘rectify’.
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How about "changes"? ... pretty generic word that is far from technical but also is 100% accurate.
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How about "changes"? ... pretty generic word that is far from technical but also is 100% accurate.
Now that is a term an electronically challenged person like me can understand.

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I also have an FR3 and as stated before, it does come with a converter. The converter changes the 120 volts AC into 12 volts DC to keep your batteries fully charged. An inverter changes the 12 volt DC from your batteries into 120 volts AC. So.... if you want to use apliances that run on 120 volts AC but there is no electricity available, an inverter will make this possible.
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