Originally Posted by shooted
I'm confused, you mention installing a plug for 12 volts. Are you planning on plugging in the DC side of the portable inverter into that plug and hardwiring the AC side thru the listed switch to the existing wall receptacle? Why not just plug the tv into the inverter directly, and then plug into the existing wall recptacle when on shore/genny power? No switch needed. I'm not entirely sure how the switch listed could be installed to function in the manner stated as it only has one pole. Am I missing something?
Yeah, it's due to install conditions. I was trying not to get to lengthy, but here is the reasoning...
yes, I plan to plug the inverter into the 12v outlet...
The 32" tv to be powered at this location is a wall mount unit built in to a cabinet over the main entry door to my trailer. The power cord and outlet powering it are not easy to get to. You have to remove the moulding around the tv and squeeze a hand in.. Not practical for regular switching of power sources. ..
The switch I mentioned will be installed int the bottom of the enclosure, behind the tv, so it will be overhead at the doorway.
I actually should verify the link I gave for the switch is the exact switch I was told to use. I think it is, but Im not sure, but I will be before I buy it..
The switch should work as described according to a friend of mine who does electrical design work. It is intended to take a single line in of 120v and switch it between one each of two different circuits out ( or none if set to center). I will be using it backwards, with two sources of 120v (shore or inverter)feeding into the switch and one line coming out powering a new outlet mounted in the tv enclosure. According to the electricians I have spoken with, the switch doesnt know which way the electricity is flowing so it should work fine. My only concern was What if I accidentaly turned on the inverter while I also had shore power, but all I spoke with assured me the switch only activates one circuit or the other (or none at center) but never both.
So the sitch would be wired as follows.. The 2 circuits out(IN for My usage) would each be wired with a 1 to 2 foot long cord with a regular three prong plug at the end. One of the plugs will be plugged into the existing 120v outlet that currently feeds the tv. The other will be poked through the gap at the side of the tv so I can pull the cord out and connect to the inverter when in use. The circuit in on the switch (OUT for my usage) will be wired to a NEW electrical outlet behind the tv. This new outlet is what the tv cord will be permanantly plugged into.
This set ip should allow me to run the tv normally(with switch set to shore power) or throw the switch to inverter, extend the cord on the side of the tv and plug it into the converter which will be plugged into the 12v outlet
with all that said, i want to keep the inverter out of the tv enlosure because of heat concerns, and I want it plugged into a 12v outlet because I wont be permanantly mounting it on my wall. For one it doesnt match the decor, and I may have other uses for it .. I have a 19" LCD in the bedroom I may want to power up from time to time. Plus, My wife wouldnt approve.