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Old 08-21-2014, 06:30 AM   #1
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I'm going to install my first inverter. What kind/brand of inverter should I buy? Is the Harbor Freight inverter a good one?
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:05 AM   #2
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I'm going to install my first inverter. What kind/brand of inverter should I buy? Is the Harbor Freight inverter a good one?
If you want a good reliable inverter I'd stay away from harbor freight anything.
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:06 AM   #3
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What brand would you suggest?
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What brand would you suggest?
When I get to my shop this morning I'll look at the one we use for our party bus.

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Old 08-21-2014, 07:24 AM   #5
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We really need more information. What do you plan on powering. If it is electronics you want a True sine wave inverter.
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Yes it is electronics, and possibly the Microwave for very short periods of time.
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I've used a Samlex for a bunch of years now. Installed one in a friend's RV. They work good. We both got the 1000 watt pure sine wave as it comes with a remote. you can get for about $350.

If you want to spend less, then they have other PSW models.

BTW, the fans on cheaper inverters make a lot of noise and run continuous. But better inverters have a control system that only turns the fan on as needed at various speeds.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:16 AM   #8
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Go with Samlex or Xantrex. Samlex are built to last with very few problems.

Most important is to decide how much wattage you need, and whether you need a modified or pure sine wave inverter. Cheaper inverters are modified sine wave and will have issues when running some power sensitive appliances.

I upgraded from a 1000 watt Xantrex to a 2000 watt Samlex so I could run my microwave.
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Just remember if you have a 1200w microwave you will draw 100A from your battery when you run it. (12V x 100A = 1200W). So you will need a large battery, best to have two 6V, to run it.
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My microwave is rated 900 watts - but that is output...wattage input is almost twice that. It draws about 1750 watts off the 2000w inverter while running. I use 4 6-volt golf batteries in pairs with 4/0 welding cable to handle the 145 amps pulled out of the batteries.

While running the microwave, the voltage of the batteries goes from 12.6 to 11.8, but then right back up to 12.6 when microwave done.
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