I currently use a small 300w inverter plugged into the 12 connection by the television to power the television after generator hours. It works fine but is pretty noisy and requires the tv volume to be cranked up in order to be heard. It is also difficult for the younger kids (9-10) to figure out they need to unplug the tv to plug it into the inverter....
I have been reading a good bit on inverter installations. Most recommend getting a 1000w inverter to ensure enough capacity for things such as toasters or coffee makers. I'm not opposed to this even though I don't foresee using it for these purposes. Just not sure if I install 1000w inverter, would it drain the battery faster even if only used for the TV?
I've come down to three basic options.
1) Do nothing. Teach the kids how to set up the plug-in inverter and deal with turning the tv up.
2) Install a permanent inverter with remote power switch and have dedicated outlets that would be powered. This would still required the kids to unplug the tv and move it to the inverter powered plug.
3) Install a larger inverter with auto transfer switch etc...
I guess my questions boil down to is there a way to wire an inverter to the tv outlet without the expense of an auto transfer switch installation?
Obviously I wouldn't want to back feed the inverter, or create a loop where the battery is trying to charge its self..etc.
Open to suggestions. thanks