INSTALLING A POWER INVERTER (Pictures)

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by Pur48Ted, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Pur48Ted

    Pur48Ted Road Train Member

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    No, I have left my inverter on for days while the truck is parked at home, and once the truck batteries get back into range the low voltage warning buzzer stops. But I DO try to shut it off when I am home.
     
  2. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I have to agree with the 3000w working many times better than the 1000w I had.

    The 3000w ran the batteries down far less than the 1000w on standby. And generated far less heat doing so. With the bigger one the cooling fans rarely came on. With the small one the cooling was always running.

    Another very nice feature I have to recommend with the Cobra brand is they have a remote on/off with approx 20' of cable. Very convenient!
     
  3. RLIGHT276

    RLIGHT276 Light Load Member

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    Can anyone tell me what guage of cable would be good to use,I have a 2500 watt cobra inverter and was looking to get some welding cable to hook it up but don't know what guage to get.Thanks
     
  4. FREEBRD

    FREEBRD Medium Load Member

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    Ok! Im on my third cpi-2575 cobra 3000 watt inverter biggest one # truckstops .has been wired exactly as described in this forum!
    When it goes it always says ol-overload, only thing i run is a small fan and my laptop.
    Have no problem plugging the smaller cobras into cig slot. But thought i might like to put a fridge in the truck! No such luck! Thanks for any input-advise and happy fourth everyone!
     
  5. txviking

    txviking <strong>Trucker Geek</strong>

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    The point of a grommet is not primarily to create a seal, but to prevent abrasion of the cable against the metal. These are all cheap parts. I would suggest:

    - Install the rubber grommet
    - If you want a better seal, putting silicone INSIDE the grommet (between the grommet and the wire) isn't gonna hurt it
    - Put in the fuse. The inverter will have an internal one, but extra security doesn't hurt.

    Just my 2¢.
     
  6. elpuft

    elpuft Light Load Member

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    what is the best brand of inverter ?
    What should i get if i want to run A TV, Fridge, Laptop, And A Xbox Game ?
    Also My Cb Cobra29 LTD Classic
     
  7. telcobilly

    telcobilly Medium Load Member

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    A fuse in the inverter won't help if the short is before the inverter. The fuse should be at the battery for highest degree of safety. There's a reason a lot of companies have outlawed inverters..
     
  8. moosc

    moosc Road Train Member

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  9. DiggerD

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    I have a roadpro rppi-2500W that i bought off craiglist from a guy who said he used to drive truck. I need help with either an instruction manual or by someone who really knows this subject. The back of the inverter has 2 pos and 2 neg connections. Do I need to connect to all 4 or can I just use 1 of each? I have 1 pos cable with 2 60amp fuses built into the line and 1 neg cable. I'll only be using it for 1000w cooker and my laptop. Any help would be greaty appreciated :) Happy New Year :)
     
  10. Pur48Ted

    Pur48Ted Road Train Member

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    The ONLY info I could find out about RoadPro is that it is a U.K. company. You will need to contact them by email and ask them the question.
    http://www.roadpro.co.uk/retail/contact_us.aspx
     
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