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Old December 15th, 2008, 12:11 PM
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I am looking into getting an inverter for the truck but don't know much about them. What is a good brand? What wattage would be good? I might run 2 laptops and say something else (fridge) off it on long trips.

What do you recommend?
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Mine is a Coleman. The marine supply places carry good ones as well- think the marine brand is Xantrex. There are some cheap ones made in no name places in the Orient on ebay. Kind of like computer purchases get the highest capacity one you can.

http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000-W.../dp/B00020BOKS

is the one I'm running. In reading the reviews I think I need an even bigger feed wire to the battery.
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I have a xantrex 1000W and it works fine but one thing to remember is that the thermal protection in them will turn on their cooling fan even if there is no load on it at all if the interior goes over the temperature switch so be sure to always shut it off when not in use.

For a fridge you really should look into low DC powered units.

One thing I was going to do in the new defender is put in a true-sine inverter, a lot more expensive but you can run them both ways, AC in and DC out or as usual which is nice if you are in a campsite with power or have a generator and will run a wider range of items than the cheaper modified-sine inverters, more power tools etc.
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I researched this for a long time and found one that i feel is a great balance of quality/price/power/size:

AIMES 600 WATT PURE SINE WAVE INVERTER
http://www.aimscorp.net/PWRI60012S.htm

Some features I like:
- Has an audible low battery volatage warning/shutdown feature (this was very helpful on last long trip)
- Has an audible overheating warning feature
- Has a USB port so you can charge usb devices direclty into the inverter.
- Has 2 cooling fans

It is small enough to fit mounted on the angled back face inside my Troy Storage Box.
It cost me less than $300 shipped to my door. I think i got it here:

http://www.boatandrvaccessories.com/PWRI60012S.htm

If you are using the inverter for laptops or sensative computer equipment you MUST use a Pure Sine Wave inverter or you are really risking damaging the equipment.

I also recommend hard-wiring a DC connection in your truck for the refrigerator -- the inverter will consume a lot more battery power converting the current to AC. I drained my battery this way...
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That one looks like a nice choice at a reasonable price.
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thanks Paul. I read up a bit more and seems like a Pure Sine Wave inverter is best for me. I would possibly have multiple laptops running. the USB output feature is real nice to have too!
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No USB port, but this one is only $190

http://www.4lots.com/gopower300watti...esinewave.aspx
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In general the Go Power inverters have a really good reviews and seem to deliver the wattage as advertised. Witch is something that cannot be said for most of the inverters out there. Allot advertise their wattage but very few actually deliver the ratted power.

Beware !

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Dan, Fernando had a nice setup in his RRC as well...
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