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Old June 9th, 2011, 11:28 PM
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power inverter question

I plan to put some plugs in the back of my cubby box for misc electronic stuff in my truck. I will be puting a dual battery set up in first but my question is there some kind of kit for this or is it something I can put together with stuff from my local electronics specialty store? And what is the pain in the ass factor on a project like this?
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Old June 10th, 2011, 01:16 AM
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If your talking 12v cigarette plugs, get them from a marine supply. I got a rubber/stainless one from west marine for12. Also buy some inline water proof fuses.

Easy project

------ Follow up post added June 10th, 2011 01:18 AM ------

Edit, crap just realized you were talking inverters...but west mating sells types recepticles too
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Old June 10th, 2011, 01:32 AM
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No I want to put actual electrical plugs for a computer or something that doesnt have a cigarette lighter adapter
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No kit that I know of. It's all about trying to come up with a clever way to mount an inverter.
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Old June 10th, 2011, 08:37 AM
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Jason, I interpret your question about "kit" as relating to the dual battery install? The answer in that case is yes. National Luna, Hellroaring (my choice), a host of others. Most marine supply places sell isolators and the other bits you need to do multi-battery installs as well.

You should be able to mount the inverter in the seatbox with the battery(s), which is ideal because you always want the wire run to the inverter to be as short as possible. The run coming out of the inverter can be longer with no issues. Since the seatbox hasn't got the best ventilation, either get an inverter with an integral cooling fan, or mount a little 12v computer fan to move some air over it so it won't overheat.

I agree on getting the mains outlets from a marine supplier, they'll be more appropriate and durable for use in the truck. For wiring out of the converter just use an outdoor extension cord, cut to length and wired to your mains outlets.
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Old June 10th, 2011, 11:54 AM
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I am talking about the inverter. Is it just a box you run a fused line into and the go from the box to a mounted plug? I have seen some nice looking cubby box set ups that I would lime to copy in my truck. Do you just get an inverter at an auto parts place or do you have to order some special set up?

------ Follow up post added June 10th, 2011 11:02 AM ------

so I did a search on eBay and answered my own question. I was just wondering if there was any tricks or suggestions anyone had for installing one of these things. The internal fan was a great tip thanks Tony
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Decent site (never bought anything from them):

http://www.theinverterstore.com/

Here's one with a 13' built in extension:

http://www.theinverterstore.com/the-...el=bct010009d#

If you want permanent (mounted) receptacles, you can order a socket assembly (see pic; outlet plug you can order for a Toyota Tacoma)



Or, as Tony mentioned, try a marine supply store:

http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|328|299260|319691&id=1360492

http://www.defender.com/images/201672.jpg

There's probably tons of marine and camper forums you can google for more info, but if you keep the runs short, that's the safest option.
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Jason Z.,
Did you ever do this project? I really like the idea of a seatbox mounted inverter with a remote receptacle.
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