Need Small Inverter Recommendations

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by BenP, Mar 18, 2020.


  1. BenP

    BenP Monkey++ Site Supporter+

    My friends are asking me for inverter recommendations, something that will run a freezer and is not difficult to hook up. I could recommend my Schneider Electric stuff but I think it is out of their budget and a bit of overkill for what they need. Any good reliable machines that won't break the bank?
     
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  2. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Need to know what the Starting & Running Amps, or Watts is, on the freezer....
     
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  3. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Honda.
     
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  4. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Yea if it is just a temp deal buy a Honda 2000i and two 5USG Gas cans and be done with it... If they need a full Emergency Backup the define the loads it needs to support and for how long...
     
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  5. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    I concur...don't forget stuff for oil changes also.
     
  6. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    I use Mobil1 synthetic 10w-40 motorcycle oil in my pressure washer, little gasoline powered air compressor, Honda GX200 powered little DC welder,18.5hp v-twin Kohler powered lawnmower.
    Turns out it's fairly loaded with detergent and antiwear additives.
    Usually change it once a year.
     
  7. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    In my checking most freezers start at 350-425 watt draw on startup , if unloaded startup , run loads are 140W to 91W running , they use 1KW/24hr for the best Ive seen to 1.7 KW/day so now you need to charge those batterys with alot of solar harvest..
    Some info that's pretty close to plan on.

    Sloth
     
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  8. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++

    For portable and small scale emergency useage, about 8 years ago I bought a small Xantrax inverter, PROwatt SW 600. It can run 540 watts of continuous pure sine wave with surge to 1200 watts to start a freezer or similar. I keep it in one of those flat 20mm 25 round linked ammo cans. Just fits with a little foam around it. I have heavy, I think 4 gauge cables pre-wired to it with the medium size (50 amp capacity) powerpole connector. I have a deep discharge 12v battery with a short cable and the same connector in a battery box. I can plop them both down and have the inverter up and running in 30 seconds. I use it a few times a year and have been very happy with it. A few times I wished I had purchased the SW 1000 model but overall I’m quite happy with the 600.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002O5P8BA/?tag=survivalmonke-20

    https://www.amazon.com/Anderson-Power-Products-Connector-Housing/dp/B07CHD4JCK/

    AT
     
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  9. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Those work well for small jobs. Never had any problems with mine.
     
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  10. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I put one of these 12Vdc Inverters in my Samurai for remote 120Vac Power... I installed a 100Amp Alternator in place of the 40 Amp OEM one, to give me better Charging, and Remote Operation,s Power...It is connected to a Second Group27 Battery that is also mounted in the Back along with a 20Ft Jumper Cable that is also connected to the Second Battery... This makes the Samurai my Remote Utility Rig for doing needed work away from the Home Base. I really like the Inverter...
    Ampeak 750W Power Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC Converter with Dual 3.1A USB Dual AC Outlets Car Inverter
     
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  11. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Is it just the picture, or are the power leads kinda light for over 60 amps?
     
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  12. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Yea, The wires connect to the Inverter by some good Binding Posts... So I built some new cables to the Battery, using some #4 Stranded wire... Certainly heavy enough for two ft lengths from Inverter to Battery...
     
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