Inverters - mounting and cooling

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 23:37
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So, Im lookin at this 500W pure inverter.

What sort of places do people mount them?

What sort of heat do they put out - obviously depending on what they are doing, but on average with few things on them. They have a fair amount of fins on them, so gather they must get warm or hot?

Tryin to figure out where to mount mine.

Cant wait for Dave and Michelle to Return
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Reply By: Topcat (WA) - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 00:40

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 00:40
Hi Truckster, I've got my 800 watt inverter mounted in the false floor compartment behind the rear right wheel arch of my troopy. I've left about an inch clearance space around the top & sides, otherwise it's fully enclosed with the outlet panel showing. It's been in the vehicle for 10 years now & I've used pistol drills, grinders,impact wrenches etc & there's been no signs of overheating.
By the way David & Michelle should be back from their Tassie trip at the end of the month. I hope to pick their brains before I head off in that direction. Cheers.
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Reply By: Chaz - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 01:41

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 01:41
Hi Truckster,

Most perminantly mounted inverters that I have seen are fitted to the cargo barrier. Plenty of ventilation there. Personally I have not mounted mine, but prefer to carry it in a plastic toolbox with an angle grinder mainly for tyre repairs so that I can use it away from the vehicle with a mobile battery pack. Also you don't need a pure sine wave job unless you want to run something with speakers such as a 240 volt radio or TV.
If your only using it for power tools and charging your appliance batterys and laptop, a square wave will do the job and you'll get a higher wattage one for the money.
Hope it helps

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Follow Up By: David Au - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 08:58

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 08:58
Chaz that sounds like a NSW Parks locked gate buster kit you have there.
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Follow Up By: Chaz - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:49

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:49
David Au,

No no, I have a key for that! But it has proven to be very handy, dare I say it' " when I can't get the vehicle close enough to the job". Like when your doing some work on a fence for instance. drilling, grinding etc

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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 07:30

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 07:30

I had mine mounted on the cargo barrier in the 80 series and now in the Troopie. It is near a sliding window so that it easy to get to if power is required outside the vehicle.

I charge battries while I am driving which means that the inverter has to run for a couple of hours and for that reason I put it up high to help with the cooling.

A couple of heavy cables, I am using the cable from the Piranha dual battery isolater, and that supplies the power from the second battery.

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