Inverter Positioning

Submitted: Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 23:49
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Hi

I bought a Piccolo inverter (see Piccolo Inverter to use with laptop and charge sundry accesssories etc.

It can be left flexible and just plug in via cigarette lighter plug - but I would like to look at permanent mounting. I saw an inverter recently that was installed on front passenger side at feet on left wall. Seemed reasonable spot and accessible.

I would appreciate any advice as to good locations to install.

Thanks

Alan
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 00:12

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 00:12
Brought my little Piccolo 7 years ago, attached a couple of brackets to it and pop riveted in the back of the ute at the moment. Great unit, never a moments trouble.
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 07:38

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 07:38
Too low down there if you are going to be doing any creeks...
Mine is up on the cargo barrier...
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 08:07

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 08:07
It needs airflow through/across it to cool - consider that when selecting a mounting position.
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Reply By: fnq triton - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 17:32

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 17:32
i'm trying to decide whether or not to buy an inverter. what do you guys run of them? do you only use them while driving or can they handle being on when the car isn't (ie. hooked to the second batt) it would mainly be used for charging batteries, what would be the difference between charging them from the inverter compared to the cig lighter?

Cheers

Daniel
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 17:42

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 17:42
Daniel,

I use a Jaycar 300w MSW unit to charge camera (video & still) and phone batteries. Just connect it to the aux battery and go from there. I have used it connected via the cig lighter when on the move as well.

No problems at all so far.
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Reply By: Old Scalyback & denny - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 17:51

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 17:51
mine is semi permanent sits on the floor in the back and when travelling i have a 6 gang power board plugged in runs laptop 3 chargers +video camera which can run off 240 while tarvelling and sometimes my electric toothbrush charger
steve
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Reply By: Member - Andrew W (SA) - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 17:55

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 17:55
I have a 500W Pure Sine Wave inverter under the front passenger seat.

It has worked reliably including in 44 degree days when the car was in full sun without the air con on for quite a few hours.

It does get hot, but has a good heat dispersing design and a fan.

I have run large diameter cables from the second battery to it, but it is connected through a 175A Anderson plug for rapid disconnection/reconnection whenever I am fording anything that threatens to put the foot wells in water - to date, I've not had water in the cabin anyways. They're quite inexpensive - if I drowned it and it didn't work, I'd get a new one.

It is mounted off the carpet with spacers and has reasonable airflow.

I have a powerboard attached to the back of it facing the back seat passengers. That way, I don't have 240V cables hanging all over the joint, it is always accessible by the people who need it most. It just wouldn't site reasonably in the passenger footwell or roof, or anywhere else I could think of.

Ciao for now
Andrew.
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