Author - Deutsch's Truck

Power Inverter Battery Cables
1/0 Battery Cables

Power Inverter Battery Cables…Size Matters 1/0, 4/0, 4 AWG

Power Inverter Battery Cables

Power inverter battery cables are not some of the most exciting things in the world, but chances are, if you are reading this you probably have an interest in them and may have a question or two in regards to which battery cable is right for your application. First, lets talk about the different sizes of power inverter cables that we carry and which inverters they are rated for. We carry 4 AWG, 1/0 AWG, and 4/0 AWG battery cables that are made in the USA and cut, crimped and heat shrunk here in good ole Reno NV by skilled craftsman that take pride in their work.  Speaking of Reno, here’s a quick pitch to the locals: If you need great quality, UL battery cables made fast, give us a call at 866-419-2616. Order & pickup the same day.

 4 AWG Battery Cables

Four AWG battery cables should be used on power inverters rated up to 1500 watts and most commonly used on 900, 1000, 1100, 1200 watt inverters. Smaller sized inverters generally come with a short 6 AWG cable which is included with the inverter. You can find our 4 AWG cables here on IRU and on Amazon. Most customer’s will use a 150A ANL fuse kit that goes in-line on the positive cable from the power inverter to the battery.

 

1/0 AWG Battery Cables

1/0 AWG battery cables should be used on power inverters rated up to 3500 watts and most commonly used on 2000, 2200, 2500, 3000, 3300 and 3500 watt inverters.  You can find our 1/0 AWG cables here on IRU and on Amazon. We have 200A and 300A ANL fuses and fuse kits available for use with 1/0 AWG cables.  You can find them on IRU and Amazon as well.

4/0 AWG Battery Cables

4/0 AWG battery cables should be used on power inverters rated over 3500 watts and most commonly used on 4000, 4400, 5000, 6000, 6600, 7000, 8000, 9000, 10,000 and 12,000 watt inverters.  You can find our 4/0 AWG cables here on IRU and on Amazon. For these larger applications, use one of the 500A ANL fuse kits, once again found here on IRU or on Amazon.

 

In Review:

4 AWG – up to 1500 watts
1/0 AWG – up to 3500 watts
4/0 AWG – over 3500 watts

If you have any questions regarding cables and which size might be right for your application, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 866-419-2616 and we can walk you through everything you need.

 

Read more...
Bestek 2000 watt inverter

Don’t use 4 AWG Cables on a BESTEK 2000 Watt Inverter

We came across something strange the other day while cruising the ole inter-webs that bothered us. We don’t even sell BESTEK 2000 watt inverters, but thought we should bring some attention to something that we are sure is causing people issues. The BESTEK 2000 Watt DC to AC power inverter seems to be a pretty popular inverter choice on Amazon, that is not strange in itself as there seems to be more and more Chinese made inverters popping up on Amazon every single day. It is a pretty run of the mill 2000 watt DC to AC modified sine wave unit with some of the typical bells and whistles. What we found disturbing is that the #1 accessory that people are purchasing along with this 2000 watt inverter is the Cobra CPI-A4000BC which is a 4 AWG Power Inverter Cable Kit, which Cobra themselves state is HEAVY DUTY. This cable kit, while nice, is certainly not HEAVY DUTY. The maximum watt inverter anyone should be using this kit on is 1500 watts….PERIOD. It alarms us that so many people out there are using these cables on this inverter!

DO NOT use inferior cables such as 4 AWG on a BESTEK 2K power inverter as you will be robbing yourself from the maximum power that the inverter can produce. You are simple wasting your money. If that wasn’t bad enough, using undersized cables will result in the cables getting warm to very hot depending on the load and can potentially melt or catch fire! Some may say “That’s OK, I will not use my BESTEK inverter to it’s full capacity, so my undersized four AWG cables are fine”. Don’t take this chance because we all know what can and will happen. One day someone or perhaps yourself will “accidentally” plug in a device that is rated for more than 1500 watts (the absolute limit of most 4 AWG cables) and then the fun will start. Don’t even ask us why they include a cig lighter plug with this unit…that’s a whole ‘nother story!

We carry a much better option, the Spartan Power 1/0 AWG 3 foot cable set for BESTEK 2000 watt DC to AC power inverters are Made in the USA, carry a Lifetime Crimp Warranty and most importantly can easily handle a 2000 watt inverter. These battery cables come with Adhesive Lined Irradiated Polyolefin (PO) heat shrink, which is exceptionally resistant to water, fungus, and UV light. These quality cable sets are guaranteed by both Inverters R Us & Spartan Power to provide you with reliable current.

 

Cable Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Polyvinyl-chloride (PVC) insulation
  • 90°C MTW – UL & CSA 105°C
  • Voltage rating: 600 volts
  • VW-1 & moisture resistant
  • ROHS Compliant
  • UL 1232/1284/1338/10269 Approved

 

Heat Shrink Features:

  • Shrink ratio: Approximately 3 to 1 at +90°C
  • Operational temp. range: -55°C to +135°C
  • Dielectric strength: 500 V/mil (197 kV/cm)
  • Volume resistivity: 1014 ohm-cm
  • Tensile strength: 1500 psi (141 kg/cm2)
  • Specifications: AMS-DTL-23053/5, CL 1 and CL 3; UL 224, VW-1; CSA 198, OFT

 

You can find these cables on IRU or on Amazon if you prefer.

Read more...
Car Jump Starter
Spartan Power SP-JS20K Side
Spartan Power SP-JS20K Jump Starter

January Spartan Power 900A Portable Jump Starter Giveaway!

This month we are changing it up and instead of a power inverter giveaway, we are excited to be awarding THREE Spartan Power SP-JS20K 900A 20,000mAh portable car jump starters! These small but powerful jump starters can start any gas engine up to 6.5L & diesel engines up to 5.2L which means they are great for cars, trucks, boats, lawn mowers and much more. Every husband should make sure their wife has one of these jump starters in her car, every parent should have one in the child’s vehicle. Not only will they start a completely dead vehicle, they can also charge virtually ANY new cell phone or laptop sold today! This Spartan Power SP-JS20K jump starter also has a poweful LED light which has three modes: bright, strobe and SOS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more...
Whistler XP1600i

December Whistler 1600 Watt Power Inverter Giveaway

A little late, but this December, we are giving away a Whistler 1600 watt 12V DC to AC power inverter which is a nice little mid sized inverter with all the bells and whistles and a two year warranty. The Whistler XP1600i retails for $147 and is great for running fridges, freezers, lights or inflatable snowman (haha).

There’s still time to stuff your stockings with a small power inverter, I mean, who doesn’t like getting a power inverter on Christmas? We are shipping orders all week, if you need help choosing an inverter, please don’t hesitate to give one one our elves a call!

Read more...
Inverter & Solar Financing

Buy Your Power Inverter or Solar Project Today, Pay Later

Inverters R Us has partnered with PayPal so that you can pay for your new power inverter or solar project today and pay it back over time. Our most popular option that our customers take advantage of is no payments and no interest for purchases over $99 if paid within 6 months. There are multiple ways to pay, choose the method that works best for you!

Power Pete

Special Inverter & Solar Financing Options:

 

No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months when you spend $99 or more.

  • Interest will be charged to your account from the posting date (which is usually within a few days after the purchase date) if the purchase balance is not paid in full within 6 months.
  • Getting what you want, when you want is easy with PayPal Credit.

Avoid interest charges.

  • Log into your account online to check your account information at any time to keep track and make payments.
  • We’ll also email you when your monthly statement is ready to help you stay on top of your purchases.
  • Just be sure you pay the amount financed for this purchase in full by the promotion expiration date to avoid interest on this purchase.
  • You can even use the special financing offers on multiple purchases when you spend $99 or more on each individual transaction.
  • Multiple purchases of less than $99 per transaction cannot be combined to meet the minimum purchase amount.

You decide how to pay.

  • If you don’t want to pay before the promotional period ends, you will owe the interest that has accumulated at an Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of 19.99% starting from the posting date (which is usually within a few days after the purchase date).
  • This accumulated or deferred interest will get added onto your account balance when the promotional period for this purchase expires if the balance is not paid in full.
  • Deferred interest amounts and expiration dates are available online and on your statements, so you can stay in control of your money.

 

Apply Today!

Read more...
Wagan 2294

October 2016 Wagan 1000 Watt Power Inverter Giveaway

This month, we are giving away a Wagan 1000 Watt 12 Volt DC to AC modified sine wave power inverter which retails for about $100! The Wagan 2294 has been around forever and is known for it’s reliability, vast amount of built-in features and high surge. This inverter even comes with it’s own set of battery cables!  Like we said, the Wagan 2294 is a modified sine wave inverter so don’t go running out and putting it in your semi after you win and try to run your microwave or variable speed tool, for those applications we recommend one of Wagan’s pure sine wave inverters. We will hold the drawing at the end of the month, enter today and good luck!

Power Pete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more...
Camping by Hot Springs

Camping by Hot Springs with Some Comforts of Home, Such as Power!

“The western U.S. has some of the most enjoyable, breathtaking geothermal hot springs on Earth. My husband and I partially moved here because of our love for finding remote hot-spring destinations within Nevada and the surrounding states. The resorts are OK, but we prefer finding a hidden gym where we can camp and have the hot spring all to ourselves. Out in the great wide open, it’s nice to have a power inverter to make camping more comfortable.”

-Jennifer P., Carson City, Nevada

Soaking in a natural hot spring has incredibly rejuvenating benefits. The natural minerals and high temperatures do wonders for the body and mind. The feeling after a couple days of periodic soaking is entirely refreshing. The combination of being far away from the hustle and bustle, getting under the stars on a clear night and having a mineral-rich hot spring all to ourselves … well there’s nothing quite like it.

My husband and I are in our early 30s, which means we are just a little past the portion of our lives in which we were fine sleeping on the hard ground in cold tents. We’ve updated our camping gear to make our trips really rewarding. When it comes to sleeping arrangements, we have a large tent with a blowup, queen-sized airbed. We also plug in a heated blanket on cold nights and couldn’t be more snuggly. (Note, when using a heated blanket, make sure it’s compatible with the type of power inverter you’re using. Not all power inverters are created equal). The power inverter we bring with us helps with the electric pump and the heated electric blanket. We also plug in a small lamp and set it on a folding table for games and mealtime. Speaking of eating, we love the convenience of crockpot cooking and have for some time. I’ll pull all kinds of goodies from the cooler we packed and throw them all in the crockpot while we are away on day hikes exploring. When we get back to camp, we sit in the warm water for a soak and our campsite smells delicious. Just FYI, we don’t use the crockpot if we are in the mountains anywhere near bear territory, which would be an open invitation to have our camp raided by hungry bears.

Having power at our campsites lets us really settle into a place for a few nights. We have our hot spring, our “kitchen” area with the table and cooking gadgets, our “master bedroom” with our cozy bed, and our truck-bed storage box where we keep our clothes, hiking gear, games and more.

If you’ve never camped beside a natural hot spring, do so immediately. And, take our advice: go for a few nights and take a power source—we recommend a quiet and reliable power inverter from Inverters R Us!

Read more...
Farm Inverter

Electric Pump on the Farm Makes Watering the Animals a Breeze!

“Hauling water from one of our three ponds to the cages of our animals was a serious pain. If our kids had gotten in trouble recently, it was easy to give them that daily chore, but when it’s on my shoulders, I’d much rather use an electric pump.”

-Ken W., Claremore, Oklahoma.

We live on a 20-acre farm about 15 miles north of Tulsa, Oklahoma. When we built our home 22 years ago, we had the builders dig out 3 ponds on our property. With the amount of rain we get annually, the ponds stay full (or even overflowing) most years. It’s nice to have natural water to give to our farm animals rather than having to pull from our well. As our farm started growing, I quickly knew that hauling buckets of water to the various animal cages was going to become more and more tedious. The cows and horses have one of the ponds within their five-acre fence. But the pigs, pheasants, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, guineas and llamas all need to be watered every other day, at least, during the summer.

I started using a beat-up, gas-powered pump from a neighbor as I was putting together a rudimentary watering system with hoses running to each of the cages. However, it was a pain to start and sputtered out about halfway through the job usually. Not enjoying my experience with the gas-powered setup, I moved to an electric pump. All of the cages are pretty far from our house so we aren’t disturbed by the sounds (and smells) of all the animals. Running a series of extension cords isn’t an option for getting power to the pump.

I bought a power inverter last summer from Inverters R Us and rigged up a system that works easily for me. We have a couple of four-wheelers in the barn (one for the kids to play with and one for farm work). I have a box on the back that stores the power inverter and battery; this box keeps the setup dry in the rain. Then I have a small rack next to the box for when I need to strap on the water pump and go to the next pond. I keep plastic hosing going to each cage and it’s as simple as hooking the pump to the pond hose and then attaching the correct hose leading to each animal cage. The only thing I have to watch for is the animals knocking the hose from the fitting over their water troughs; the pigs are notorious for this, so I keep moving it higher and higher on the fence.

I’ve been using this setup for about 8 months now with no issues. Plus, now that I have invested in the power inverter and battery, I think I’ll work next at rigging something that lets me thaw the trough water for the animals during the frigid winter months, like now. For this, I’m still resorting to a pickaxe and hammer to break the top layer of ice each day. This method gets pretty miserable, but as long as one of our teenage boys continues to get in trouble periodically, I can punish them with this labor-intensive chore; it’s good for their character.

Read more...
Inverter for Ghost Hunting

Power Inverter Runs Ghost Hunting Equipment

You can’t find the ghosts without the right equipment. And once you find them, you can’t document them if all of your recording equipment is out of power. I’m not willing to take any chances, so I always carry a power inverter on my outings.”

-Ron H., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

From a series of digital video and audio recorders to motion sensors and electromagnetic field detectors, my team uses a lot of gear on our ghost hunts. Unlike the TV shows that make their money by providing drama and convincing advertisers to buy spots, we ghost-hunt only as a hobby for ourselves. Therefore, what counts to us is catching something on record; that’s what lights us up.

The destinations we travel to include abandoned mine shafts, ghost towns, old railroad yards, decommissioned hospitals and prisons, ancient churches and other desolate locations. Most of the places we hunt for ghosts are far away from functioning power outlets. Since we have so much electronic equipment with short battery life, we need to be close to reliable power. Dragging a bulky gas-powered generator is not appropriate for what we do, as you can imagine. So, we’ve fashioned a mobile cart that has a high capacity pure sine wave power inverter and three deep-cycle batteries connected to one another, otherwise called a “parallel.” This compact cart comes in handy when we are traveling down a narrow mine shaft or trying to navigate the attic of an old building without having it collapse.

Having this reliable source of power allows us to focus on our mission instead of worrying when the next time we’ll be able to recharge the batteries in our equipment. There’s a lot to juggle while out on a hunt, so the fewer things we have to worry about, the better.

With our power inverter, all we have to remember before we head out is to fully charge the three deep-cycle batteries. Other than that, there’s no maintenance, no gasoline to purchase and nothing to forget.

We love what we do and we love being able to focus on what excites us rather than whether or not our equipment will work. This is the hobby we chose and we’re always looking for ways to make it more enjoyable. One major way was purchasing the power inverter and letting go of the worry of not having power. From now on, we’ll always have power … as long as we don’t forget to recharge the batteries before our trip. If so, we might find ourselves in a compromising situation when our electric lights go out.

Read more...
Inverter for Air Compressor

Power Inverter Runs His Repair Van’s Large Air Compressors

I purchased the 5000 watt inverter along with the “bigger is better” battery for our mobile repair van. The primary use of the equipment, as can be seen in the attached picture, is for changing out tires on some commercial work trucks. (IRU Note: We lost the picture during the great server swap of 2016…sorry about that).

The main trick to make this “gasoline free” setup was to find a “continuous run” compressor that was capable of around 10cfm. Continuous run is important because the required amperage never really exceeds 19amps whereas your regular compressors stop compressing when a certain air pressure is achieved. The problem is that when you run the air pressure down on one of those regular compressors, the amperage to start compressing again can be huge, possibly exceeding the capacity of the inverter (it really depends upon the size of the compressor motor). We do need to be careful of one thing though, and that is that we must empty the air tanks after every use. Starting the compressor with air already in the tank is the same as the situation just mentioned for those regular compressors but its good practice to do this anyway to prevent moisture buildup in the tanks.

Soooo, for you techies out there that have been considering a setup like this and wondering if it would work, well I’m here to tell you that it does. And the battery really seems to hold its charge for quite a while. At this point, we just charge the battery in the shop when necessary but we are considering running it off the vehicles alternator with a switch.

If it wasn’t for this inverter and monster battery, none of this would have been possible.

Thanks Inverters R US!

Read more...