Real Life Examples

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!

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.

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.

Remote Cabin Inveter

Cobra Power Inverter Runs Remote Cabin in Baja, Mexico

A customer of Inverters R Us recently wrote us and shared his power inverter setup. He uses the Cobra CPI-2590 inverter to power the entire cabin and a water pump. If you would like to share YOUR inverter setup with us, please use this form and we will send you a $10 Starbucks card for your efforts!  If you have any questions about the Cobra 2500 watt mentioned in the example below, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

 

The System is located in the high sierra of Baja, Mexico in a very remote location. Power inverter is a Cobra 2500 watt modified sine wave unit with a MorningStar 45 amp MPPT charge controller. The equipment is mounted in a weather proof cabinet outside on a wall under a large overhanging eve just above the battery bank. A remote on-off switch is located inside the house as is an extension USB cable. The inverter powers the cabin, submersible water pump and has provided energy to complete the construction of the interior of the dwelling. It has remarkably powered worm drive, heavy duty saws, rotary hammer drills, charged cordless power tools and all manner of finish carpentry power tools. I am very impressed with the durability and quality of the machine and highly recommend it. This is the 4th such installation in the past year. Cobra rocks!

Pellet Inverter

Our Power Inverter Lets Us Demonstrate Our Pellet Grills at Farmers Markets & Fairs!

“We sell our electronic wood-pellet grills at shows all over the country and we don’t always know if we will have access to electricity, so we always bring our power inverter.” -Michael D.Z., Wichita, Kansas

We developed a BBQ that grills meat and vegetables and produces flavors people have likely never experienced before: slow-cooked spare ribs that melt off the bone, whole juicy chickens that produce enticing aromas and cedar-plank salmon that makes non-seafood lovers fall for fish. Our small wood-pellet grills use electricity to feed the wood pellets into the fire, regulate heat and present LED displays. Our audience of potential buyers can be found at fairs, home-and-garden shows, boat shows, cookout events and farmers markets. We travel a lot to be a part of these shows and markets, and we see a lot of different types. If it’s a show we’ve never done before, we don’t always know how accessible power will be. Or, even worse, sometimes the coordinators charge extra for power. So, we always bring our own power inverters.

When people approach our booth, they expect two things: 1. To see how our grill works. 2. Free food.

If we don’t have power, we can’t show off our grills. We wouldn’t be able to fill the area with delicious smells and captivate the hungry stomachs of those who pass by. No one is going to buy a grill if they can’t see how it works or taste some flavorful food grilled on it. It’s one thing to talk about how great something is; it’s quite another to let them smell, see and taste it.

With our power inverters, we can hook up normal deep-cycle batteries and have mobile power wherever we go. The power from our pure sine power inverters provide us with electricity that’s nearly identical to the electricity that comes out of electrical outlets. It’s easy as can be. We simply make sure our batteries have a full charge before we head out, then we set up our booth so we can plug right into the power inverters, which are converting power from the batteries. Because we like to have multiple grills spread out (so we can cook different dishes simultaneously for our audience), we elected to go with multiple power inverters; we bought two. Each of them pulls from it’s own battery bank. We could have ran a  larger bank of batteries with one power inverter with a higher capacity, but we decided against it in case we needed to do two separate shows on the same day. If that’s the case, we can both take one inverter.

If the show provides power, we simply leave the power inverters in the trailer. After all, if free power is available from the show, we’re going to us it!

Inverter for Ice FIshing

Upgrade Your Ice Fishing Cabin, Use Quiet & Clean Power!

Power for Our Ice Fishing Cabin Without the Fumes and Noise

 “Winters in Minnesota may be frigid cold, but that doesn’t stop the fish from biting. Our ice-fishing cabin has been in our family for 35 years. Getting out there lets you get away from it all, which is incredible … as long as the cabin stays warm and the Minnesota Wild games play on the TV.”

-Matt S., Mahnomen, Minnesota

 

Our ice-fishing cabin is located on the west side of the Lake of the Woods, between Long Point—in the United States—and Buffalo Point—in Canada. During the summer the lake melts and we drag the cabin on “skis” back to dry land until the next deep freeze hits. My father and grandfather built the cabin 35 years ago and it remains in great shape. The insulation is top notch and the small upgrades we’ve made over the years continue to make it a more enjoyable getaway. We have a wood-block table for setting up a small stove to heat coffee, a few chairs that stack up out of the way if no one is using them and there’s even a small cot that folds down from one of the walls if you need to lie down.

 

For years everyone was content with listening to a battery-powered radio, talking, playing cards and having a couple drinks while we fished. However, the nonstop shivering made the experience less tolerable, especially if you wanted to stay more than a couple hours. My dad used a kerosene heater, which worked fine for a while, but it acted up quite a bit and the odor of kerosene keeps fish away (if you get it on your hands and then tie your bait on). When that heater finally blew its last flame, we looked into other options, namely electric heaters. Knowing we didn’t want a rattling, fume-y, gasoline-powered generator, we looked into battery power. It made complete sense to pull power from a deep-cycle battery that could perform in cold temperatures, and to do so all we needed was a power inverter, to convert the DC battery power into AC power for using various electronics, like space heaters and lights. We bought our power inverter from Inverters R Us, they had a ton of different options.

 

Since our inverter had plenty of power, I started bringing other electronic devices and more batteries with me when I’d visit the cabin. During hockey season, I now bring a small TV with a satellite dish and receiver so I can watch the Minnesota Wild games. These days, when I go out to the cabin with my son, we are warm, we have hockey, we can cook lunch on a hot plate and drink coffee and hot chocolate while we fish. So, as long as the fish are biting, we’re staying put. Plus, mom doesn’t really want us home unless we’re bringing a catch of walleye or sauger for frying.

Inverter Powered Mobile Landscaping

Running a Mobile Landscape Business on Battery Power

“I’ve operated my own landscaping business for five years. During the summer two years ago a client asked if I ever thought about moving my business toward solar power—something I’d never considered … but it piqued my interest.”

-Craig V., Albuquerque, New Mexico

The more I thought about running a solar-powered landscaping business, the more I wanted to really do it. I can’t say there aren’t some discouraging obstacles in the way, most notably cost, as battery-powered power tools for landscaping typically run significantly more expensive. The other drawback is the loss of power. Sometimes the horsepower needed to complete a job can only come from gas-powered equipment. But, the more I started considering all the types of jobs my business provided, the more I identified as being possible with tools ran by man power, like shovels, hand trimmers and shears. Sure, it might take a little more effort and a little more time, but if it’s something my clients value, that’s what I want to stand for.

This year, I’ve taken big steps toward this solar vision by purchasing a panel of batteries and a power inverter. I’ve also sold many of my gas-powered tools and moved toward battery-powered options. We also invested in the nicest “man-power” hand tools as well. I’ve shared this vision with my clients and some of them are very encouraging, while some of them don’t seem to care as long as the job gets done correctly. I have received more referrals this year than any year prior, and they all mention how they value a company that’s taking efforts to reduce its “carbon footprint.”

Sure, I haven’t installed both of our trailers with solar panels, voltage regulators and sufficient battery backups, but that will happen in phases. For now, both of our trailers have more battery-powered or electric tools than gas-powered tools, which is a great start. I have battery setups that provide power that is converted through a power inverter. We plug in our electric tools and use heavy-duty extension cords to get the job done. A few of our clients have even volunteered their own home’s electricity while we work on their landscaping, which I didn’t see coming. It’s amazing that a number of our clients will now pay a little more for our services AND let us pull power from their homes while we work. I never saw that as possible. Plus, our savings in gasoline purchases alone has really cut down our overhead.

Moving to solar is a big investment, but I am really excited in the direction my small landscaping business is headed.

Inverter For Beach

Freshly Blended Margaritas at the Beach? Yes Please.

“We spend a lot of time with our friends at the beach. Living within an hour’s drive of majestic Lake Tahoe means summer-long access to some of the most serene fresh-water beach landscapes in the country. We bought a small power inverter to run our radio and a few fans … then we remembered the blender.”

-Michelle G., Reno, Nevada

Summertime means lake days, and it has since high school. The blue waters of Lake Tahoe—although quite chilly year-round—have a magnetic way about them, as they seem to call at you on sunny days when you’re off work. I also have to admit I may have even called in “sick” to work a time or two when the Lake’s call was especially strong.

My boyfriend and I have been the heads of more than our fair share of lake adventures during our time together. We have a Facebook group of friends dedicated to lake outings. Of the 72 miles that make up the perimeter of the natural lake, we’ve explored, well, all 72. The variety of beaches is remarkable.

Having been to the Lake’s beaches as many times as we have, we’ve learned a thing or two about what makes the days at the beach all they can be. On one particular beach outing, we shared a small section of sand in an isolated cove with a family of six. The family hauled down quite the buffet and spread it out across two folding tables. What caught our attention was their series of George Forman Grills cooking up steak and shrimp sandwiches, which were delicious. In addition to the grills, the family also had a few cooling fans and a stereo plugged in. After talking with the dad of the group, we learned that he’d been bringing his power inverter and battery setup to the beach since his kids were babies. He plugs in the air pumps for their inner tubes and other float toys too. He showed us how simple the setup was to use and told us how he charged it back at the house. He carried it down in a tote bag, hooked it up and had immediate power to plug into.

After that day we were determined to get one for ourselves. We put it off for a while for some odd reason, but then were persuaded to make the investment (which was minimal) the day before we were heading out to a secluded beach for an overnight trip. On this trip we powered two fans during the day, but then also had a big light that we powered up at night. We also blew up the airbed in our tent with an electronic pump. Now we were on to something. Our setup was simple: a 500-watt power inverter and a small battery. We bought a regular car battery, but later found out it likely wouldn’t last long if we drained it all the way down and then recharged it over and over again. For that kind of abuse, a guy recommended a deep-cycle battery. However, our first battery still does the trick, even though we can tell it doesn’t hold as long of a charge any longer.

Staying cool with the fans and having light at night is nice, but you know the real kicker? Freshly blended drinks on a hot day. When we flip on the blender we become the life of the beach.

Power Outage Inverter

The Cost of NOT Having Backup Power

“My husband and I can live through a power outage just fine, but the food in our refrigerator and freezer can’t. We are now prepared for the next one”

-Natalie S., Arlington, Texas

Because it’s only my husband and me living in our home, power outages don’t drive us all that crazy. It’s not as if we have small children or technology-addicted teenagers or aquariums. We can survive just fine without power, and have on multiple occasions. However, there’s an expense we never considered until late last summer: The cost of having to replace everything that spoils in the refrigerator.

The summer was going along quite smoothly, although it was HOT—even hotter than usual. Then, in the middle of August we got hit with a series of thunderstorms, which is quite common for our location in Texas. The summer had mostly been a drought and then the heavy storms came. Because of the dry weather that preceded the storms, flooding broke out all over town. When a particularly windy thunderstorm struck, our power was knocked out after a frenzy of lightning. Because of the flooding, there was quite a bit of damage throughout the area and it took a few days for the electric company to restore our power, as it just so happened our neighborhood was among the first to lose power and the last to regain it. In total, we were out of power for a little more than 80 hours.

In that amount of time—and with the high heat we were experiencing—everything in our refrigerator spoiled and nearly everything in our freezer thawed. After trying to salvage some questionable condiments, like mayonnaise, we decided to be safe and throw everything out. Before the power came back on, we purchased some bags of ice to keep frozen meat cold in a cooler, but the ice all melted and the meat became waterlogged.

When all was said and done, we were left with an empty, and smelly, refrigerator—not to mention a messy freezer with puddles of melted ice cream. Not only did we feel awful throwing all that food out, but we had to also “eat” the replacement costs to restock the refrigerator. In our estimation, we were out close to $350 of meat, vegetables, dairy, desserts and frozen fish. When you add in our grocery store bill of $225 to restock, we were looking at a total expense of $575 after that costly power outage. Therefore, we decided that even having to replace one refrigerator full of food after an extended power outage could make an investment into backup power well worth it.

A Good Power Inverter to Keep Your Goods from Spoiling
After cutting our losses from the damage last year’s power outage caused in our refrigerator, we talked with our neighbors, who had invested in backup power the year prior because of their young children. They told us about an inexpensive power inverter and battery setup they had purchased for use during times when they’re left in the dark. They had a 1,000-watt power inverter with enough battery supply that they plugged in their refrigerator, lights and even let their kids plug in their electronics when the power stayed off for prolonged periods. We loved the idea and once we looked into it, we figured it was a relatively small investment (we spent about $200), especially when compared to the $575 hit we took last year after one long patch of powerlessness.

We haven’t been without power since, but now we feel much better that we are prepared. We’ve plugged our refrigerator into the power inverter, along with some other appliances, and we’re confident that it’ll keep us from being vulnerable during the next power outage.

Truck Camper Inverter

The Power to Sleep, Stay Warm and Make Coffee … All in a Pickup Truck Camper Shell

“I have what I like to think of as a “hunting honey hole” that’s been a secret of mine for years. Each hunting season I drive my Chevy pickup out to this spot and hunt the surrounding lands, never seeing another hunter. This past season I was determined to make life in the back of my pickup truck for two nights more comfortable. For me, this meant having a power inverter to run a few electronics.”

-Shayne G., Elko, Nevada

For the first seven or eight years of hunting this spot, I only went out for the day and drove back home. Then, about two years ago now, I started staying one night in the back of my truck, packing blankets and a sleeping bag to try and stay warm. Two years ago I stayed for multiple nights for the first time ever. I was able to come home with enough chukar to stock the freezer, which made my wife happy because these little birds are delicious in the crockpot. So, this past season I was committed to staying multiple nights, but I was unwilling to put up with sleeping in the cold, uncomfortable nights in the truck bed and really roughing it.

When I started shopping for some “comfort” items to make the trip more enjoyable, I started first with an airbed that fit my truck bed. Then, I went for an electric heater. I thought I was set … then I considered how nice it would be to wake up to hot coffee to take on my hunt. With those three items—an airbed, a space heater and a coffee pot—I was set. I looked at battery-operated options, but they fell short—especially in the areas of heaters and coffee pots. When I considered electric options, I first ruled out the idea of my power source being a gas generator. Not only would it be a pain to lug in, but the noise and smell would tell ever chukar in the area that I was here to hunt them and put them in a crock pot. I thought a power inverter to convert battery power to AC power was going to be outrageous; boy was I pleasantly surprised.

I bought a modified sine wave power inverter and a deep cycle battery for under $300, which was a great investment because they both had warranties that guaranteed I’d get a long life from them. I could have gotten by without buying a battery specific for my electronic needs and just used my truck’s battery, but I didn’t like the possibility of falling asleep with the heater on and draining the battery. Plus, the salesperson I talked to warned me against draining my car battery time and time again, as I would significantly reduce its lifespan. Therefore, I just felt better having a battery dedicated to my power needs and leave my car battery to only making sure my truck started when it was time to leave.

This setup was so great I even stayed a third night this past season. I was comfortable in my truck bed for the first time; I had heat, and I woke up knowing I had the ability to make hot coffee. I was set. The chukar count may have been a low one this year, but I had a much more enjoyable experience out in the nature this time around. I think next season I’m bringing a hot plate so I can wake up to coffee and bacon!