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Spartan Power SP-JS20K Jump Starter
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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!

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!