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A Power Inverter For My Houseboat

“Where I live in northern California, houseboating is a big hobby, possibly more than anywhere in the country outside of Lake Havasu in Arizona, which is more for spring breakers and less for houseboating enthusiasts. I’ve refurbished an old beat-up houseboat I actually won in a poker game. This year’s upgrade: a houseboat inverter.”

-Danny B., Redding, California
 
 
Living for nearly 20 years next to Shasta Lake, I always had friends who took up the hobby of boating, namely houseboating. The lake is somewhat magnetic, calling people from all over the country to explore its seemingly endless fingers, all of which offer diverse landscapes, colors, depths and wildlife. There are plenty of marinas spotted around the lake that rent their fleet of high-end, furnished houseboats to tourists. I’ve rented from all of them on numerous occasions over the years. I’d been thinking of buying my own as an investment, but there always seemed to be something else that tied up my finances.

Then, 4 years ago, I won the boat title of a worn and weathered houseboat built in the late 1980s. While some people may have seen winning the boat as a money pit or a “my-problem-now type thing,” I was ecstatic. Where my wife saw an eyesore, I saw a fulfilling project that would allow us to spend more time together on the lake we both cherished. The first few projects on my new boat were all mechanical (and painting). Once it was in running order and we got out on the open water, we both knew my new hobby was going to be worthwhile.

Once the boat was operable and we knew it wouldn’t leave us stranded in one of the lake’s deep fingers far away from help, we started refurbishing the inside so we could feel at home. New bedding, fire extinguishers, board games, portable lights and new flooring came first. Then, it was time to upgrade the kitchen. My wife begged for an oven and stove for cooking, something we’d enjoyed on the many rentals we experienced together with friends. For this, I knew it was a good excuse to tackle the issue of electricity. Most rental houseboats come with a gas-powered generator to power your devices (and provide the luxury of in-boat air conditioning; something we didn’t have). I’d considered installing a generator, but we had both experienced issues getting old generators cranked up when we needed them. Plus, the noise wasn’t something we enjoyed when we were anchored on the lake under the stars with the owls hooting from the shore.

After talking with a friend (the same one I’d won the boat from in the first place), he was determined to sell me on the idea of a DC-to-AC power inverter with a bank of deep-cycle batteries that were designed to be drained of power and recharged over and over again without issue. He recommended a solar panel setup for recharging the batteries and that’s something I kept in my back pocket on my wish list.

When we first installed the battery and houseboat inverter setup, I was fine with recharging the batteries with an AC charger we could plug into shore power at the marinas (or back at the house when we trailered the boat home, which we did more times than not after an outing). Sure, the batteries are quite heavy, so I typically use an extension cord at the house instead of hauling them out each time.

The setup is simple and it allows us to cook, run fans, keep lights on to play games after dinner and plug in our cellphones to charge when we are out on the water for an extended period.

Simply put, the setup is awesome. I still plan to invest in solar panels, but first I’m looking at a new grill for the front deck of the boat. When we catch a largemouth bass, a string of crappie or an elusive Chinook salmon off the back of the boat, there’s quite the urge to get to fileting and cook the fish right on the spot. Oh, and my wife would like a kayak to better explore the narrow channels. So, grill, then kayak, then solar setup.

Oh houseboating; it’s the greatest hobby in the world. Happy houseboating.

Inverter R Us choice for a houseboat inverter : Spartan Power Inverter / Chargers

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Bring Power to Your Barn or Man Cave

Barn or Man Cave Power

“I’ve had bad experiences with owning gas-powered generators in the past. Therefore, when I needed mobile power to run my tools for a building project on the outskirts of my property, I turned to a power inverter.”

-Greg H., Springdale, Arkansas
My Power Inverter Provided Mobile Power While Building a Second Barn on My Property
My family moved onto a small farm last spring in rural Arkansas. Among the many projects I had to complete was a second barn for keeping animal feed and some equipment dry and secure. The first challenge I ran into was getting electricity to the building site so I could power my electric tools. Since the site was located on our land close to a quarter-mile away from our home, extension cords were out of the question. Not pleased with the gas-powered generators I’d owned in the past, I turned to a power invertor to supply mobile power and help me complete the job.

Mobile Power Inverter for Mobile Power
I bought a setup that is easily transportable on the back of my small ATV. Each day I brought a deep-cycle battery up to the construction site and hooked it up to my mobile power inverter, which converts the battery power (DC) into useable power for my tools (AC). I had plenty of juice to run my power tools; it couldn’t have been simpler. Plus, since I went with a Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter, I was able to run all my power tools as if I was plugged directly into the wall; the research I did suggested that some of my tools would run hot or inefficiently had I gone with a Modified Sine Wave Power Inverter.

When I was done working on the barn each day, I stored my tools and the power inverter under an overhang just incase it rained. Then I took the battery back to the house where I attached it to a battery charger that was plugged into an outlet in the garage. I would let it charge all night and the battery was always ready to perform again the next morning. Again, it couldn’t have been simpler.

I completed the barn in about two months, which wasn’t bad considering I was able to do it myself and I was still working at my real job. As an added bonus, I now have a perfectly capable power inverter and battery setup that we take camping and use during power outages. My experience with power inverters is now far and beyond what I experienced with unreliable gas-power generators.

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Saving Refrigerated Food in a Power Outage or Blackout

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“Last summer, gale-force winds knocked out the power in our home and the electric company didn’t restore electricity for 72 hours. The heat of the summer beat the cold right out of our refrigerator and storage freezer, ruining heaps of food. There’s no way I’m letting that happen again.”

¬Chris M., Niceville, Florida
 

My family lives in Florida, in a town where high winds are often the cause of power outages that can sporadically leave us without power for extended periods of time. We’ve resorted to using flashlights and candles on many occasions, and I feel we are well prepared to last through a power outage without any major issues, except when it comes to keeping our perishable food cool. The summers here get hot … really hot. And the old trick of simply not opening the refrigerator doesn’t cut it if the power remains off longer than a day. After throwing out all of our refrigerated and frozen food following a long power outage last summer, we started to rethink our level of preparedness and decided to come up with a backup plan.

 

Where to Start
Our homeowners association has rules against running gas-powered generators, even during times of prolonged power outages. Silly, I know. Therefore, the obvious choice for our situation was to purchase a power inverter. I didn’t have much knowledge of power inverters before I began doing my research; all I knew was that they were devices that converted DC power (the power stored in batteries) to AC power (the kind of power that comes out of your electrical outlets at home). After further research talking with our neighbors, I was convinced that a power inverter would meet our needs. With a backup battery to pull power from, I could simply plug our refrigerator or our storage freezer into the power inverter to keep our food preserved during a period without electricity.

 

Deciding on an Inverter
Of course, as with everything it seems, there were countless power-inverter options. As I read more, I was pleased that my needs were pretty minimal and my family could get just what we needed for under $100. Now, if we ever decided that we wanted to run more appliances or gadgets through the inverter, we would likely need to buy an inverter with a higher capacity and invest in a larger battery bank. But, for us, a simple 1000-watt power inverter was enough. Plus, I had a deep cycle battery in the garage I didn’t have much use for since selling our boat a few years back. We went with what they call a modified Sine power inverter, which means it puts out electricity that’s a bit different than what comes out of the power outlets in our home, but still runs most appliances just fine. There’s plenty of information online about the difference between modified sine and pure sine wave power inverters, and if you have questions about whether or not the appliances you want to run can be powered by a modified sine power inverter, I suggest doing some online research or just call Inverters R Us like we did.

 

For my family’s minimal needs, we simply looked on our refrigerator and our storage freezer to see their watt usage and went from there. Our refrigerator is 720 watts and our storage freezer is right at 500. Therefore, we can’t run them at the same time with the 1000-watt power inverter we bought, but we are just fine with running them alternately for periods of time to keep their contents cold. Also, we could have purchased a power inverter with a built in automatic transfer switch that clicks on to power the refrigerator when the electricity goes out, but we went with simple; we’re just fine moving the plug over to the inverter setup if the power goes out. For extended outages, I simply run an extension cord out to the garage and start one of the cars up (with the garage door up) and run the inverter off my vehicle until the temp of the fridge gets down.

 

Now, this summer, should the power go out (as it usually does), all of our food will be kept cool … even if my family has to sweat a little without the air conditioning.

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Power Inverter vs. Generator: Pros and Cons

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Power Inverter vs. Generator: Main Pros and Cons of Power Inverters Over Generators

When considering converting power to be used by electronic devices and household appliances, the options generally narrow down to the two obvious choices: A gas-powered generator or a DC to AC power inverter. While there are some circumstances that lean toward gas-powered generators being the wise choice, most pros-and-cons lists will end up with power inverters winning the argument. Let’s look at why.

The circumstances surrounding where you’ll be using your power source always help decide your best options. For this article, we’re considering both backup power from your home (saved for power outages) and power away from home (in an RV, a semi-truck, or a hunting cabin). In both situations, you want reliable power that allows you to run your electronic devices. The main differences when deciding Power Inverter vs. Generator include efficiency, fuel and noise.

Efficiency
You can purchase gas-powered generators and power inverters that will supply you with plenty of power to run your devices. However, most gas-powered generators will not be able to supply you with efficient power that’s identical to the power supplied to your home by the power company; neither will cheaper power inverters, called Modified Sine Wave Inverters. Large gas-powered generators can get pretty close to consistent, clean Pure Sine Wave power and there’s a type of power inverter—appropriately called Pure Sine Wave Power Inverters—that gives you power which is identical to that supplied by the power company. Most appliances and devices are designed to run from Pure Sine Wave power. Most of them can run on Modified Sine Wave power, but they may run hotter than usual and may not run as efficiently.

If efficiency is a big deal for your situation, a Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter is right for you.

Fuel
Generators convert power from gasoline. A power inverter converts battery power and therefore eliminates the need for gasoline. Using gasoline as your power supply comes down to storing it and having enough of it. Gasoline can only be stored for about one month without any additives. Therefore, if you’re planning on having a generator for backup power in your home, you’ll have to keep fresh gasoline on-hand, as you likely won’t want to be running to the gas station in the event of a weather-related power outage. The next issue is having enough of it while you use the generator. A 5000-watt generator can run through about one gallon every hour.

If storing enough fresh gasoline is difficult for your situation, a power inverter is your best bet.

Noise
This one is easy. Generators produce noise. Cheap generators produce a lot of noise. Power inverters are silent.

If you are using your power supply in an apartment or campsite, noisy generators are a nuisance; a power inverter is your best bet.

In these three main areas power inverters come out on top. Of course, power inverters do have some factors to consider as well, such as how large of a battery will you need to run your desired devices and how much a capable power inverter will cost? Hopefully, you can now compare the advantages and disadvantages between gas-powered generators and power inverters based on your situation and narrow your search down to one that best serves your purposes.

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Equipping Hunting Cabins with Power: Plus, Quiet Power Inverters for Hunting Stands

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Hunting is about men (and women) getting out into the wilderness. It’s about getting out in the wild to connect with and live off the land. But, if you have a hunting cabin, it’s also about coming “home” to a few modern amenities after a hard day out stalking game. Nobody said you can’t enjoy a few comforts of being back in your real home.

Hunting wild game can be a battle of attrition. Whether you’re after big game like elk and deer or smaller fowl like ducks, geese and turkeys, you want to focus on the hunt at hand, not on whether or not you’re going to have the power needed to stay warm, prepare food and heat water. Hunting cabins become your home away from home, and no matter how far out in the wilderness your second home happens to be, it should still bring you some comforts when you return after a day’s hunt.

Hauling clunky generators means noise, fumes and an extra supply of gasoline—annoyances hunters don’t care to squabble with. Therefore, enter the power inverter, a device to convert DC power stored in batteries to AC power used to run common appliances. The ability to pull from battery power in order to operate a hot plate, water heater, electric blanket, coffee maker and any other “plugged” device can make a weekend hunting trip that much more enjoyable.

First, the hunt. If you have an elevated hunting stand that you know you’ll be perched in quietly for hours upon hours, you may be at the point where you’re looking to upgrade your stand by furnishing it with a small electric space heater for the times when mother nature has a cold shoulder. For this, you need power that’s as quiet as you are as you wait. Portable propane heaters can be noisy and emit fumes that could jeopardize your chances of game coming near. If you furnish your hunting stand with a small power inverter, you can run a quiet, odorless electric heater and have the ability to plug in anything else that might give you the comfort to get out there earlier or stay later. A simple power inverter and battery setup will do just the trick. When shopping for the right power inverter, consider the size heater you’re looking to operate (and for how long) and purchase an inverter and battery combo that give you enough juice for the day.

Next, the return to the cabin. Now, depending on your setup, you might find a portable power inverter that works for your hunting stand and cabin. However, once back at the cabin, you’re likely going to want to use more devices and pull more power when it’s time to prepare food, heat water, and maybe even watch a DVD. If hunting is a family occasion, you can keep the young ones focused on the hunt during the day, but they are certainly going to have the urge to plug-in to one of their handheld devices come evening. You can consider a solar power inverter system to collect solar rays and recharge the batteries while you’re out during the day, so the batteries are juiced up when you return. Such complete kits are mobile and have become affordable in recent years. Or, you can invest in a conventional power inverter that you simply bring a fresh battery for with each visit to the cabin. Again, consider the number of devices you plan on using—as well as their required wattage—and make your purchasing decisions based on the needed capability.

If your family is looking to upgrade the hunting cabin that’s been in the family for years, one of the first steps is bringing power out into the wilderness. It can be all the difference in having your companions comfortable, refreshed and on their A-game when it comes time to set out on the big hunt. When it’s 10 below … a warm meal, a comfortable night’s rest, and a few amenities from home can make all the difference.

Click here to research some solar kits for hunting cabins and luxury stands

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Bring Power to Your Tree House Without Using a Generator

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POWER to the Tree House: Bring Electricity to Your Tree House Without Using a Generator

Tree houses (for adults) jumped into popularity in the past few years, springing TV shows like Treehouse Masters and
Ultimate Treehouses. What used to be pint-sized structures limited to a rope ladder and single window are now full-fledged tree cabins (some could even be classified as tree mansions). Whether the idea is to build something extravagant for a TV show, create a backyard getaway unlike any other for your kids, or develop an “off-the-grid” paradise perfect for mini-vacations deep in the woods, you’re probably going to want access to at least a few modern amenities—amenities that require electricity.

Chances are if you’re part of the tree-house movement, you want to use cleaner energy than can be afforded by a noisy gas generator. Well, good for you, tree-dweller; you have options!

First, ask yourself if you’re looking to convert power from the sun to run your devices, such as your coffee maker, griddle, TV, iPod charger, lamp and more. If you are, consider the location of your tree house. If you’re deep in the forest, could you place solar panels in a place where they’d collect enough sunlight to afford you sufficient power? A small bank of solar panels is going to need more than an hour of sunlight to bank much power. If you don’t have the perfect permanent location on or around your tree house where panels can absorb sufficient sunlight, consider portable panels that you can move a few times a day to achieve about 30% more power:

Check out these portable solar panel kits for between $200 – $550.

If you’re not into going solar for your tree house, you’re likely going to haul batteries into your tree house as a power source (and then haul them out to recharge them at your home after your trip). This is also a very worthwhile option, as you’ll likely not need huge amounts of power (and huge, bulky batteries) every time you get away to your tree house.

So, whether you solar charge your battery or charge it at home and bring it with you each time, you’re still going to need a Power Inverter that will pull DC power from the battery and convert it to conventional AC power (aka the kind of power that comes out of your outlets at home, but you probably knew that). A power inverter will allow you to use any electronic device with a plug, as long as the power inverter (and battery capacity) is large enough to run it. The good news is, you’re likely only using small devices in your tree house, so you should be able to get away with a smaller power inverter. Even better, the types of devices you’ll be using can likely power just fine from a Modified Sine Wave Power Inverter, which is the less expensive of the two main types of power inverters. Click here to view a variety of Modified Sine Wave Power Inverters available in different sizes.

If you’re looking to run microwaves and variable-speed power drills, you’ll need to upgrade to a Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter.

Now, all that’s left is determining how big of an inverter and battery you need to run your desired devices. Then you’re all set … unless you haven’t built the tree house yet; then you still have a lot of work to do. ;D

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It’s Hurricane Season, Do You Know Where Your Power Inverter Is?

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It’s Hurricane Season, Do You Know Where Your Power Inverter Is? Keeping the Power on During a Power Outage.

Each year, hurricane season wreaks havoc on the east coast of the United States and other areas of the world. Among the damage to beloved communities comes damage to the power grids that pump electricity into surrounding homes. In this article we’ll look at how to be proactive and ensure you still have access to electricity in your home during an emergency power outage.

For those living in cities and towns affected by yearly hurricane season, the likelihood of prolonged power outages is all too real. Even during seasons that result in minimal damage, heavy rains and winds can keep the power down for extended periods of time, leaving you and your family without refrigeration, lighting, Internet and TV. Plus, should you have pets that rely on power to survive, such as fish in aquariums, they are also counting on a continual power source.

While a backup gas generator can offer power during an outage, they aren’t probable to keep on hand if you live in an apartment, condo or townhouse. Plus, they can be pretty spendy. The next obvious choice is keeping an ample supply of battery power on hand in the case of an emergency. To convert this power for use by your household appliances and devices, you’ll need a DC to AC power inverter.

While there is a wide range of power inverters available today, with all different sizes and features, one of the most common features for those looking to keep the power on during a power outage is the automatic transfer switch. Power inverters with an automatic transfer switch ensure your devices will get power during an outage even when you’re not there to manually make the switch. Simply plug your crucial appliances, such as refrigerators, into the power inverter and it will pull power directly from the house (AC) when available and switch to battery power (DC) automatically in the event of an outage. This feature is especially helpful during time of mandatory evacuation, giving you peace of mind that your appliances—such as flood pumps—will continue to operate in your absence. Plus, when you consider the hundreds of dollars you’ll save by keeping perishable food refrigerated and keeping your basement from flooding, a power inverter with a transfer switch almost pays for itself.

The important part is keeping you and your family safe during hurricane season. WWL TV, a weather-focused news station out of Louisiana, lists these tips for hurricane safety after the storm has hit:

  • Do not enter a building if you smell gas; Call 911
  • Do not light a match or turn on lights
  • Wear waterproof boots and gloves to avoid floodwater touching your skin
  • Wash your hands often with soap and clean water, or use a hand-cleaning gel with alcohol
  • Avoid tetanus and other infections by getting medical attention for a dirty cut or deep puncture wound
  • Do not turn on any electric or gas service until the safety of these utilities has been confirmed
  • If power remains disrupted use flashlights
  • Candles left unattended can start fires
  • If there has been structural damage to your home or to trees in your yard ask for assistance from a professional before you risk getting injured from fallen debris

Click here to find inverters with automatic transfer switches like the ones discussed in this article.

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Looking for a little power while camping?

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Looking for a Simple Power Inverter for Camping? Don’t Need All the Bells and Whistles?

“We don’t need a lot of power while out on our weekend camping trips, but we prefer to have some. What type of power inverter do we need for camping in a pop-up trailer?”

This is a common question. You want to use some simple devices out camping, but you don’t use enough to warrant an elaborate battery bank or solar panel setup. For most weekend campers who “get off the grid” without having a furnished RV typically go out with a small camping trailer or the old-fashioned way, a.k.a. tent camping. For these campers, it’s common to want to use some simple devices, such as radios, hair dryers, curling irons, coffee makers, can openers, etc. These are not the campers looking to run a washer and dryer, air conditioners, refrigerators, vacuums, microwaves or variable-speed power tools. Therefore a simple power inverter for camping that has an appropriately sized battery can do the trick just fine.

Take into account the number of watts your desired devices will use when running. Here are some examples of some simple devices that make camping just a little more electric:

  • Radio/CD Player – About 75 watts
  • Laptop computer – About 75 watts
  • Crockpot – About 275 watts
  • Fan – About 300 watts
  • Blender – About 300 watts
  • Small TV (20 – 30in) – About 200 watts
  • Small travel coffee maker – About 750 watts

All of the estimates above are closer to the high end of their estimated running wattage. Therefore, with the exception of running a number of devices all at once, you should be able to get away with a 1000-watt inverter. Therefore, any device—or combination of devices that require less than 1000 watts—can be operated seamlessly with a 1000-watt power inverter.

Also, for these simple devices, a modified sine wave power inverter—rather than a pure sine wave power inverter—will fit your camping needs just fine. Modified sine wave power inverters do have some limitations, but for your needs, they aren’t inhibiting. For more of an explanation on the difference between modified sine power inverters and pure sine power inverters, watch this video. Basically, for sake of this conversation, the modified sine wave power inverter will suit your needs AND save you money. Click this link to find a variety of modified sine wave power inverters at and below 1000 watts that will be perfect for your camping needs.

For running simple devices while out on a weekend camping trip, a 1000-watt modified sine wave power inverter will run you between $75 – $200. Enjoy your camping trip!

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Pure Sine Wave Inverters VS. Modified Sine Wave Inverters

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What Kind of Power Inverter Do I Need? A Simple Look at Pure Sine Wave Inverters vs. Modified Sine Wave Inverters

There are loads of articles available online that dissect the difference between what they call pure sine wave power inverters and modified sine wave power inverters. For many users, they just want to know if they can choose a less expensive modified sine wave power inverter and still run their devices. This article takes a look at the basics.

All power inverters convert DC power (which is power stored in batteries) to AC power, which is the power supplied by the electric company and fed to your home. Electronic devices need AC power to operate, but power inverters generally output power in two forms, modified sine wave vs. pure sine wave.

Simply put, pure sine wave power flows in even, arching waves, whereas modified sine wave power flows to your devices in chunky, square waves. The square waves are giving power to your device “all or nothing,” so to speak. Your device will run properly, or not. The power is coming through in a less seamless fashion. Gaining power that is flowing in modified sine waves does not come through as clean and efficient—it doesn’t flow to the device as “pure.” The devices will
get the power they need to operate, but when it comes to devices like fans, TV’s, radios and lights, they will tend to buzz, as they are running a bit “hotter,” due to the way power flows to them.

The cons of running your devices on modified sine wave power is that they will run less efficiently, which will commonly result in the device or appliance not running properly, interference or a “buzz”. For devices that aren’t sensitive, like a vacuum or water pump, it might not matter to you at all. They will use a little more wattage and make a little more noise. But, for devices that need an even flow of energy to function properly, like variable-speed power tools, you are going to get all or nothing. No matter how tightly or softly you pull on the trigger to your power drill, it is going to be full-speed or off. This doesn’t mean that a blender with different settings can’t be used at a high or low setting; it certainly can. But because they are getting energy that is less efficient, the devices you run on Modified Sine Wave power can wear out sooner than if they were constantly operating via pure sine wave power, like that supplied in homes.

Some devices and appliances that require a pure sine inverter are:

  • Microwaves
  • Laser printers
  • Variable speed tools
  • Cordless tool battery chargers
  • Some TV’s
  • Key Machines
  • CPAP machines with humidifiers
  • Medical equipment
  • Sensitive electronics

The main “pro” in running your devices on modified sine wave power is that the modified sine wave power inverter costs you less initially.

When considering pure sine wave DC to AC inverters vs. modified sine wave DC to AC inverters, the conversation can lead you into a geeky look into a side of electricity and power you never cared to see. However, consider the types of devices you’re running and weigh your options accordingly.

If you have a device that you are unsure of whether or not it requires a pure sine wave inverter, give us a call.

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5000 watt inverter runs entire house, saves $1000 in bills!

Aims 5000 Watt 12V Power Inverter

If you have questions about power inverters and how you can power your home, RV, truck, boat, etc., please don’t hesitate to call us today and speak with one of our inverter experts at 866-419-2616.

 

I use my Aims 5000 watt inverter to power my entire house, with a combination of other systems. My Aims power inverter has reduced my electric bill to less than half of what it used to be. I use a bank of 10 US batteries to power my inverter. In addition to the “house bank”, I also run an extra bank of 4 12v marine batteries in my vehicle. This way, I can take advantage of the wasted energy produced on my commute to work and back home each day, and also any other trips that I make. With the rising cost of fuel I feel that I must make my money work for me and waste must be eliminated.

I used 4/0 cables and welder quick connects to allow me to plug my vehicle into my house when I get home in the evening. Currently I have only been able to afford 1 Evergreen 102 watt solar panel, to charge my house bank, but plan to add 2 more panels and a wind generator to complete my setup. I run a double redundancy on all my main systems, HVAC. I eliminated my 240v systems with the exception of the central AC, which I use a 5000 watt 110/240 transformer to operate the 1 1/2 ton condensing unit of my home.

My Aims 5000 has no problem running it, although it rarely runs because I zone out the AC duties to smaller window units. To keep my demand low I use a Direct Logic PLC as a demand monitoring load shedding system, to keep non essential loads off during demand periods. This is also helpful because the program I wrote makes sure you’re not overtaxing my inverter.

A combination of X10 motion sensors, photocell, outside air temp sensors and demand feedback have allowed me to customize a logic program, that allows me to save the maximum amount of energy and is custom to my life.

Without my Aims power inverter, this is still possible, but not affordable, as anybody who has shopped for a large wattage inverter can tell you. I thought I was going to have problems with the modified sine wave and some of my sensitive electronics, but in every instance except one, a simple 6 outlet extension with a 1:1 isolation transformer took care of the noise on my cordless phone and the slight buzz on my audio system.

I estimate my saving on electric at close to $1000.00 a year, which means that my inverter is one of the only purchases I have made that has already paid itself off and continues to put money into my pocket everyday! Now that’s what I call Freedom, thanks Aims, thanks Inverters R Us!

The Inverter R Us choice to save money on your electric bill: Spartan Power Inverter / Chargers

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