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Funny thing is most quality inverters are 350w minimum, so just go 350 and call it a day. They are the best balance between output and standby consumption.

My personal exp is victron phenoix 180va was great, built like a tank, victron make their gear big and heavy so they cope with the heat. Got the newer 500? And it's fantastic.
Also the redarc and cotex 350w work great, simple.
I also use a small 150 console/ coke can unit and it's seems OK for one of my induction fans, but the first unit was DOA.
I run up to 8-12 240v gadgets easily at a time like power hungry Thinkpad, induction fans that chew 60-90watts.
No way will I ever try running my laptops on 12v chargers, they are very poor quality with the wiring and the OEM make superior plugs and fittings. As far as 240v safety goes, you can still get killed easily following all the rules and with safety switches. I have up to 10 extension leads ranging from 1mm2 household duty all up to 2.5mm2 60m monsters, so keep the leads in good working conditions and carful of water.

Do you really need a licensed electrian to stand next to you holding your hand as you plug two double insulated (no earth pins) appliances into the one standalone inverter????


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Jaahn wrote:
TimTim wrote:

I have had a Giandel for 3 years now and am very happy with it smile.

Hi Tim and Ram smile

I have no knowledge of this brand. However it would be interesting if you could measure the standby current draw for the information of others interested. This is the biggest problem I have observed for cheaper units. If left on so the 240 is always available, the power wasted can be a battery killer. The answer could be as simple as turning it off when not being used. Or even just another good panel on the roof.


-- Edited by Jaahn on Monday 25th of April 2022 07:40:19 AM

 Hi Jaahn,


Been a long time coming but I finally have my caravan back.

Just for the record the Giandel 3000W draws 0.8A at 12v on standby but as I previously said, it has a remote switch which makes it easy to turn off and on when not using it.  With 560Ah of LiFePO4 it isnt really an issue for me.

One thing I did do though was upgrade the cables to double 3 B&S which are rated at 168A each.






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What is the total length of both positive & negative wire between battery & inverter for the 2 x 26.45mm˛ (52.9mm˛) wire?


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Total length of + and - is 700mm.  Even though it is a 3000W inverter the maximum appliance will be 2400W.

-- Edited by TimTim on Saturday 1st of October 2022 04:50:37 PM



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Desert Dreaming wrote:
Tony Bev wrote:

I thought that I may have had to use the inverter on my new laptop, as it charges at 20 volt, (old one charged at 19 volt), but I purchased a 12 volt charger for it

I sure treasure my Mac laptop.  Wouldn't a (pure sine-wave) inverter be safer for charging the laptop than a 12v charger?  Btw, what do you plug the 12v charger into?  I know little about these issues

Been running my laptop for several years with one of these (at 19V).

They are designed to power a variety of laptop brands.

Perhaps Tony has one, also.




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