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Old 07-15-2018, 07:19 AM   #1
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Inverter installed!

After reading many threads on this and other forums I decided to tackle an inverter installation myself. I already had roof top solar but wanted to be able to use the microwave and charge my computer so wanted to have all existing outlets powered on the inverter. I picked up a 2000 watt inverter from Camping World and ordered an automatic transfer switch from Go Power. I have limited electrical experience but the install went without a hitch. Will be Escaping the Florida heat soon heading to Yellowstone for a few months.
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Old 07-15-2018, 07:24 AM   #2
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I also installed an inverter, a bit smaller at 1600 watts. We use it for the microwave and the vacuum cleaner. We have been quite happy with it, if you recognize there are some limitations with the microwave. The first is, that your batteries have to be above 80% charge, and second that you are limited to the amount of time you can run the microwave. We have not discovered just where that sweet spot on time occurs but it is around 10 minutes.

Your results may vary depending on age of batteries.
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I just tried the microwave and it's not going so well. It will run on a very low power setting but not on full power. As you mentioned probably due to the age of my batteries. They are flooded deep cycle but approaching five years old. What batteries do you have?
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My batteries are starting their fourth season, they are dual six volt. What is the starting voltage on the batteries? 12.6 or 12.7 is considered full, 12.1 is 50%. What is the wattage of the microwave, I am running 700W, they are often higher than that in actual use. What gauge wire are you running from the batteries to the inverter, how long are they? I believe mine are a meter long and are 0 gauge.
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:23 PM   #5
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Looks good, but I'd like to comment on your battery cable size supplying the inverter. For a full 2000w output, I think the recommended cable size is 4/0, which is a very hefty cable. Your cables look quite a bit smaller. This may explain why your microwave isn't working as it should.

Also, the inverter should be fused with a 350A fuse.

You may never need the full 2000w from the inverter, but since you put it in, it's incumbent on you to use the proper size cable and fuse, else you may burn your Escape down, and most likely you'd be in it when it catches fire!

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Old 07-15-2018, 05:29 PM   #6
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Dual 6 volt Interstate Deep Cycle batteries. Label says 122 min @ 75 amps? Before running microwave monitor reads 12.8, 100%. Microwave is max output 700 watt. I used 6 wire from battery to inverter, same as ETI used to power distribution. Tried 15 seconds on HI and inverter starts beeping at 3 seconds and stops microwave at about 6 to 10 seconds. Did run for 30 seconds on lowest power setting. I'm still leaning toward a battery problem but appreciate any feedback.
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May not be visible in photo but there is a 300A fuse installed. So you don't think 6 gauge wire to inverter is enough? Thanks for your feedback. I probably would have gone with a smaller inverter but got a real deal at half price.
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Question: Is it possible that having under sized wire (6) from Battery to Inverter would cause problems running microwave when battery is at 100%? Should I go to 2/0 wire? Can someone explain why ETI uses 6 gauge from battery to power distribution panel? Sorry, wish I had a better understanding of electricity.
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Question: Is it possible that having under sized wire (6) from Battery to Inverter would cause problems running microwave when battery is at 100%? Should I go to 2/0 wire? Can someone explain why ETI uses 6 gauge from battery to power distribution panel? Sorry, wish I had a better understanding of electricity.
Yes, it's very possible that your undersized cable is limiting current draw (due to resistance) to your inverter, which is having difficulty providing enough watts to your microwave. Also, the longer the battery cable, the higher the resistance. Keep your battery-to-inverter cables as short as possible. My inverter is right next to my batteries, and the cables are one foot long.

Assuming your microwave is pulling 700w from the inverter, then the inverter would need #2 AWG cables to meet the load. Anything smaller than 2 AWG will restrict the current flow to the inverter.

As far as ETI using 6 AWG cables, that's enough to power the 12v side of things in your trailer. Lights, Maxx Fan, etc. Your inverter is entirely separate from the 12v accessories.

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I just checked on my wiring and the cables that were supplied with the inverter, they were 2 gauge, apparently the manufacturer felt that was correct with the fused cable they provided. I do recall checking what the wire gauge was between the two batteries, this being the wire that ETI installed. I do not recall what the gauge was but that it was adequate for the requirements of my inverter. Yours may be different.
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