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Old 03-16-2014, 12:01 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Stargeezer View Post
... some appliances may be rated as 900w, but really run over 1kw.
There's the startup surge problem with motors (such as in air conditioners), but it would be strange for an appliance to continuously run over the rated power, unless it is supplied with power at too high a voltage.

Watch for microwave ovens: if you just go by the microwave power rating without reading the electrical specs sticker, you might think that a particular oven uses 900 watts, while in fact it put out 900 watts of microwave power and takes in 1200 watts of electricity to do that. It's the input power that matters to your inverter.

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Old 03-16-2014, 12:34 PM   #22
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My memory is faint. The coffee maker used half or less than half than the inverter could provide. I bought it because of that, so I know I checked to make sure I could run it in the car. It was the cigar lighter plug from the inverter that melted.
I did make one cup of hot water.

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