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Old 08-28-2015, 09:43 PM   #1
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we are stating our build sheet and was wondering the pros and cons of the 1500 watt inverter if we really need it. we do not watch TV, or use automatic coffee pots, allways use a stove top purculator, nice and simple. the inverter is a good chunk of change and thought I might want to put that money towards the solar panel so as to keep the batt. charged when boondocking. any advice would be helpful. thanks
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:56 PM   #2
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I have a couple cheap inverters that I use for charging my Mac, iPhone, ipad etc. with 120V chargers. One is 100 watts and the other is 75 watts ( $12.99 on sale ). They work.
If you're not running an electric waffle maker, coffee maker or hair dryer, that should be sufficient.
You might want to add a couple 12V outlets where you will use them.
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:56 PM   #3
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We have been camping for over 20 years and have never needed anything more than the 75 watt inverter that I have that plugs into a cigarette lighter.
To charge my electric shaver every three days or so.
We don't bother with TV's or microwaves or stuff either.
We have however had many solar panels, each one more powerful than the last.
'off the grid' in the summer we had no problems with a 50 watt panel. In the off season we have run into problems because the heater draws so much power.
Our 17B has the 150 watt roof mount and the two 6 volt batteries but I can't tell you the off season performance yet.
We just got it a month or so ago.
But I already know, from what I've seen, the solar panel is a winner.
I used to sit and sweat but now I can run the maxi fan all day and there is no effect on the batteries.
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we are stating our build sheet and was wondering the pros and cons of the 1500 watt inverter if we really need it. we do not watch TV, or use automatic coffee pots, allways use a stove top purculator, nice and simple. the inverter is a good chunk of change and thought I might want to put that money towards the solar panel so as to keep the batt. charged when boondocking. any advice would be helpful. thanks
The inverter is definitely a luxury and not a necessity. We use it ocassionally for TV or microwave, which you said you wouldn't, and usually if you're boondocking, there's not much TV to see. Our 22 inch Samsung could probably run on 12v anyway. If its a choice between the inverter and the solar, get the solar for sure. If you don't get the inverter, you'll probably want an extra 12v outlet or two. We've been fine with just our one, but others will urge more.
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:01 PM   #5
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If the choice is between the solar or inverter, definitely would be the solar. The two six volts would be next on my list. We didn't get the inverter as we've boondocked for years and use all 12v. Like you I got a glass top percolator years ago and like the coffee much better, even use it now when on utilities. Lots of inverter fans here, but for us it would be wasted $$.
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:06 PM   #6
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I'm a 'fan' of an inverter if you have a purpose for it. Not a fan if it's money better spent elsewhere.
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I was an early adopter of both inverters and solar panels in the 80's. You wouldn't believe the cost for so little output They've sure come a long way.

First of all, to compare apples and apples, if the choice is paying ETI's price for each then it would be a no brainer for me. Solar would be used so much more.

However it doesn't have to be that choice. I have a 1500 watt inverter that I installed myself. It was about a $150 and we use it for very occasional microwave use and other odds and ends like a vacuum. It's one of those things that you might not use much but when you want it it's nice to have and at that price not a biggie.

So you do have other options.

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Inverter + hair dryer + partner = more camping

No brainer for me but everyone has their own circumstances
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Bonus to living in AZ Hugh, no need for hair dryers.
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Like a lot of things we ordered on the trailer, it was a case of better to have and not need than need and not have. Loren
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