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Old 02-08-2016, 11:29 AM   #61
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I have a single outlet inverter since I purchased my 17 before there was an inverter option & installed it myself. The amount of rewiring to add an all receptacle transfer switch would have been difficult.

I do wish I had the full outlet option. I still have at least one camera battery charger that requires AC, like to make a pot of coffee each morning, and sometimes toast an english muffin. While I wouldn't try to do all these things at once, with the one outlet I have to keep moving things around.

Do remember that because wattage into the inverter has to equal the wattage out (plus the inverter losses). This means you will draw around 10 times the amperage on the batteries that you draw on a 120V appliance. If you plan to use the inverter for anything other than short, low power loads, be sure to include enough battery & recharging capabilities. In my case I have 2 6V batteries & 355 watts of solar, and have no problems keeping up, even in the short days & low angle sun of winter...
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Old 02-08-2016, 12:06 PM   #62
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I have a single outlet inverter since I purchased my 17 before there was an inverter option & installed it myself. The amount of rewiring to add an all receptacle transfer switch would have been difficult.

I do wish I had the full outlet option. I still have at least one camera battery charger that requires AC, like to make a pot of coffee each morning, and sometimes toast an english muffin. While I wouldn't try to do all these things at once, with the one outlet I have to keep moving things around.

Do remember that because wattage into the inverter has to equal the wattage out (plus the inverter losses). This means you will draw around 10 times the amperage on the batteries that you draw on a 120V appliance. If you plan to use the inverter for anything other than short, low power loads, be sure to include enough battery & recharging capabilities. In my case I have 2 6V batteries & 355 watts of solar, and have no problems keeping up, even in the short days & low angle sun of winter...
Thanks for the good info Jon.... and I had actually forgotten that a couple of my camera chargers actually DO need 120v.... as does my laptop.

I do already own a couple small inverters, but it would be nice to not have to keep moving stuff around.... oh and a small portable microwave

1 pot dishes like Mac n Cheese n Peas in a pyrex in a microwave = quick and easy and yummy.

ill go for the all plug option... and BTW ETI only offers the 1500 W model now on the 21' ... makes sense anyway.

and we will be getting the dual 6V and the factory solar (and I will have them wire in a "tap" so I can add my portable solar panels, if in shady area)

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Old 02-08-2016, 11:43 PM   #63
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Thanks Jon. I've been undecided but your post helped make up my mind. We use enough juice as it is that I spend too much time chasing the sun. Adding the inverter just complicates things even more. I'll stick with a my portable inverter for the few times I need 120v and not sweat a few cloudy days.
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