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Old 01-27-2016, 10:16 PM   #1
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All plug inverter question

Considering an all plug inverter. Any downside beside cost?

Couple questions (excuse my laymen vernacular, clueless about electrical "stuff"). 1. Is the inverter turned on/off? 2. When operating and the plugs are drawing off the batteries, does it have a measurable "passive" current draw besides the draw from the appliance/tv/radio/etc being used.

Reason I ask, I use a cheaper Harbor Freight inverter that draws a fair amount of power just by being plugged in. That's what I mean when I refer to passive draw.

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Old 01-27-2016, 10:28 PM   #2
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Hi Greg- have ETI do the 1500W inverter & transfer switch. It's like in building- it costs X to do it during construction and XXX+ later- right Jim Bennett?
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Hi Greg- have ETI do the 1500W inverter & transfer switch. It's like in building- it costs X to do it during construction and XXX+ later- right Jim Bennett?
Does it draw much power to operate? Can it be turned off?

I'm looking a powering a tv, running the CPAP at night, and maybe running a small vac once in awhile. I don't want it buzzing away all day tho when its not being used and leaving me with run down batteries. Realistic concern?

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It's off unless you turn it on. It hums mildly unless under load then it revs up some. It does draw power when in use- how much is of course dependent on what you are running. Definitely get the solar and dual 6'ers.
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Spec shows it draws <1A with no load, the way it's written makes me think it's just under 1A.

Web site also shows a remote comes with each unit, which amounts to an on/off switch.

Here's the manual. http://www.samlexamerica.com/documen...-1215_Lrez.pdf
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Hi Greg- have ETI do the 1500W inverter & transfer switch. It's like in building- it costs X to do it during construction and XXX+ later- right Jim Bennett?
It definitely costs more in time to do something as a retrofit/renovation. And, for many time is money. I learned many years ago in my business that if a customer ever thinks they will want something, do it at the same time as all the other work. Maybe if it is something they are unsure about, they might leave it out for the time being.
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It's off unless you turn it on. It hums mildly unless under load then it revs up some. It does draw power when in use- how much is of course dependent on what you are running. Definitely get the solar and dual 6'ers.
My wife just informed me that she DOES want the built in inverter in our 2017 21' Escape. I'm ok with that.

If we get the $550 one with just one switched outlet... I assume that outlet would be in the kitchen area?

She has dietary restrictions - and so using a Vitamix is very very helpful.

Would the $550 one plug built in ETI inverter be able to power this?

It isn't a 2 HP jolt when it turns on.... the trick is to slowly ramp it up.... also keeps it blending well

Here are the specs:

https://www.vitamix.com/Shop/Profess...0?skuId=059707



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I can only suggest getting the transfer switch to power all outlets. Assume you mean the larger inverter. I believe you can pick if only one outlet but you will have to ask them.
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My wife just informed me that she DOES want the built in inverter in our 2017 21' Escape. I'm ok with that.

If we get the $550 one with just one switched outlet... I assume that outlet would be in the kitchen area?

She has dietary restrictions - and so using a Vitamix is very very helpful.

Would the $550 one plug built in ETI inverter be able to power this?

It isn't a 2 HP jolt when it turns on.... the trick is to slowly ramp it up.... also keeps it blending well

Here are the specs:

https://www.vitamix.com/Shop/Profess...0?skuId=059707



thanks.
The manufacturer rates the model at 11.5 amps. This is 1380 watts, and the 1500 watt inverter should be able to handle this so long as there are no other 120v things in use. ETI offered a 150watt light duty inverter and the larger 1500watt unit when we ordered two years ago. Not sure what they are offering lately.
We got the all-outlet option so we could run the microwave and the TV, as well as various chargers. The TV and the various chargers could use hand held inverters that convert to 100-150 watt, by using a 12volt outlet. If you go that way, you might get an extra 12volt outlet.
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I believe, but am not totally certain, that unless your get ALL outlets switched, your one outlet would be on the inverter unit itself, which would be in the underseat cabinet. You ought to check with ETI about this.
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