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Old 04-11-2014, 07:51 PM   #31
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Does anyone know if when you have an inerter hardwired to your battery, is there any draw on the battery when A/C is not being used and it's idle?
That would be the "idle" or "standby" power consumption. Yes, there will be some whenever the inverter is connected to the (DC) power source and turned on, and it should be listed in the inverter specs (once you know what to look for).
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:41 PM   #32
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OK. That makes sense. A shutoff switch. I'd probably forget to turn it off and run my battery down. :/

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They told me that the stove hood fan was standard on the 17b and they would not replace it with an LED light
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They told me that the stove hood fan was standard on the 17b and they would not replace it with an LED light
Which is good.
If you're going to use the stove then having the hood is a good thing. In the 17B the stove is right next to the shower/bath wall, so removing the hood wouldn't open up space. I'll shoot you a pic.
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Does anyone know if when you have an inerter hardwired to your battery, is there any draw on the battery when A/C is not being used and it's idle?
It depends on the brand of Inverter. Most do not draw any current unless switched on. If on, but no load, some have a minimal current draw. You need to check the specifications. I have a 1000 watt Xantrex Pro Watt inverter with a remote. It does not draw any power when shut off with the remote.

If hard wired, be sure to add a catastrophic fuse; I also added a 200 amp manual disconnect switch.
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As you can see, you gain nothing by removing the hood, and the underside of the cabinet would become coated in grease and dirt.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:20 PM   #37
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I'm also going over the build sheet for my 5er reserved for December. I've decided to include the 1500W inverter to power the microwave when we dry camp. We will mount the single outlet for this power in the cabinet behind the microwave. My wife says the microwave is a must.
I didn't see the following posted here. Thought it might mean something to someone
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I don't know what size the microwave is that ETI uses. When I spoke with Samlex about inverters, they said a microwave's rating (e.g. 800 watts) typically refers to the wattage used to cook the food. The actual wattage used by the microwave can be 2 or more times larger than the microwave rating. eg, an 800 watt microwave will likely not function with a 1500 w inverter. Sounds like something to investigate for microwave/inverter people.
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When I spoke with Samlex about inverters, they said a microwave's rating (e.g. 800 watts) typically refers to the wattage used to cook the food.
This part is correct. A watt is the unit of measurement of power, and the advertised power of a microwave oven - a much more useful and honest rating than advertised for many products - is the actual power of microwaves output into the cooking compartment of the oven.

Few things in reality are perfectly efficient, and the electrical power needed to produce the microwaves is substantially more than the output micrwave power.

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The actual wattage used by the microwave can be 2 or more times larger than the microwave rating. eg, an 800 watt microwave will likely not function with a 1500 w inverter. Sounds like something to investigate for microwave/inverter people.
It isn't typically that bad, but it is a concern. For instance, an oven putting out 1000 watts of microwave power might need 1400 watts to do that. The 800 watt microwave might be okay with a 1500 watt inverter, but not an 1100 watt microwave.
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My. Inverting, outverting, converting, diverting, all kinds of verting going on. I'm getting all amped up about it.
Hey man, don't blow a fuse now.
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I can thoroughly understand the confusion and anxiety. I too have to turn my build sheet in on Tuesday, April 15. WOWSER. I just keep thinking of the future. Not the present and not the past. I want as much wiring done as possible. I may not need it today or tomorrow or even this year. But five years from now, when I finally retire? And yes, I know technology changes and things advance. I just believe it's easier to run new wire where there's already old wire or replacing parts than starting from scratch.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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