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power inverter and 1 battery

I recently picked up a 1000W power inverter for the Jeep for a pretty good price at Costco. I think it was $70.00 maybe. I haven't installed it on the jeep yet, but we are going camping and taking a Suburban, and I am going to temporarily mount it in that. My question is, as long as the engine is running I should be ok? I have a coffee maker that is rated at 800amps, and that is probably the only thing I will use it for. (this is primarily to make our friends jealous [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]) I am not worried about the install in the Jeep, as I have 2 yellow tops and it won't be an issue. I will test it prior to going, but wanted thoughts and ideas prior to that.

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Re: power inverter and 1 battery

As long as the engines going you should be fine.
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Re: power inverter and 1 battery

I have one that I use for the same thing. I use it in my Cherokee all the time with only one battery. As long as the engine is running, you shouldn't have any trouble. It also will power small hand tools and charge cordless batteries for drills and such. Works great.
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Re: power inverter and 1 battery

That's one heck of a coffee maker that uses 800 amps. Most houses only have 200 amp service. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Seriously, you shouldn't even have to keep the engine running. Most inverters have a circuit that will drop them out when the incoming voltage drops a little under 12. That will keep you from running the battery down too far.
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800 amps is for them premo coffe beans (I think you throw the whole darn coffee plant, tree or whatever they grow on in there and that thing just atomizes it into perfect grounds...) [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

at least now you know why when you fire that sucker up the neighbors houses all dim low.
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No problemo with a single battery and most of them have a low-voltage shut-off to protect the battery. I used one in our Durango when we went back east a few weeks ago to power a laptop and a Playstation 2 for my son and my wife used it a few times with her curling iron to 'fix' her hair.
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Did Costco have smaller inverters? What brand was it?
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Re: power inverter and 1 battery

We sell them at my work...Home Depot. I think they're somewhat decently priced. But I'm sure 4x401cj5 will thell you to check out Lowes instead
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Re: power inverter and 1 battery

the Costco here only had the 1000 A and it is made by a company that starts with an X. I can't remember it right now, I'll check when I get home.
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WOW a 1000 watt inverter for only $70.00 thats a steal. My 300 watt units cost that much!!!!
I have a 1000 watt, $234.00, 2, 300 watt, and a 750 watt units. I use them all the time. I just recently burnt my 1000 watt unit up [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]. But will replace it.

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Jim Lou you are correct on the drop out at lower voltage but don't rely on this to work at all times. I have had that fail on a few of my units . I have been using these inverters and others for about 8 years (not these exact ones). In my motor home and Jeeps for various jobs and conveniences
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