Inverters

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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I bought a 12V inverter for my truck that is supposed to support 2000 watts. It turns out that it’s worthless and I’m going to send it back to Jeff Bezos and hope the financial hit won’t hurt him too much.

All I want to run is a small microwave and a few other things but never more than one device at a time, the microwave being the biggest wattage I would have.

Are there any suggestions about this for me before I make another purchase that may only end in heartbreak and sorrow?

Solo's Comment
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Was your truck running when you used the microwave?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Actually I don’t have a microwave yet. But I did plug I my electric razor and the inverter wouldn’t run even that.

So, does the truck have to run to make those 12V inverters run? I didn’t have the truck running, so maybe you just taught me something

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Old School's Comment
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An inverter that large needs to be "hard wired" into the truck's batteries. If it plugs into a power receptacle you're going to blow the fuse if you put very much demand to it.

So, does the truck have to run to make those 12V inverters run?

Yes, well at least if you're powering something that's putting a strong demand on the inverter. A microwave oven should definitely require the engine running. If you're not very knowledgeable concerning watts, amps, initial power surge, and how these things put a heavy demand on your truck's electric system, it would be best to have your company's shop personnel install an inverter for you.

I have seen several trucks that burned right to the ground due to faulty inverter installations and/or a misunderstanding of how much they are capable of doing.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Old School, thanks for the cautionary advice. I’ll have to check on company policy but I don’t think they allow hard wired inverters

I’ve got a 3500W gas powered generator at home. Maybe I’ll just carry that behind the cab. I’m sure it would make me very popular with my temporary neighbors at truck stops when I take my 10. 🤠

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