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Old 02-01-2009, 07:05 PM   #1
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Inverter installed

I camp a lot, not always at improved campsites, and wanted the convenience of on board AC power for powering small electronics, lights, fan, radio, blender

Settled on a marine grade 400W w dual GFI outlets. It has an independent on-off switch as well as a built-in battery saver.



I run with the back seat out most of the time but even when in, the outlets are accessible along the side of the seat


I wired it up with some good wire and grounded it to the body tub.




Fused with an 80Amp spade fuse behind dash side panel. It was a tight squeeze.


Wire was ran through the hole in the dash behind the cowl. The inner fender had a lip that needed to be tweeked with a long pry bar but I managed to stuff it through and attached to battery with a new gold plated terminal.



Voila! Now I can power camp lights, a small coffee pot, power tools, laptop, PSP's, portable DVD, etc, etc right out of my Jeep! Cost was less than $100.

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Old 02-01-2009, 08:10 PM   #2
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:30 AM   #3
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looks good. its going to be a bit## to get to that fure if it pops. i put the fuse for my amp under the hood about a foot from the battery. its much eisier to change a blown fuse if it is right out in the open.

take a look at the spot it mounted my fuse. from what i have been told is that the fuse can not be closer than 1 foot away from the battery and not further away than 3 feet.

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It's not that hard to get at the fuse. the side dash cover pops right off. The PITA was getting that fat wire through the little hole in the firewall without busting out a drill. Though the fuse is mounted alot closer to 3 ft than 1ft it might be a bit over... hope it aint a problem. I had also originally planned on running a relay but figured since it has it's own on-off switch and battery saver, I could skip it. Anyone see issue with not having it on a relay??
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The fuse can be as close to the battery as you want. The main reason to use a fuse thought is to prevent your Jeep from burning to the ground. If the jacket on that cable becomes frayed, like where it's squeezed through the firewall there, it'll ground, and then burn, then you'll jeep will burn. We have a guy in our Jeep that had that happen to him.

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The fuse can be as close to the battery as you want.
wrong, it can't be too close. my ex-girlfriend had installed an amp for her subs and the fuse was only a 3 inches away from the battery and somehow it fried 75% of her electrical wires causing a lot of damage, luckily it was covered under her warranty. the guy at the local sound shop said that you should never have it that closer than 12 inches from the battery.
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The fuse can be as close to the battery as you want. The main reason to use a fuse thought is to prevent your Jeep from burning to the ground. If the jacket on that cable becomes frayed, like where it's squeezed through the firewall there, it'll ground, and then burn, then you'll jeep will burn. We have a guy in our Jeep that had that happen to him.

yup, i've already decided to fuse it under the hood as well. bad mojo if that wire grounds
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wrong, it can't be too close. my ex-girlfriend had installed an amp for her subs and the fuse was only a 3 inches away from the battery and somehow it fried 75% of her electrical wires causing a lot of damage, luckily it was covered under her warranty. the guy at the local sound shop said that you should never have it that closer than 12 inches from the battery.
That 12 inches rule does not really make sense to me. Next time you talk to the sound shop guy ask him WHY he has that rule.

The reason you have a fuse is to prevent too much current (short circuit) which in turn causes heat. Any wire between the battery and the fuse is not protected, so if those first few inches of wire short out, the fuse that comes after does you no good.

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