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Old 07-02-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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Power Inverter Problem

My power inverter refuses to run anything I plug into it. I read the manual so I know I'm using it correctly and I just got the fuses and inverter checked which both turned out to be fine. Is there a super secret method of using this damn thing? Before you ask: yes I pushes the button on the dash. Yes I checked the voltage of each device. Yes I plugged each device in to check them in my house.

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Old 07-02-2013, 01:35 PM   #2
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What is the continuous wattage rating of the inverter? What are you plugging into it that isn't working? For example, a 300 watt inverter isn't going to run anything like even a small refrigerator or small shop compressor.

And by "continuous wattage rating", I mean what can it handle for sustained uses, not a peak wattage rating that is only good for a few seconds.

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Old 07-03-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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I figured it out, at least for my jeep. You have to trick the inverter into thinking the ground cable is plugged in. So if you want to run something with only a two prong cord with no ground you have to get an adaptor with a ground connector between the inverter and your device. Really stupid design there, Jeep.
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FWIW - I run mine with 2 prong plug ins all the time with no adapter. I do outdoor photography and when I'm on a shoot I always have my camera battery charger (2 prong) plugged into the console outlet.
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Yep his inverter needing to be tricked into thinking the ground connection is there is the fault of the inverter's design, not a fault or design flaw of the Jeep.
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