Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 23
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BirdMan Great Buy
Easy to use. Able to power what ever the better half decides to take to the field with us.
June 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jd execlant for price works great
in trailer runs 3 4ft led lights.computer.small air compressor.drills and small refer.
April 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jd excelant product
easy to install good . needs directions for wireless wear to mount .what distance it works at overall a verry good product.
March 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chris A Must Have Device
Learned from last year 2011 snow storm in NY so bought this device just in time for Sandy's storm 2012. I setup a parallel connection from 2 deep cycle batteries and using my minivan to charge them batteries and power the whole thing during the day.
Use it to power 2 frigs,1 freezer and lights around the house for 2 days, stop running the car between 10:30pm - 5:00am. Spent almost 1/2 a tank of gas, roughly 7 gals. That was a bargain.
The 6000W is a little bit more expensive but this 3500W is adequate to my needs. Definitely recommended.
November 6, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by veerhuis Good product for the price
I use this inverter for off grid solar electrical system. It has worked flawlessy since installation. To use it at full potential, it really needs a 30 amp barrier strip for hardwire installations. The only caveat I found was the 12 VDC cables may drag against the case mounting bracket in some configurations causing wear on the insulation. Re-routing or shimming the connections resolves it.
January 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pepi A wise choice for off grid use
I use this in an off grid solar panel powered remote location. Works great for powering TV's, Microwaves, Refrigeration and Power Tools. It comes with nice pair of 0 gauge hook up wires. Some cordless charge units will not work with this as stated in the instructions. That would probably change if it was a pure sign wave inverter, but it serves it's purpose and is reliable. It's a great value for the price.
July 22, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by WillyJ Will Run Motorhome Air + Another Appliance
I purchased this to generate AC from the six GC2 golf cart battery bank I am installing in my Class C motor home to replace the Onan 4k generator. The bank will mainly be charged by rooftop solar, but I have also purchased an 80 amp converter to charge the batteries from shore power or from my small Yamaha EF2000 generator.
The unit is very impressive in size and weight. It comes with two very heavy duty connection cables and has substantial connection terminals with short protection caps. The unit worked perfectly out of the box although the connection for the remote wireless sender was loose and I can't get the screws out of the front panel to fix it. No manual in the box but there is a .pdf online. It's very minimal and doesn't tell you much. The unit has a sticker: "Designed in the USA and manufactured in China".
I've ran it through many tests with various loads. It will start my MH AC unit which has a constant draw of 1,300 watts and a startup of over twice that. It will even start the AC while powering another 1kw load which impressed me. I am able to run the AC out of it and use one other appliance such as the 800 watt microwave. Of course running this load will flatten the batteries in less than 2 hours without a compensating DC input from a high output charger.
It has four 15 amp outlets.. I was afraid of melting a outlet with a high load on one but I have run a consistent 2,600 watts out of one of the AC outlets without it getting warm. Because it doesn't have a hardwire option I plan on ganging two outlets with short 14 awg extension cords wired together at my manual transfer switch. Although I can't get the front panel off, I tested the outlets with a voltmeter and ohm meter and they appear to be wired in parallel from a common source. There is no documentation for this, so I hope that I am right. I don't know why they don't provide a hardwire option on an inverter with this capacity.
My main complaint is that this unit will not use all of the battery bank's available power when drawing anything but a very small load. For example, I ran a 1,180 watt load (portable heater) against four GC2 batteries from full charge to inverter cutout two hours later at an indicated 10 volts DC on the inverter. With the inverter off line the battery voltage at the terminals was still 11.5 volts. There was still useable untapped power available from the batteries. The lower the watt load, the closer you can get to a true 10 volt cutout although it is probably not good to discharge batteries below 10.5 volts anyway and I doubt that this unit can take the batteries below 10.5 volts.
I also monitored the AC voltage through the discharge cycle. The voltage started at 115 volts AC at full charge but declined down to 80 volts at inverter cutout. So the AC voltage seems to correlate directly with the DC input voltage. Although this doesn't seem to affect my usage, the low voltage could be a problem for some applications. This voltage curve may be common with all modified sine converters but this is the only one that I have ever used.
The wireless on off dongle works great. The voltage / watt load display is nice. The fan is quiet and the unit hardly got warm with the fairly high test loads that I put it through. I never got it over 2,600 constant watts of output with the four test batteries although I think that it would put out it's rating with six. Perhaps it would have with four also, but I just didn't load it down that far.
The bottom line is that it will meet my needs and is a lot of bang for the buck. I think that it is hefty enough that it will have long term durability, especially since my AC loads won't be taxing it much.
Also, the manufacturer should spend a little time on documentation. A complete manual with a wiring diagram would be great. They could also include some load test metrics for various usage scenarios. That would definitely enhance their product line.
May 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JetSetter Fantastic inverter - will run most tools and copressors
Great inverter. It is, however, quite large in size. It will not fit under the hood if you want to permanently mount it to your work truck. Great features and had solid power to run most of your tools.
The only drawback I had was that it would not run one of my small compressors as it dre too much amps or power. Other than that, well worth the money.
This will save you the hassle of carrying a generator and fuel.
November 11, 2014