This power inverter is very good. With a proper battery supply and solar and wind to charge the batteries, I went all summer long off the grid. Saved several hundred dollars in electrical costs which in turn payed for this inverter and the batteries to run it.
Excellent alternative power source.
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.
Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, wireless on/off, heavy duty cables, quiet fan, well designed dc terminals
no hardwire option, ac voltage low, poor documentation, no wiring diagram
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.
these larger units are durable in our application we drive truck cross country and power a lot of...
January 24, 2017
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these larger units are durable in our application we drive truck cross country and power a lot of appliances in our truck ie refrig microwave toasters and vacuums I have never run out of watts they main pro is the blower only comes on when the unit heats up instead of the smaller units that the blower stays on all the time. I have a similar unit that has been in the truck for over ten years and 1.5 million miles of service and still works as good as day one
This inverter was easy to install. The safety covers for the power posts was a nice extra feature.
I was able to start up and run my window air conditioner with no problem. Also ran tests with
my 1200 watt hair drier and my 1500 watt heater, no problems. I am very satisfied with my purchase.
The inverter was shipped quickly and arrived sooner than promised.
The product is well made and its performance is just what I was looking for. In fact I intend to expand my solar array system with more solar panels so I can get the maximum use out of this Power Bright Power Inverter. Great Product.
Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Strong, Good Size & Weight, will recommend to family and friends
sorry product is still in installation stage
This is a workhorse, performed perfect I. The application. Had 2 Exude AGM Batteries hooked up in...
October 10, 2017
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This is a workhorse, performed perfect I. The application. Had 2 Exude AGM Batteries hooked up in parallel feeding the inverter. The 120 volts produced ran 2 small coffin freezers for 4.5 hours before recharging.