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Re: So what does everybody use for inverters?
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2007, 04:48:33 AM »
The Outback system has one master and up to 9 slaves. Hooked together with a network hub and cat5 cable too.

I can hear a bit of noise with our Outback inverter in the Hunter ceiling fans. The cooling fans in the inverters cycle about once an hour with a 1 kw load on a 3.6 kw inverter.
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Re: So what does everybody use for inverters?
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2007, 05:35:15 AM »

If you have access to utility power, I'd skip the batteries and put in a grid-tie inverter. Let the utility be your battery.



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Re: So what does everybody use for inverters?
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2007, 06:34:02 AM »
When I do this, it will be off grid, or at the very least far enough out that power will be unreliable. 
My other option is to find property with a stream that I can run a sluice off of and a small hydroelectric setup.  This is my backup plan, I know how to build a system with commonly available parts, and a very large turbo, something off a 12cyl or larger diesel.
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Re: So what does everybody use for inverters?
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2007, 10:32:59 PM »
I have a 3000 watt Eliminator inverter from Canadian Tire. Works good, ~$530.  :)
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Re: So what does everybody use for inverters?
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2007, 10:41:15 PM »

One would think that for a few hundred dollars more, the electronics could be added to make this into a grid-tie inverter.     Someone needs to make a < $750 high output grid-tie inverter.


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Re: So what does everybody use for inverters?
« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2007, 11:48:39 PM »
Good idea, except-
Most likely, where I wind up it will cost me several thousand dollars to run power to the house, and at that it will still be unreliable.  If my options are crappy expensive power, or slightly less expensive reliable power, which do you think I will choose?  The engine will be run on WVO anyways, so it's not like it'll be sucking down fuel at $3.50+ a gallon.
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Re: So what does everybody use for inverters?
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2008, 12:48:21 AM »
Good info there guys-
What about ganging inverters?  I know that some can sync to existing line frequency, but will they interfere with each other, or can one be set to "master"?

I only have the one (Trace 2436 I am pretty sure) and it has the feature where you put a special phone type cord between it and gang the common's together and the two hot's will provide 220 and each hot to common will be 110v.

Supposedly they recommend that you put all the 110v loads that you are more likely to have on - on one of the legs of the pair that way unless you are really needing 220v the second inverter will stay in sleep mode and use hardly any power at all.

I use my inverter as a rather large UPS, the last time we lost power for a day I ran my computer stuff on it as well as the tropical fish tank to keep them alive and a fluourescent light as well so we didn't stumble around in the dark.

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