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Old 05-22-2013, 10:29 PM   #15
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Okay, so I tried it and it failed. It fails on startup of the AC motor. I was all set to send it back when I looked again at the specs: 2400 watts peak.

So... Is there some other problem? The alligator clips don't have a lot of surface connection when they are clipped to the battery leads. Could that be limiting the current? Is the inverter bad?

If its the inverter, what is the best brick and mortar store to visit to try different inverters until I find one that works?

For reference, here is what I had on hand:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007SL...m_ss2?pi=SY125
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:31 AM   #16
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I'd suspect that your problems will come from starting the AC on the inverter. You will need a big inverter and may need true sine vs modified sine output. (More $$$). I would also fuse the input from the Prius' DC-DC converter so that you don't accidentally blow that out, as they are very expensive. The Prius 12 volt battery is small, so you might want to add an additional battery next to it, or connect the Scamp battery with very large cables, as has been suggested.
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Okay, so I tried it and it failed. It fails on startup of the AC motor. I was all set to send it back when I looked again at the specs: 2400 watts peak.

So... Is there some other problem? The alligator clips don't have a lot of surface connection when they are clipped to the battery leads. Could that be limiting the current? Is the inverter bad?

If its the inverter, what is the best brick and mortar store to visit to try different inverters until I find one that works?

For reference, here is what I had on hand:
BESTEK 1000w 12v to 110v inverter power supply 12v battery backup power charger inverter power solor charger battery boat power motor marine inverter power ac supply emergency power pack outdoor unit power source emergency charger power home applianc
Reference my earlier post repeated here, above. The problem could be that the Prius battery is too small, the cables too small or not making good contact, the inverter surge capacity is bogus, or that the surge current of the AC unit is more than you realize.

Also, this inverter is a modified sine wave, not a true sine, which may also be working against you. You may find some help from the owner's of this site: http://www.donrowe.com/inverters/inverter_faq.html

Do you know how to make some measurements to quantify the start up surge current?
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