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Old 11-22-2012, 05:02 AM   #1
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Inverter or converyere

Hi I am new new here. I have a 72 american boler that I am working on. I have been reading a lot of threads related to electric some have solar with a inverter some have a converter what is better or should you have both.
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I'm not sure that I fully understand your question, but let me define a few terms.

A converter uses 110 volt AC power to create 12 volts DC to run 12 volt accessories and to charge your battery.

An inverter uses 12 volts DC from the battery to create 110 volts AC.

Most people have a converter to power their trailers while AC electricity is available and use the 12 volt battery when AC power is not available. A solar panel will directly charge the battery and make it last longer while no AC power is available.

You can use an inverter to power 110 volt small appliances from the battery, but unless the appliance takes little power, or is run for a very short period, the battery is quickly depleted.

What devices would you want to power in the trailer?
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Thanks Tom for the answer to my ? You have been very helpful. I will go with a converter . Have a happy thanksgiving
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Thanks Tom for the answer to my ? You have been very helpful. I will go with a converter . Have a happy thanksgiving
I hope your question was answered. Welcome to FGRV and have a great Turkey Day.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:22 AM   #5
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Inverters also work well to recharge laptops, cell phones, Kindles, Gameboys etc. As an avid electronic guy I always have a Jump Starter/ Jump Box around to charge up my little stuff.

Here is an article on Jump Starter Batteries

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We also carry a jump starter but only use it for emergencies, as much for 'others' as our selves.

To charge misc stuff we carry a 100 watt inverter in the car which serves the purpose, neat because it can charge anything no matter the plug or requirement.
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Welcome Charles if you havent already stumbled onto The 12 Volt side of Life is a real good spot to check out in regards to all the options and pros and cons.
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Carol H---Great link to the 12 volt side of life.

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