To properly utilize inverters, 200watts or bigger, they have to be wired directly into the battery, using no thinner than 4 gauge wire.
Positive has to be fused at the battery, and negative wire should be short, at least 4 gauge thick, and attached securly to the chassis.
Failure to do so not only will restrict the performance of the inverter, but also will overheat the cigarette plug wiring and the unit itself, resulting eventualy in premature failure.
In this case, I suspect the wiring was incorrect thus restricting the available amperage.
2000 watt continuous at 13.5 VDC (car running), can potentialy produce 18 A @ 110VAC, but will require almost 150 A @ 13.5 VDC.
That's a huge current draw.
You need at least 2 gauge wiring or thicker, prefered 1-0 gauge, and a good, short and solid ground.
answered 3 years ago
- Hamilton, ON, Canada
The output waveform of this inverter is a MODIFIED SINEWAVE. If you choose to measure the AC output voltage, you must use a TRUE RMS VOLT METER such as a Fluke 8060A, Fluke 87, Triplett 4200, Beckman 4410 or any “True RMS” multi-meter. Using any other type of voltage measuring device will result in an AC voltage reading of 10 to 30 volts lower than the rated value.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago