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Old 04-12-2010, 12:37 PM   #1
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Timer for inverter

I am not sure if this has been discussed before but I am looking to see if it is possible to add a timer to the inverter. This would be helpful when dry camping so my inverter would shut off after I fall asleep with the TV on and not continue to run my batteries down through the night. I can set the sleep timer to shut off the TV but even with only the inverter on it seems to be a significant draw on the batteries.


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Old 04-12-2010, 01:56 PM   #2
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Use the plug over the kitchen counter next to the couch. Get a 110V plug-in timer that has an outlet receptacle, set it for the amount of delay you want and plug it into the wall socket. Take an extension cord of sufficient length and cut the female end off; strip the ends of the bare cord wires about 3/4" each. Plug the male end of the extension cord into the timer outlet.

Wrap one wrist (IIWMI'd use the left one) in 2" gauze you have wetted w/one teaspoon of table salt to a cup of water, about 1/4" of damp gauze should do. Duct tape the bare wire ends to the gauze separating the bare copper about 2", then lay on the couch & watch your programs, dozing off as is your habit. When the timer goes off, you will be awakened with a reminder to shut off the inverter.

If that doesn't work as planned, check back for more helpful suggestions.

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Tried a similar arrangement with a milk cow that would always lay down when it was time for milking. Never got up after the initial energizing of the conductors.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:07 PM   #5
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Sure you could put a timer in-line, near the sub-panel. Just run the power leaving the circuit breaker in the main panel marked "Inverter" to a dial-type hour-based Intermatic timer (6, 12 or 24 hour) mounted in a switch box, then from the timer to the inverter. Just a simple intercept.

That being said... you'll now need to remember to turn the timer dial every time you want power to those inverted circuits. I'd think that will be even more annoying.
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