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Old 06-19-2013, 08:42 AM   #1
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Inverter/Electrical question...

Hope someone might be able to steer me in the right direction with this question.

I replaced a original 135 watt inverter with a 1k inverter w/ remote in my rig. After 3 weeks of having the inverter just lying on the floor, I decided to mount it in the basement storage bay. Mounting went fine and power hook up was a snap. I decided to install a 15 amp GFCI wall outlet that would be dedicated to the inverter. With no posts on the inverter, I just spliced in a plug to the outlet. In theory it should work, but it doesn't. I'm thinking it the 15 amp outlet? If I don't go over 1k watts on that outlet , would it be safe just to use a regular outlet instead of the 15 amp? Or does anyone know a better way to go about this. Thanks for any feedback.

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Is the inverter plugged into a 15A GFCI or did you wire in a 15A GFCI for the output of the inverter? GFCI is only needed in damp locations. Our 1000W inverter is plugged into a standard wall outlet in a basement bay. It is wired to a couple of standard wall outlets inside the rig, namely the outlets in the overhead compartments for the electronics.

What isn't working? Does the GFCI trip? or is there no power into the inverter or no power out of the inverter?

The inverter should be able to withstand a short term surge over 1000W. It should also have overload protection (check the manual), so if you do exceed 1000W for a longer period, it should either sound an alarm or shut down.

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The inverter is wired directly to the battery bank. I'm just going to swap the GFCI outlet (that I wired in) for a normal wall outlet to see if that works. It's only going to run a 26" LCD TV and a DVD player so I'm way below the spec's of 1k watt for the inverter.
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If the receptacle is not in a bathroom, kitchen or within 6 feet of grade (earth ground) it does not have to be a GFCI.
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Regardless of whether he needs a GFCI, it still should have worked. Something else is wrong, and changing to a non-GFCI isn't going to fix it.

We still didn't hear what was wrong, e.g. no power in the outlet, GFCI trips, or ??
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+1... Gfci needs to be reset.
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Or ...powerswitch to inverter is not on?

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