I just bought bought one of these Motomaster Eliminator 1000W Inverters on sale for 1/2 price,
$80+tax, regular $159+tax (at Canadian Tire, of course). No idea if it will work for me, but I couldn't
pass up the deal.
I only spotted it when I was in the store yesterday looking for info on anti-freeze.
The sale ends tomorrow Dec 30/2010, so if you're interested in something like this better hurry.
http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4 ... ?locale=en
I have no idea as to the product quality, but I think Motomaster inverters and other power products
are manufactured by Xantrex. It says it's 1000 continuous, 1200 peak for 5 minutes, and 2500W surge
with a maximum input current of 125amps. I'm not sure if that's a problem, I have 2 AGMs which are
capable of providing more than that. It does have a phantom draw when OFF, so I'm wondering about
adding some sort of disconnect switch or fuse?
It looks easy enough to install, and now I can go back to just worrying about getting
a smart charger to replace the old dumb one.
The inverter/charger dream project is just that, a dream for now.
UPDATE: Just finished reading the installation manual and it cautions against using less that
2 awg cable for the DC connections and the cable length can't exceed 5'. There is no way I can
mount this thing in a usable spot inside the van, and still reach the batteries with a 5' cable, so back
it goes tomorrow. Oh well.