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    I need to get another power inverter for the truck, the one I currently have has to be re-set whenever you start up the vehicle. I have also read about some that will shut down before draining the battery & I like the thought of that as well.
    Anyway, just thought I'd ask & see if there is a particular make or model that stands out as a good one. Thanks.

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    Black and Decker 400 watt unit.
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    It's not the battery, like I said, it does it when you start the vehicle & does mention that it will do this in the operating instructions. Unfortunately I did not think of this issue before purchase or I would have made sure to read them like I will be doing on the next one.

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    Maybe it's just me, but I've never had any luck with power inverters. Every one I've tried has melted down within 3 months. I finally went with 12 volt adapters and a multi port connection for my electronics and haven't had a problem since.

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    The BD unit I have has worked flawlessly and I have had it for a couple of years. However I don't use it all the time. I also believe it has overload protection if you exceed the rating.


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    I use two inverters. A small 400 watt unit that plugs into the power port to run the computer, phone etc. If I need to print on my Laser, I fire up the 800 watt that clips directly to the battery terminals and set the printer on the air cleaner.

    I must say, it gets some strange looks when I so this. While on a FEMA gig in Texas in 08, I did this one time and this guy was really watching me. I asked him "haven't you ever seen a Honda printer before?" It's an option on this model!
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    Weren't those printers recalled along with the airbag problems? Something about combustibles too close to the exhaust manifold or something, it seems. No fires have been reported, except in testing. I could not help myself.

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    When I was inspecting I had a fully equipped portable office in my conversion van, complete with a 3,000 watt inverter I added. Kept my Xerox Phaser color printer in the van and printed reports there for a number of years before taking it out and putting it in my office and stopped doing reports "on site". Ran heavy 4/0 stranded strand welding cable from a second battery up front back to the inverter in the rear to reduce voltage drop inherent with high amp draw at 12 volts.

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