Question about 2005 Chevrolet Equinox
I would like to know the max watt a/c converter I can use on a 2005 or can I use a 1500 watt converter
Well since 1500 watts equals 110 volts X 14 amps, you would have to be pulling about 125 amps out of a 12 volt battery to generate that output if the converter was 100% efficient...which it is not. I would say you should count on a draw of about 150 amps which the battery can handle for a very short period of time before it dies. An average starter motor draws about 100 amps on a cold engine if that gives you any idea what you're up against. If you do this, you'll have to have the converter wired directly to the battery with welding cable and you cannot run the engine while you are using it, if you do, the alternator will melt as it is not designed to deliver 150 amps continuously. Also most converters (or inverter as some are advertised) will not deliver their advertised wattage, or it is simply a peak, or momentary output spec. Let's say you do this and the application is your girlfriends hairdryer. If you leave the vehicle turned off and turn this on, she'll have about 5 minutes to dry her hair on the full hot setting. After that, you risk not being able to start your vehicle and get home in time for the game.
Hope this helped.
Posted on May 09, 2010
A 1500 watt inverter draws appx 100 amps from your battery,check with your dealer and see how big in amps your alternator is rated for,if its less than 160 amps you may run short in the summer with the a/c and lights on and discharge the battery or ruin the alternator
Posted on May 09, 2010
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