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400 watt inverter Alarm sounding

I have an inverter wired into a lighting curcuit in my motorhome it is running a 20 inch tv 80 watt the low battery alarm is going off constantly the tv works fine as soon as i start the MH the alarm goes off Please help

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  • Dan Hudson May 11, 2010

    How old is your battery? Have you ever drawn it down to Zero? Try reading the voltage on the battery while running the inverter, and check your voltage. There is only something like 1/2 volt difference between full charge and fully drained. So,



    12.8 = 100%

    12.5 = 75%

    12.2 = 50%



    The Average battery has about 400 discharge cycles to 75% charge, and less that 100 to 30% capacity. So, the more you use it, the less it will last. I ususally only get about 1 season per battery (maybe 40 cycles) since I draw them all the way down when dry camping.

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Check to see if your vehicles battery terminals are clean, and get your battery checked. I have found the people at Battery Warehouse to be great. They will check your battery for you, and if you need a new one, ask if they have seconds. Good batteries with some insignificant blemish. Great deal. And get one with high cold cranking amps.

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Test the battery if it is still OK

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