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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The amp meter on this unit measures the battery current. So if you have an 8 amp load at 120 vac you will draw more than 80 amps at 12 volts and 40 amps at 24 volts. While this may not explain the 180 amps that you are seeing -- it's possible that the dryer is drawing more than 8 amps.
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
Inverters use high power transistors to create an A/C voltage from a D/C input. These transistors are the common point of failure when the units are not cooled properly or used beyond their rated capacity. (Actually, you should always buy an inverter that’s rating for continuous use is well below what your actual need is). What’s most likely happened is that these have shorted out and need to be replaced. Unfortunately, replacement parts alone will likely cost nearly what a new unit costs.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news; but you basically have a nice paperweight with some pretty lights and fans on it.
Posted on Aug 15, 2009
These inverters are notorious for this. Like the previous posting, it is probably a bad capacitor or other component. Try to keep them unplugged when you start the vehicle. The power outlet gets a jolt of DC voltage on startup. I recently bought the one below and it has been working great for quite sometime: http://batteryinternational.com/400-watt-power-inverter.html
Posted on Oct 22, 2009
There is a fuse on these things at the back of the case. Could be in a slide out plastic holder, or in a round holder with a knurled screw or bayonet type cap. If this fuse is not blown, then the news is not good.
Posted on Mar 21, 2010
There are two possibilites: the first is the over 400W power draw, the other is how you have the inverter connected. Do you have the inverter connected directly to the battery terminals (the clips) not the outlet plug (cigaretter lighter)? This is needed for any load over 80W and under 400W. (the inverter can handle a load demand over the 400W limit but only for short periods (800W).)
What is the load that your PC pulls (Is it a laptop or a desktop)? The laptop in my home has either a 65W or a 90W load (depending on the battery and the AC adapter we are using). Desktops take much more power (usually).
I hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 15, 2010
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