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I bought two Victor 750 watt inverters ,and was led too belive i could stack them and get 230 volts. This did not work ! why.

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In order to get 230 volts out of any 115 volt inverters you would need to be able to hook the outputs up in series with each other. If your inverters have outlets there is no way to do this other than completely dismantling both units and then I wouldn't advise it. As a licensed electrcian and electronics tech I've sometime done things like that but only as experiments or in emergencies.
If your units came with a power(+) and ground(-) you could then hook them up in series by fastening the (+) from one unit to the (-) of the other, then tape them to insulate them. You should then show 230 volts from the two leads still available. On the battery side you will still hook both postives(+) to the positive(+) and both ground(-) to the negative(-).
Notes:
* Depending on the internal wiring of your units the above description may not work and could damage or even ruin your inverters.
* Although you may get 230 volts this way you will not have more power(watts,Amps) than listed for one unit and you may even have less.
* You need to also beware this could VOID any warantees and shorten the life of these units.

Posted on May 31, 2010

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    Johnson Jack Feb 11, 2011

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