Cant find the fuse on a black and decker 400 watt power inverter
I've had this inverter for about two years now, bought it for a cross
country road trip to power my laptop and a couple of other things. I've
pretty much liked it. Yes, the fan is a little noisey, yes, you have to
use the provided battery clips for heavy loads. But it powers my Dell
Inspiron 8500 laptop just fine (and its an old powerhog).
Recently a I let a friend use it with his inflatable mattress air pump during a camping trip.
What I didn't know is his pump has insane wattage, and it fried/bricked the inverter instantly.
Agh! I thought it was a goner, but took the time to look inside the
unit. (Which is a solid and sturdy metal case, not plastic as another
reviewer indicated). I was thrilled to discover there were some
internal fuses. And while the fuses are soldered to the circuit board,
if you've done any soldering at all they really are a snap to replace.
If you remove the four screws that hold the end cover plate on the
side with the fan. You can remove the end plate and have just about a
half inch or so of clearance. The entire lower circuit board will then
slide out with firm pressure about an inch and a half (don't try and go
any further, components on the other side prevent it).
On the right side (positive/red terminal side), you will see two 25
amp mini-fuses that are directly soldered to the circuit board. If
these are blown (you can see through the semi-transparent sides if they
still connect), that is most likely your problem. They are easily
available from most auto and big department stores (Walmart, Target,
etc) in their automotive sections.
I used a 40 watt soldering iron (30 watt should work fine), and
applied it to the bottom of the circuit board where the fuse legs poke
out the bottom. Using a pair of pliers, I applied a firm steady
pressure to the fuse, pulling up, while applying the soldering iron to
each of the legs (alternately) of the fuse. The solder melted, and I
was able to work the fuse out in a few seconds. I did this for both
The replacement fuses cost all of $2. I dipped the new fuse legs in
flux, then put them in the place of the old fuses. Again I heated the
circuit board solder from below, and pushed the new fuse in place.
Repeat with the second fuse until it is in place. Flip the board over
and add some more new solder until it is firmly in place. Put it back
together, and you are back in business! And for a whole lot less than a
I've got pics of this process if anyone would like them. Good luck, and happy inverting.
Black & Decker...
on Jun 20, 2014