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    No laughter please.
    I have been trying to understand whether I have an inverter in my van. I think I have but I'm not sure. I understand the basic conversion but need a lesson on the use of it in my van. What I'm asking is if someone at the next meet / gathering um at could look at my van or paperwork and give me a lesson on the blooming thing. Can't contemplate a solar panel if I don't know what I'm dealing with. Have never been tech minded always preferences leaving that stuff to people that know. However not knowing or using stuff properly gets expensive. Thanks in advance for any offers of help.

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    Most inverters are not "fully fiited"

    If you use an inverter for 240/220 AC when not on EHU is will drain / kill you battery(ies)
    If on EHU you should get 240/220 AC without an inverter.
    With a solar Panel (even only 120Watt) it will maintain you battery during the day
    AND if sunny will allow limited use of an inverter for short periods (20min or so)
    (I use a 150Watt inverter to charge a laptop and my OLD camera...) but ONLY say between 10am and 1 pm and as I put for limited periods to allow the solar to re-charge the battery.

    It is a bit like some things on a laptop..Impossible if you do not know BUT then fairly simple once you understand and use a few times

    Tablets etc charge of a 12V supply to 5v USB charger and use minimal power (cigarette lighter socket)

    Beware an inverter that is NOT a pure sine wave one will kill an electric toothbrush.
    If you have an inverter is is unlikely to be full sine wave..

    I am sure friendly souls either at a meet or camp-site will assist.

    PS most people now have solar to maintain a full Leisure battery
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    Quote Originally Posted by andromeda View Post
    No laughter please.
    I have been trying to understand whether I have an inverter in my van. I think I have but I'm not sure. I understand the basic conversion but need a lesson on the use of it in my van. What I'm asking is if someone at the next meet / gathering um at could look at my van or paperwork and give me a lesson on the blooming thing. Can't contemplate a solar panel if I don't know what I'm dealing with. Have never been tech minded always preferences leaving that stuff to people that know. However not knowing or using stuff properly gets expensive. Thanks in advance for any offers of help.
    Hi Ya,
    Well if you can use 230v appliances aboard your vehicle when NOT plugged in to an Electrical supply via your Lead then I would suggest YES you do have an inverter aboard.
    As already said Loads of very knowledgeable members will be happy to have a look over a cuppa at a meet to talk you through bits n bobs.
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    I have a 2000 watt inverter. Don't really use it that much, but when I do, say to charge up laptop, I put it on when vehicle is on the move.
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    I have a 300 watt inverter. We run a 150 watt stick blender for less than a minute, and recharge batteries that do not charge off usb through it. These sort of things do not discharge our 80 amp hour leisure battery that much. Big batteries for power tools get charged through it as we drive.
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    Hi Ann,
    It's unlikely that you have an inverter fitted to your van, unless a previous owner fitted one.
    NZ makes sense. If you can use any 240v appliance in your van, then you will have one.
    I'm no expert, but i have a small inverter that plugs into a special socket. It's good for phone charging etc.Happy take a look next time I see you.

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    I think Madam Dromida is a little confused about what she has fitted in her van ,as in her OP she mentioned solar panel so it could be , solar controller or 240 v inverta or any other control box ,is she thinking about having a panel fitted and wondering if she can use something that is already fitted for a controller ..or may be she wants to run a 240 volt mixer to make more cakes to feed us at meet .She dose make exceedingly good cakes :cakes
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    I think that when you arrive at a meet just open the bonnet and I guarantee that you'll have most of the blokes with their heads under it within minutes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This place is crammed with knowledge, some of it useless (that's generally me ) but most is truly wonderful. On our first encounter at a meet I mentioned that we had been quoted £1600 for some bodywork repairs, very soon all the experts had been underneath and the general consensus was that if I was charged more than £500 I was being robbed. I took it to a local jobbing garage who did the job and gave me quite a bit change from the £500. So go to the meet and you'll not only get some terrific advice, you will probably learn more about your 'van too
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    Inverter

    In my van I have 3000wats (up tu 6000).

    If you have normal home socket 230v and when you plug something itís working, thatís mine you have the inverter.

    The question itís how powerful it is. You can not use smal inverter 150w for heating water.

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