After you have determined the size of inverter you need add a 50% safety factor. There are two reasons for this:You just need to be a label reader and have a calculator. Add up the wattages of the devices you are most likely to have powered on all at the same time. That total is the size of inverter but add a bit extra for a safety margin .....
Not sure if you've ever watched Nate @explorist.life videos, but he's pretty good with detailed videos. Will Prowse @ diysolar is good, too.Thanks everybody. I have always travelled with a bed in the back of my minivan but I am planning on building a dedicated mini van [Transit Connect] and will have a few questions as I go.
Something that never seems to get mentioned but IMHO is the MOST important is the low versus high frequency difference in inverters and WHAT they can run..It's not just about counting watts and adding them all together..A low frequency I have that is 1500 watts will run my 8000 BTU wall AC but a 5000 watt high frequency one will not at all... Here is a link to google that explains it all https://www.google.com/search?q=low...i390i650l4.16945j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8After you have determined the size of inverter you need add a 50% safety factor. There are two reasons for this:
- Appliances with motors can use up to 40% more than their rated power on startup.
- The current supplied at the rated limit of an inverter can be noisy (i.e. not smooth). This can damage sensitive electronics over time.