The power inverter is used to convert direct current to alternate current, from 12V DC to 120V AC, for instance. This accessory comes handy if you have iPods, laptops, mobile phones, or other electronic devices that you want to recharge and use while in the vehicle. When shopping for a good inverter for your car, you need to choose the right one.
Some features to look for:
Heavy-duty clamps make it easier to connect to the battery. Look for an inverter that's easy to install and has features for direct connection. The DC cable, for instance, may include a vehicle adapter. The package may also have a multi-prong AC outlet for adapters and chargers.
Components and accessories
Power inverters with high-speed fans and LED switch indicators are neat options. Some inverters also come with a digital FM modulator or FM transmitter. These are fine accessories to look into.
The best ones are designed to be light and compact.
A power inverter that's designed for safety may have these features: over-temperature shutdown and low-battery voltage shutdown. This power accessory must be made from top-quality materials for heavy-duty use, premium function, and utmost safety.
Installing a power inverter
Power inverters are not designed the same. Some have a bracket with holes for permanent installation. In case they don't come with a bracket, a good alternative would be Velco strips. Here are some steps on how you can install a power inverter:
Needed tools and materials:
- Wrench set
- Velcro strips
Step 1: Look for a good location for the inverter. The location must allow good air circulation to prevent overheating. To allow good airflow, keep the inverter's internal fan clear. The positive and negative cables will be passing through the firewall and to the battery. Accessibility is important as the inverter will have to be turned on and off.
Step 2: Set the inverter on the dashboard's bottom or along the side of the kick panel. Before drilling holes, they should be marked as you place the inverter up to the chosen location. You can then put in the screws and tighten them using a screwdriver.
Step 3: Use Velcro strips in case the inverter doesn't include a bracket. The Velcro strips must be fitted into the inverter's underside. As the plastic strip is pulled off the sticky side, the Velcro should be pushed onto the inverter. The Velcro's opposite side, meanwhile, must be pressed onto the piece on the power inverter. As you pull out the plastic from the back, attach the inverter with Velcro to the chosen location by pressing it.
Step 4: See to it that both the positive and negative cables run through the firewall and to the battery. After this, make sure that battery terminals are loose. Connect the red positive wire to the positive battery terminal, while the black one goes to the negative terminal. Make sure that the terminals are secured tightly.
The inverter should be turned off when you are starting the vehicle and when you turn off the engine. If this is switched on, the fan will keep working and will eat power even if the car is off. This may result in a dead battery.