Inverter

Discussion in 'Towables' started by connectswires, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. connectswires

    connectswires New Member

    I have an inverter mounted under my sink cabinet that is seperate from my breakers. The lights fliker alot. When I unplug the inverter from the 110 outlet and run on battery the fliker goes away. I am thinking bad inverter. Any ideas.
    Thanks
     
  2. TexasClodhopper

    TexasClodhopper Senior Member

    Re: Inverter

    You don't have an "inverter". You have a "converter". It converts 120 vac to 12 vdc.

    While your method of troubleshooting is not really technical in finding the source of your flickering lights, it is highly effective! :clown:

    By jove, I think you've found it! :clown:
     
  3. buddhacnote

    buddhacnote New Member

    Re: Inverter

    Actually it is called an "inverter". I am disabled electrical engineer, i know this stuff and yes it does sound like your inverter is bad. You can check "inverters" out here at this website...

    http://www.aaroncake.net/circuits/inverter.asp

    Buddha
     
  4. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

    Re: Inverter

    Well engineer here also and in this case Tex is correct.
    Converter makes 12 volt DC out of 110-120 AC.
    Inverter makes 110-120 AC out of 12 volt DC.

    But I agree with all, with the possibility of a ground just might cause this, that the converter is bad or going bad.

    LEN
     
  5. Triple E

    Triple E Senior Member

    Re: Inverter

    So the question. Are the lights that flicker 12 volt or 120 volt?

    :8ball:
     
  6. Triple E

    Triple E Senior Member

    Re: Inverter

    Ok, I am going to ASSuME the lights are 12 volts DC. Being when Connectswires states "when I unplug the inverter from the 110 outlet and run on battery the fliker goes away". So I ASSuME the light are being powered form the 12 volt DC batteries.

    So at this point I have to agree, again, with Nash. Tex is right. CONVERTER not INVERTER. ;)

    Please note my Electrical Engineer friend, the key words here are "unplug the inverter from the 110 OUTLET". :eek:


    :8ball:
     
  7. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Re: Inverter

    Hey triple E it was Len that said Tex was right :laugh: but I also agree with Tex :eek:
     
  8. brodavid

    brodavid Senior Member

    Re: Inverter

    I agree with Len and Tex, sounds like a converter
     
  9. buddhacnote

    buddhacnote New Member

    Re: Inverter

    Duh, my mistake...I read the question wrong. yes an inverter is a device that changes DC power into AC power, not AC into DC.

    Sorry,
    Buddha
     
  10. Triple E

    Triple E Senior Member

    Re: Inverter

    Heck Nash take it when you can get it. :laugh: Sorry Len. :(



    :8ball:
     
  11. brodavid

    brodavid Senior Member

    Re: Inverter

    :) :cool: :laugh:
     

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