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Charging with Power Inverter - does it cause damage?

Discussion in 'Inspire 1 Discussion' started by Lofty Visions, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. Lofty Visions

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    Hi folks,

    I did a search for this but still not too sure on the answer as people in the other, ancient threads were using larger inverters in terms of wattage.

    I bought one of these a while back for use on my motorbike while touring:
    Powertech 12v DC to 240c AV Output Inverter 150W Can Size w/ 2.1A USB out

    Specifications:
    Output Power (continuous) 150W
    Output Power (surge) 450W
    Input Voltage 10 - 15 VDC
    Output Voltage 230VAC +/- 10%
    Output Frequency 50Hz
    USB Output 5VDC, 2.1A
    Efficiency 90% Typical
    Standby Current <500mA
    Dimensions 165L x 60D mm
    Lead length 600mm


    Can anyone please tell me if this will be suitable for running a standard 100W Inspire charger? I have given it a quick go in the car whilst the engine was running and it was certainly charging, but I'm not sure if charging in this way will stuff the batteries and/or the car's electrics. I'm no electrician so I thought i'd ask the experts :)

    Many thanks
     
  2. Alastair

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    Is it pure sine wave? I believe it has to be. Double check tho'
     
  3. Lofty Visions

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    I think it's "modified sinewave", whatever that means :)
     
  4. IrishSights

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    300w Modified sine wave been working fine for me with a Phantom for nearly 2 years and a 1500w one since May for the I1. I use it also to run larger screen monitors in the field running off leisure batteries. My experiences is there is no problem. All my batteries are fine.
     
  5. FlyHighUSA

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    Same results for me. No problems
     
  6. Lofty Visions

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    Awesome, thanks guys.
     
  7. Alastair

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    Ah....there you go. It was a 50/50 chance and it seems I got it wrong.
    Won't be buying a lottery ticket.

    I did Google the difference and the pure was most like household current. Go figure
     
  8. RaptorMan

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    Pure sign wave is preferred, but a decent modified sign wave should also work just fine. Assuming you want to use it to charge a flight battery or remote with the 100W charger I'd go with an inverter of 125W+.


    Brian
     
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  9. Patagoniafilms

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    A 600W inverter would handle 3 inspire chargers of 100w?thanks