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jfbritt 11-10-2019 02:22 PM

Connect Inverter to Truck
 
I have a 2011 Ford F-250 Diesel. It has two (2) batteries. I want to connect a 2000W or 3000W inverter to the truck but do not want it install permanently or hardwired. The inverter would be used primarily for emergencies to power tools or a small air compressor. Does anyone have any information or insight on how this can be done or if it can be done safely. For example, what gauge wire should be used, should an in-line fuse box be place in the positive line, if so, what amperage, can battery clamps similar to jumper cables clamps be used to connect to the battery(ies), to which battery is the inverter connected or both, etc.? I just want to see if this can be done safely and, if it can, the process to do it?

AZ Traveler 11-10-2019 04:49 PM

It might be simpler to consider buying a 2000 watt generator.

Cables between the battery and a 2000/3000 watt inverter need to be short (six feet or less) and heavy 4/0 AWG with a 300-400 amp fuze.

beeje 11-10-2019 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by AZ Traveler (Post 1165909)
It might be simpler to consider buying a 2000 watt generator.

Cables between the battery and a 2000/3000 watt inverter need to be short (six feet or less) and heavy 4/0 AWG with a 300-400 amp fuze.

I agree, why would you want to go through the process to do that when a small genny ( $300-500) will get the job done.

DQDick 11-10-2019 06:52 PM

I've used my small generator to power our air compressor several times over the years. I've even used it to power an electric chain saw and couldn't have done that with the truck as it was needed too far from the truck.


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