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    I'm looking for a pure sine wave inverter that is reasonably compact for charging camera batteries and an Apple MacBook while camping and on the road. Would appreciate any advice on the optimum inverter wattage for such applications?

    Happy to pay a little extra for quality but space is tight as we travel without a trailer.
    The inverter would be powered by a 200Ah aux. battery controlled by a Projecta DC/Solar unit, topped up by 2 x 120w solar panels.
    Just curious what recommendations would be out there? (And available in SA)
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Inverter recommendations for camping usage?

    Modified sine is good for charging purposes.

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    Spend the next 18 days reading this thread and your question will be answered...


    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...-Wave-Inverter

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    Simple 300w into the cig lighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by desdrake View Post
    Modified sine is good for charging purposes.
    apple products don't like msw. I popped 2 Apple chargers on a 500w msw. Buy a decent Psw that suits your budget. I have a Victron psw 1200va and no issues since.
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    Installed this Victron 375va into my Metalian trailer. Works a charm to charge laptop, kid's tablets, phones and run nebulizer Click image for larger version. 

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    Installed this Victron 375va into my Metalian trailer. Works a charm to charge laptop, kid's tablets, phones and run nebulizer Click image for larger version. 

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    SA based one could get some from Electroman. I think about R3800 for 1500W. The link in post 5 shows quite a lot of members who bought the 3000W that gives 1500W continuios. Yes it must be imported from China and right no no stuff seems to get on a plane. Just be patient as the current price is about R2000 and could drop to about R1400 in 2 weeks time. Shipping is about R30 couriered to your addy or Clicks stores.

    I have not seen anybody amongst the 40 odd people not happy with it.
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    Look at post #4 first paragraph in the photo. This is from solar electric forum and BB is apparently the guru.
    Personally I think 300 - 500W is the way to go for camping Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by peyperj View Post
    Installed this Victron 375va into my Metalian trailer. Works a charm to charge laptop, kid's tablets, phones and run nebulizer Click image for larger version. 

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    Thanks for this - seems that Victron is the preferred brand.
    I rotated the image but not sure of the size of the 375va - will try and google it but would appreciate a rough measurement if you have a chance.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceHun View Post
    apple products don't like msw. I popped 2 Apple chargers on a 500w msw. Buy a decent Psw that suits your budget. I have a Victron psw 1200va and no issues since.
    This is helpful - thanks. Will research the Victron products.

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    3kg
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    Not an expert but did some forum reads. Best go for a 1kw pure sine wave, then at least for the future if you need to run other sensitive items you have the capacity to do so. ie you avoid wasting money by buying twice.
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    Default Re: Inverter recommendations for camping usage?

    I am also looking for a inverter just to power a warm blanket on my winter camps.
    Obviously not the whole night just to warm bed but yet to find a answer there is so many different one's and you do not know if it is decent or not.

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    I got 12v electric blankets from a picknpay awhile ago.

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    I would not go for anything bigger than 500W at the most. For charging laptops and cameras a 350 is more than adequate. Keep in mind that the bigger you go the more the inverter will draw from the battery, a 350 will draw about 29A and a 1200w load will draw a comfortable 100A in the 12v side so boiling a kettle as an example will buckle your battery so hard the sides will dent in from the sucking of power. If you take that a 100 A/h battery is built to drop to half its capacity then that 1200w load will kill the battery in half an hour.

    A camera or laptop is between 75 and 100W and draws 6,5 - 8,5 A on the 12v side, managable and sustainable. A 350w inverter will do this while idling and not break the bank and yes a 1000W unit will not even know it is working but the internal resistance and current consumption is more as well as the original purchase price. Why buy a truck to do the work of a shopping basket.
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    I bought a 500W would rather have had a smaller 300W which operates at a lower temp. Was not a Victron. 300W would have handled all our requirements.

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