Semi Truck Power Inverter: Input Voltage
A power inverter needs the required input voltage in order to operate. There are two common types of power inverters for semi trucks– the 12-Volt power inverters and the 24-Volt power inverters. The12-Volt DC inverters will produce 120 volts of AC power for trucks with 12-Volts DC input voltage. Before purchasing a power inverter, check that your truck can support 12-Volts. Also, check that the appliances also support the same type of voltage power. 12-Volt inverters range from 150 Watts to 3000 watts of AC power.
The 24-Volt power inverters, on the other hand, use 24-Volts DC input voltage. They also produce 120 volts of AC power and can range from 150 to 3000 watts of AC power.
Semi Truck Power Inverter: Installation
You can use a cigarette lighter adapter to connect a small-load power inverter with current loads of 150 watts or less. This is ideal when you will not use large equipments or if you are only going to use the power inverter rarely.
For any appliances with higher current loads, approximately above 150 watts, use a power cable and connect it to the positive side (+) of your truck’s battery terminal. Use an in-line fuse or circuit breaker to prevent short-circuits. Make sure that you use power rings to connect the cables to the power source to secure it better to the battery post.
Semi Trcuk Power Inverter: Grounding Inverters
The ground wire should make direct contact with the bare metal of the truck or the negative (-) battery terminal. Also, make sure that the ground terminal has the same gauge as the power cable.
Locate the existing bolt or screw that makes contact with the truck’s body near the inverter. Then, unscrew or remove the bolt and clean by scraping away the dirt and grime. To ensure that the ground wire maintains a solid contact with your truck’s body, you can use a star washer. Slip a ring terminal underneath the washer after soldering it onto the ground wire, and then put the bolt or screw back on.
Semi Truck Power Inverters: Uses
Semi truck owners can use the power inverter to convert DC to AC power to run a variety of small appliances and electronics gadgets. When traveling and there is a need to power a laptop, you can use the power inverter to do so. Household appliances such as, microwave ovens, coffee pots, toasters and televisions can also benefit from a power inverter when needed. Outdoor camping, for example, will be more enjoyable when you can use these convenient appliances using the power inverter.