Q1. What is the inverter/charger?
A1: Many systems incorporate an inverter/charger, which is a combination of an inverter, battery charger and transfer switch in one. The inverter portion converts DC power from an energy source into AC Power.The battery charger processes incoming AC power into DC power and recharges batteries using a multi-stage process, which helps assure maximum battery life. Some models are also able to automate supplementary power production with automatic generator start and stop capabilities.
Q2. Do I need to install my inverter near my batteries?
A2: Ideally an inverter should be installed within 10 feet of the battery bank. If you increase this distance,you will need to use larger DC cables to compensate for a drop in voltage and DC ripple.
Q3. Can I install my inverter/Charger in a gasoline engine compartment?
A3: All MUST Inverters/chargers are approved for installation in a diesel engine compartment& gasoline engine compartment.
Q4. What type of environmental conditions must I consider when installing an inverter?
A4: All MUST Inverters must be installed in a dry, well-ventilated compartment. While most units are designed to withstand corrosion from the salty air, they are not splash proof. The units also require a fresh air supply to operate properly.
Q5. What size of inverter do I need?
A5: Choosing the right size of inverter depends on the power requirements of the appliances you expect to operate at any given time. You should consider both the continuous and surge power rating of your appliance. The continuous rating must be high enough to handle all the loads that may run at the same time. The inverter must also be capable of handling the starting surge of all loads that may start at the same time. Loads typically take many times their continuous rating to start.