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1,500 watts, 12vdc - 220vac, PSW Soft Start Inverter

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I won an auction today, one I didn't expect to win. Honestly, I had second thoughts about even attempting it. Money is a tight with what we are putting into the farm. But, I figured if I could keep it under $160 USD, I would give it shot. I just remained apprehensive about getting it, because most on auction sites are more costly than the figure I set as my maximum bid. But, sometimes, you get surprised - you win. I did today. 

 

It's a 1,500 watts continuous, 3,000 watts intermittent, 12vdc to 220vac, 50hz, soft start pure sine wave voltage inverter. Chinese made, but most are nowadays. Will see how well this one holds up. Besides, I won't be maxing it out anyway - far from it. I figure 500 watts will be the maximum draw this ol' boy will see for some time to come. Anyway, I won the auction at $156 USD, including shipping, to Cambodia. 

 

If you have the option, you will be much better off running a pure sine wave inverter, rather than a modified sine wave inverter. Electric motors, especially aren't crazy about Modified Sine Wave power. They run much more efficiently, and are better for running your appliances.

 

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For the record, the most recent prices I got, from a Chinese company nonetheless, are as follows: 
 

1,500 watts - MSW - plus shipping : USD118.30 + USD  53.70 (DHL) = USD172.00
2,000 watts - MSW - plus shipping:  USD127.20 + USD  58.80 (DHL) = USD186.00
1,500 watts - PSW - plus shipping :  USD193.00 + USD110.00 (DHL) = USD303.00
2,000 watts - PSW - plus shipping:   USD221.00 + USD115.00 (DHL) = USD336.00

 

 

 

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dicey eye

You're becoming something of an AC/DC guru.

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jimmyboy

so you know about alibaba.com Paul? Even the big manufacturers there will sometimes offer to send you evaluation units for shipping cost if they see you as a potential distributor.

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Parrothead

so you know about alibaba.com Paul? Even the big manufacturers there will sometimes offer to send you evaluation units for shipping cost if they see you as a potential distributor.

 

Yep. I tried to get some of them to send me a single unit. While they would, the price savings was not that great. 

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Parrothead

You're becoming something of an AC/DC guru.

 

:D 

 

Well, regarding this off-grid stuff, just learning as I go. 

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dicey eye

how much would that gizmo you bought on auction cost new? how much you save by going that route?

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how much would that gizmo you bought on auction cost new? how much you save by going that route?

 

It is new. You may have missed the last quote I got via email a couple days ago. This is what I was quoted for a unit almost identical to the one I purchased:

 

 

 

1,500 watts - PSW - plus shipping :  USD193.00 + USD110.00 (DHL) = USD303.00

 

$303 - $156 is $147. Or, almost enough to buy another one. Another one I was bidding on was sold for $161.50, shipped, today. They are commonly on eBay.

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jimmyboy

i got a great deal on ebay for solar panels- 40% off RRP

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Parrothead

I just tried to get a controller, similar to mine but without the meter. Had it listed for $70.00, or Buy Now for $100. Shipping here would have been $20. It was one month old. I lost by 1.50 or so. Oh well. Just wasn't meant to be.

 

 

i got a great deal on ebay for solar panels- 40% off RRP

 

So, how many did ya buy? How many watts, each?

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it was several years ago- they were polycrystalline- 2 x 350 watt panels set up as portable fold out, paid about $750 for them which was cheap at that time.

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