I am making an inverter whivh converts 12 V dc to 230 V ac i am using 2 33 ohm resistor of 1 watt to connect the load on transformer whenever i switch on the ckt the 1 watt resistor are heating to much and multimeter does not show any voltage i am using 12 Volt dc 2.5AH battery as power supply what is the problem

Posted by AbhishekR2 4 years ago

how to build an inverter

I want to know how to build an inverter upto 5kva

Posted by segge 3 years ago

can a dc to ac power inverter mess up a car?

My family is going on a long trip this thanksgiving and I wanted to use a power inverter that i have to power a portable dvd player(actually its an old laptop with a dvd drive) on the trip (its battery is toast and I have no car charger) my mom thinks that the inverter will find a way to mess up her Toyota minivan and won't let me plug it in is she right? can a power inverter mess up a car?

Posted by clasic_traveller_diehard 10 years ago

inverter on a camera flash

Ive been studying the intertubes for a bit now and I cant seem to find an explanation on how a disposable camera flash works in detail. I mean I understand that it runs with two transformers, one at 300v output to charge the cap and the other to help discharge the payload through the xenon bulb run at 2000v output. but a transformer doesn't work with out a pulse or rapid continuous change in voltage. so how is it inverting to ac or am I missing something stupid

Posted by snowfox222 4 years ago

UPS battery backup as car inverter?

I hope this isn't a dumb question, but if I were to take an old UPS unit, remove the battery, wire a 12V lighter socket plug to the battery cables in the UPS, and plug it in to the car, would it convert the 12V DC to 120V AC while the car is running? And if it worked would it draw too much power or damage anything? I wouldn't use this to run anything with a motor, just a laptop charger and maybe a light. Thanks! :)

Posted by 500FPS 1 year ago

To make a 12 volt and 1.5A dc supply which supply power for 1.5-2 hours

I want to make 12volt 1.5A dc inverter which will supply power for 1.5-2 hours for my router. Please tell me how to make it?

Posted by mahedi_aiub 6 years ago

Noob Q about inverter for an ornithopter

I was looking in the back of my Jameco catalog the other day and they listed a product called "Muscle wire". It's apparently a nickel-titanium alloy that shrinks as it heats up. It occurred to me that I could flap ornithopter wings with it (a really small ornithopter). I was trying to figure out how I could switch voltage from one pair of wires (the flap UP wires) to the other pair of wires (the flap DOWN wires) without a microchip. I came up with something I'm sure wouldn't work involving a couple transistors, a diode and a cap. Today on wikipedia I figured out that what I was doing was something close to an inverter.So here's the question: Anyone know of a simple switching circuit that runs on a/c power and does not have square-wave switching characteristics?I'll keep researching this myself, but sometimes 'tis quicker to ask the big-brained and kind hearted (you know who you are).

Posted by royalestel 11 years ago

inverter circuit

I have several BD139 transistors, several types of transformers, blocker diodes and 40pf 50v capacitors. can anyone show me a simple schematic to convert low voltage to high voltage?

Posted by buddybro 4 years ago

LCD loosing backlight.

My backlights fail only when I input a viveo source of any kind. If I power up in RGB with a composite video source pluged in its fine until I switch the source to composite(video1). this is true for any source. they include S-video, RGB, composite, VGA and tuner. its run on 12V, pretty much Identical to a computer monitor except more inputs. thinking maybe the inverter, any other ideas will be helpful???

Posted by mool 10 years ago

Variable DC input to a clean AC out put

So here is what I am trying to accomplish. I am trying to take an old Jacobs wind turbine controller that was designed for a grid tie application and make it off grid. There is a 3 phase "wild" ac input from the turbine that is rectifyed but not clipped by the internal SCR's to variable DC (40-180 volts). The sensing was designed to tie to the grid and power sync'd to line power and freq then exported or imported depending on demand. What I would like to do is build a Variable Dc input inverter that will put out a pure sine wave 120/240 vac split phase. Thus imprinting a usable power out put and allowing the cap/choke inverter to do its part. The design need not handle much power as it is only used as an imprint to regulate the power through the controller. If anyone had any idea on a build for this or a manufacturer that is producing such an item I could really use some ideas. Thanks

Posted by nbrooks 7 years ago

Converting a Laptop LCD into a Lightbox

Hi everybody. I've salvaged the LCD screen from an old laptop (an ASUS F3J). I wanna try to convert it into a lightbox (something like this ). My biggest problem is: I only have the screen and the inverter (so if I'm lucky I only have to power the inverter to light up the backlight of the screen) but I don't know the voltage needed by the inverter or where I have to solder the power plug. I've found a tutorial but my inverter seem to miss the ground-vled-ledon-pwn copper pad for testing. Here is an image of my inverter . Does anybody know how I can reuse my inverter for powering on the backligh of the LCD screen? Can I bypass the inverter powering directly the screen? If possible I wanna avoid to buy or DIY a backlight tester because I only need to light up one screen, I really don't need a full functional LCD screen tester kit. Thanks in advance ^_^ PS: sorry for the bad english

Posted by FabrizioT 4 years ago

12v to 120v sine inverter boosting

I have a 20 year old van. The a/c leaked and it is much cheaper to buy a 120v window unit ($140 with a 3-year walk-in exchange warranty) than to pay a shop to rebuilt the vehicle a/c. I chose a 5k BTU window unit that uses 4.1 amps running, and have a 1k watt sine wave inverter. Alone, the inverter will not start the a/c unit, but will power the fan. I confirmed a trick to start motors with an inverter. I connected an 8" bench grinder to the inverter and started it. It took a few restarts to get it up to speed. Then I started the a/c and it ran without problems. The bench grinder motor was able to supply the reactive power the a/c compressor needed to start. Both continued to run without straining the van's alternator. BUT, I don't want to travel with a running bench grinder going, that's not safe. Is there another way to supply the reactive boost that is safe to travel with? Once I get a simple stable way to run the a/c I'll work on a mount to vent the hot side. The van has sliding windows.

Posted by DavidN71 3 years ago

Transistor Voltage Inverter

I am a newbie and was hoping someone could assist me. Given the following schematic which takes a voltage of 12v and considers it off and a voltage of 2 volts and considers it on can someone tell me what changes would need to take place regarding capacitors and resistors (if any) to account for 20v instead of 12v? Meaning that when 20v is considered off and 2v is considered on.

Posted by TimothyE2 3 years ago

Inverter to Flaslight bulb?

I am building a basic night light ordeal, and I used a photoresistor to detect the change in light. Of course, the photoresistor will, by default, only have a high output when there is light, so I used an inverter (Not Gate). My inverter is made up of a transistor , a 1.5k resistor, a 10k resistor, and leads off to a LED. The photoresistor would go off to the Base of the transistor, so it can invert the output. Originally, I had this hooked up to a 4.5 volt input (the photoresistor has 4.5 volts going to it, and the transistor had 4.5 volts going into it), but I wanted to brighten it up, so I upped the voltage to 7.5 volts so I could add a 6.3V Incandescent Flashlight Bulb ( When I hook this up to a regular 6 volt battery pack, I easily turn the light on. When I connect it to the inverter, however, I don't get anything going on. I've upped the input voltages to 9 Volts, but still, no dice. Everything works fine until I change the LEDs to the bulb. So far, I've changed the resistor values in both directions (I've decreased them down to 10 Ohms, and increased them to a max of 1M Ohms). The only way I can possibly get this to work is by removing the Resistor going to the Collector, but then it is constantly on. The output of the photoresistor no longer matters. The output of the inverter is constantly high. Any ideas? All help is appreciated.

Posted by freethetech 7 years ago

DC supply for inverter

Hello. I need to figure out the component values for a "simple" high current power supply... and whether the component costs would even be feasible. I plan on buying a 3Kw output 12 DC inverter for use in Spain. I have several US devices that I don't want to run off a step-down transformer as running them at 50Hz instead of 60Hz will cause heating and eventual failure (I experimented with my Technics power amp, it got very hot and started to smell, then the output went way down... it's now on the "one of these days I'll open this up and take a look" pile). So, what I need to design is a 220 to 12 volt/300 amp unregulated supply. Ideas, anyone?

Posted by tsmyles 8 years ago

9 volt battery to power 5 watt tube amp

I searched for so long for the internet to answer me and nothing i want an inverter that will take a 9 volt battery and power a 5 watt tube amp. the amp is handwired, there's no circuit board and i want to believe its possible

Posted by ethan.heil 5 years ago

I need help with my projetc with a petrol generator, inverter-charger and gel batteries

Hello,  I own a non-profit organization in the island of Tenerife, Spain. We have established in an old house that was from my grandpa. We are there since Novenber 2010. We tried to sing up with a local enterprise that provides electricity but they told us that we had to make some changes in the house, we did it but they still without providing us electricity so we bought a petrol generator that provides us the only source of electricity that we have, but petrol is a bit expensive and the generator is noisy.  Mi intention is to set up solar energy sometime in the future, but is a bit expensive for us by the moment. Last mounth I bougth an inverter-charger and a gel battery for charge it temporaly with the petrol generator, saving energy, however I believe that they are bad connected toguetter because the battery doesn't charge. I don't have a lot of knolenge about this matter so I need help.  I attach some photos of the battery and the inverter (is a charger-inverter in fact). I can take more photos if they are needed or provide more information. I'm really don't know what I'm doing and I fear to try by myself and broke something.  I think that the problen is in the connection to the battery or the inverter switch, so I provide those photos for start.  Thank you very much, I need help. 

Posted by OliverdelaRosa 6 years ago

Circuit Help!

Hi, I'm trying to put together a basic circuit for charging a capacitor/s with a built in LED to indicate when it's charged. I've created a draft on Multism but can't seem to get it to work. I'm a complete novice at electronics and have pieced it together from various schematics I've found. Help please! :)

Posted by si_eng 10 years ago

How to change diagram for EL Wire Inverter

As you all know, building it yourself is almost always cheaper! I've been doing a lot with EL Wire recently and I want to make my own inverters since the ones online can be pricey. There seem to be a LOT of ways to make an inverter. I liked this one in particular: What would I need to change to achieve an output of about 200v at about 500hz? I've read that this is optimal for EL wire.

Posted by theqwertman 7 years ago

El Wire AC inverter

El wire is cool and all but all the circuits that come with them are so half assed made it isn't funny. I have yet to get a circuit that is up to spec's that even closely adheres to any of the soldering tips and ticks, good soldering joints, anything. crap crap.  i have the components but the board is whack. how do you go about making a AC inverter for Elwire?

Posted by Chingasman 7 years ago

6v to 12 v step up power inverter to charge phone from a 6v motorcycle electrical system. advice sought.

Hi, just below are two pictures and details of different mini 6v to 12v step up power inverters. I have tried to use the smallest sized one out of the two without success. I installed the smallest one on my old 50cc moped with the idea that it would charge my mobile phone as I rode my bike.  My bike has a 6v electrical system, hence the need for a 6v to 12v power inverter. I also bought a 12v incar charger lead from a phone shop. Its the type of lead you plug into your car cigerette lighter to keep your phone fully charged. It charges my phone well inside my car but not on my bike! On my bike. I connected the phone charger lead to the 6v to 12v step up inverter expecting it to charge my phone just as it would do in my car. But no! It does not charge my phone correctly. It seems to send power to my phone in short spurts and gaps. It will charge for 5 to 8 seconds. It then stops charging for 7 seconds and continues to charge for a further 5 to 8 seconds and the cycle repeats over and over. Having it charge this way means that the phone does not receive a good charge and eventually my phone battery goes low and then dies. I think there could be stability issues with this 6v to 12v power inverter. I have found another type of power inverter for sale. The seller says his inverter is quite stable. I may end up replacing the old inverter with the one. I'm hoping it will do the job more successfully than the current inverter im trying but failing to use. Im not technically minded. I have copied and pasted the web addresses of both inverters. On the sites you will see the technical details of both inverters. Would someone please take a look to compare both devices for me please. I am looking for a solution to charging my phone successfully whilst on my bike. Would the bigger inverter be better compared to the smaller one  I have allready installed? This is the inverter I am currently using but doesn't work properly. And this is the inverter I am thinking of getting to replace the old one.;=item2313e68e8f As i said, Im not techinally minded and and looking for your advice. Would the bigger inverter be a good choice to replace the old one to charge my phone. Thanks for replies in advance.

Posted by selectauto 6 years ago

Help with scanner hack (3 pin inverter!!)

Hi, I have an old scanner and wanted to do the scanner hack to get a lamp. But here, the instructables about this dont help me, because the iinverters they are using have 2 pins for the power, while mine has three. Here is a pic Please any solution?? the lapm works when I plug the whole scanner.

Posted by juanvi 8 years ago

Voltage regulator for laptop

Hi there. I have a problem for which I'd like some opinions: I have a PB laptop which has fried its inverter for the LCD due to the input voltage towards the inverter being too high (19v while it should be 12v and can only endure upto 13v). Most PB models have this problem. I looked around and some people suggest making a voltage regulator with a 7812 and some capacitors that gets its power directly from the input of the power adapter on the laptop (19v, 6+ amps). But since I am not really that into electronics, I have no idea if this will work, especially towards the heat that comes with the 7812, will it be high? The inverter needs around 0.5 amps input current. Others suggest a setup with (zener) diodes, but I have no clue how to start on that. Anybody have a suggestion? Many thanks.

Posted by .conne. 10 years ago

12V DC to 220V AC

I have an emergency lamp with backup battery power. its lamps have gone out. i want to use it to power a router, medai converter and a mobile charger. i have uploaded the specification of my power supply and things i want to run. please give me a detail way of doing this project and the materials i need, like inverter and other things My lamp gives 12V DC supply. i want to convert it to 220V AC and run those components. how can i run it and how long can i run thanks

Posted by energyworks 4 years ago

12V DC to 220V AC supply

Hello I have a emergency light with battery back up. its lights have gone out so i want to use its 12V dc power to transfer to ac power to backup a media converter, wifi router and mobile charger. Please, i want a detailed process of building this system. how much time could i get backup? i need a instrument and parts list for this project. i have uploaded the pictures of my light and specifications along with it. thanks

Posted by energyworks 4 years ago

Running a fog machine and LEDs from battery pack

So I have this idea that will require a fog machine, some LED's, and a switch to turn them both on at the same time. The mechanical issues I have figured out, I just need a little help with the electronics. I plan to have this rig be mobile, as in backpack mounted, and I have no problem carrying a 12 volt battery on my back to accomplish this task. I need help on the specific electronics required in order to rig it together. To the best of my understanding, I need a 12 volt battery, an inverter/power outlet, and POSSIBLY a microcontroller, but I'd like to avoid the later at all costs, haha. Fog machine I intend to use would be 400 watt since it seems to be the most viable. If I can swing a KW one that would be awesome. And the LEDs would be either red or blue. I'd like a switch in the set up to allow for the fog/LEDs to be activated at the same time. URL to machine below: What I really need to know is how to set up the 12v to accept the 400w fog machine, if it's possible, and what type of gauge wire/cooling systems I would need if I chose to run this on my back for safety. And if you could help with the logistics of recharging the battery, that would be sweet as well. Thanks!

Posted by ItalianLou 6 years ago

inverter rating

Somewhat confused... I'm planning some guerilla projections with a 4500lumen projector (which has a power rating of 450w) can I run it with a 700w inverter? Instructable on these pages says I need 2000w+ inverter can anyone explain why I need so much headroom.

Posted by helterskelter 12 years ago

Reusing desktop and laptop monitor CCFLs and power supplies to make a floodlight

I'm using a collection of broken laptop and desktop monitors I got free from a repair workshop to assemble a floodlight/spotlight from the CCFLs and their inverters. The desktop monitor power supplies take mains voltage (240 V) and power the CCFLs but also seem to provide a 5 V and 12 V supply to the electronics that control the LCD. The laptop inverters themselves accept either 5 V in some cases or 12 V in others so naturally I want to run the laptop inverters off the 12 V and 5 V supply because otherwise it's wasted. The problem is that I don't know how much power I can draw from the 5 V and 12 V of the power supply. I've had a look at the back of a monitor that says it draws 0.7 A at 240 V. What translates to 168 W which is more than I was expecting. Assuming that the four built-in CCFLs use 8 W each, that would still leave 136 W. Assuming the power supply is only 60% efficient that leaves (168 W x 60%) - (4 x 8 W) = ~68 W. I've no way to tell how that's distributed across the 12 V and 5 V but if it's 34 W each then I can draw 2.8 A from 12 V and 6.8 A from 5 V? I figure I can probably, maybe attach eight laptop inverters to each desktop PSU (four on 12 V (1.6 A) and four on 5 V (4 A)?

Posted by THX 1138 1 year ago

Where can I find power supplies for EL wire...

...that are powered by a bicycle, as mentioned at the end of this article?

Posted by mrshow555 7 years ago

Scanner inverter outputs

I've just been wondering about the output of scanner inverters for a few projects, what kind of voltages and amperages are they outputting. I have a few little ideas but don't really know that much about their outputs, I gave googling and parts numbers a go but mostly found unrelated pages or had no luck with part numbers...

Posted by killerjackalope 10 years ago

Location matters?

Does the EL wire for this contest have to come from Becase it can be found cheaper many other places.

Posted by DELETED_cdousley 8 years ago

Powering electro luminescence wire (EL wire)

I was planning on doing some work with EL wire, but I didn't want to use a battery powered system.  I wanted to be able to plug the whole thing into a wall outlet for power, because I thought that would be nice and convenient and all that, but I had some questions: 1)     Would I need to reduce the voltage of the outlet first?  It's a standard 120 volt outlet. 2)     What components would I need between the outlet and the wire itself to make it work? 3)     What length would of wire could I expect to light with this setup?  What is the limiting factor? I'd appreciate it if anyone could help me.  I haven't ever tried this before, and haven't really explored EL wire before.  Thanks!

Posted by Avren5 7 years ago

How to limit A/C current draw from gird and draw power from secondary grid tied solar inverter ?

Micro grid tie inverters are an excellent power source and can be linked together to generate energy, however they do not function when grid is down, this is for the safety of line workers. In a real world scenario I want to ensure that all power is drawn from the energy produced by the micro solar inverters as the primary source while it can produce power and not from the grid which will act as a secondary power source, this will require some sort of current limiting solution from the grid without reducing the voltage to keep the inverter working.   For the safety of line workers I would like to have an automatic transfer switch which will have both the primary power source from grid and a tertiary inverter backed battery backup so that when the grid is off, the power is drawn from the Inverter and there is no power fed back into the line keeping lineworkers safe and since pure sine wave produced by the inverter can activate the grid-tie inverters and it should theoretically increase the VA of the UPS to the size of the installed Grid-tie micro inverter capacity, the automatic transfer switch should take care of switching between grid when power is on and to the backup inverter when power is off.  TIA for any advice in this regard !

Posted by Ruben GeradM 2 years ago

DC --> AC Inverter Question

I just bought a 12vDC to 115AC power inverter. But it will shutoff when the voltage drops below 10v :/ Can I disable this? It's annoying as I'm running it outside of a car so I cant just start an engine to charge the thing.

Posted by acer5050 10 years ago

elwire sound activated inverter mod need help

Hello guys, ive been working on my project suitcase boombox and was searching for cool thing that  i might add to it and found this thing called elwire, so i bought it and now im wondering if theres any way i could hook it up straight to my audio amplifiers channel or something like that instead of using the microphone on the elwire inverter. here is the elwire inverter the amp im using: lepai

Posted by VytasŽ 3 years ago

Electronic help required - independently powering a CCFL

Hi, a friend of mine recently had a problem with a laptop where the screen went dim. I tried the obvious, screen settings (it didn't have a monitor swith-off button :S ) and reset the bios with no luck, so I thought that the problem was probably related to either the cable, the inverter or the backlight. I tried a new lcd screen with a known-working backlight and it failed to work. I also purchased a new cable and a new inverter but the backlight still failed to turn on. This now points me in the direction of a motherboard problem. I am going to take a multimeter and test the voltages going from the inverter and to the inverter. If these appear to be correct, is there any way that I can get the backlight to turn on? If the voltages are correct I would assume it's something to do with the light control and stuff, and wonder if I was to say, disconnect all the wires from the inverter but dc supply and ground (and I think there is a connection to the oscillator?), would it work? If there is no voltage going to the inverter, does anyone know how I could power the backlight independently? I would imagine it would take some sort of power regulator and maybe a separate inverter? Thanks

Posted by MoonDemon 11 years ago

Sodium grow light ballast to car dc-ac inverter. Can it be done ?

Story be this my friend. I have a few 1000watt grow light inverter/ballasts. Turns out i can't afford the electricity needed to run these. Soooooo I'm wondering if i can convert them into a dc-ac inverter. For use in a mobile home or in my car for....something I'll figure some use for it. Could also just be a fun project. Point being Id like to see these re purposed for something useful. I didn't pay much for them (lucky thrift shop find) And i dont want to use it for running lights on 12v or whatever. Thats all i can seem to find on this subject in google. And i can solder and very well..i think. 

Posted by williamb349 1 year ago

Power Tool Corded to Cordless

Hi 'nstructables I'm building a hovercraft (see several tutorials on Instructables - the one with a leaf blower) and my leaf blower is corded. I don't want to buy 25 miles of Black and Decker High Power Extension Cabling so I'm planning to convert to cordless. Here's my idea: (in visual) Is there anything I need to add? And if so, how do I make the "12VDC-240VAC" inverter described? My blower is 1600 watt. Thanks for any help! (Black and Decker)

Posted by nitrojon 1 year ago

How to build a 5Kwh Power Wall using Headway 38120 LifePo4 Batteries

Frequent power cut during the summer and hours of no power issue during the monsoon makes our lives miserable. It's a common picture in rural areas where the overhead power line connection is prevalent. This led me to think about an alternative power back up that would be way better than the conventional LA or SLA battery solutions. With the constant advancement in the technology, new dimensions are being unfolded to us and I believe, the powerful Headway 38120 batteries are going to reign in the market for quite sometime. I need help from the experts to build a 5kwa Power Wall using Headway 38130 LifePo4 cells and an Inverter too. The parameters are: Output Voltage: 230v, Max Load: >500wh (I'm looking for 10hrs bkp= 5kwh), I'm clueless about how many cells I might need and how many of them will be in series and in parallel connection. Do I need a custom built charger for these LifePo4 cells and BMS too? Please help me up.

Posted by akik007 7 months ago

controller for Inverter AC unit ?

Hi. I got problem and I cant find the solution. got outside unit inverter aircondition, but indoor unit is missing (resason why I get unit for discount price ) and now I cant run outside unit, because inverter AC you cant control without that PCB from indoorunit but I cant find new-used I search like crazy  days and no result :( is any chance to run that unit without original PCB ? maybe with arduino etc ?  and if anyone know for good store for AC parts (no matter which continent), I need for AIRWELL GC plus 9 thank you for all informations

Posted by primoz1 3 years ago

Camera Circuit Problem

Most of these have a inverter with 5 pins. Side A: 2 pins. Side b: 3 pins.Well, mine came with 4 pins total. you can see theres 2 transistors.. MY question / idea.. Why cant u just delete the transistors? Like...Left side of inverter Top = Battery + Bottom = Battery -Right side of inverter: Top = Line to capacitor Bottom = Odly Battery +Is there ANY way i can hook this up Easier? I WANTED to cut the circuit to that super small size, with a LED, Transistor, Diode, and inverter. But .. Thats impossible with these.. and i got 8 of the 4-pin ones!! ARG!

Posted by Killa-X 10 years ago

PWM to MPPT solar Charge Controller

I have an Hybrid Solar Inverter with 50A PWM solar charge controller inbuilt into it. It works on 24V battery bank. I am having 800Watt of PV module installed in the system. As my inverter is having PWM charge controller, I am not able to harvest maximum of power from panels. I want to know that, is there any arrangement or device which can be put in between PV panel and my Inverter which can increase efficiency or can act as PWM to MPPT converter for my Inverter? My Solar Pannels generates often 39V but I couldnt utilize the surplus power as it stepped down to 24 Volt.

Posted by Shashi BhushanS 3 years ago

The Inverted Map

This map reimagines the Earth with the idea that the oceans are the land masses and the continents are the oceans. It's interesting to see a world map where everything is connected and it would be possible to walk the entire circumference. It reminds us that what is "normal" comes from our own personal experiences.Whether the map is a Mercator map, a Peters map, or a map of something besides the Earth, that map can have a huge effect on how you perceive it. Just like statistics, maps can be deceiving so make sure you're questioning the sources and get the best information you can. link

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Home Electronic Project, Can Use Some Help :)

Hey all I'm trying to hack together a few things to make a uninterrupted power supply unit. So far, I've got a 500W power inverter from 12V to 240V, and a car battery. Unfortunately, I also need a power supply capable of pumping enough amps into the inverter and battery to get the whole thing started. I've tried an old ATX power supply I had lying around (actually several :s and I figured if I can get at least a few amps out of it it'll power ONE computer at least) but as soon as the inverter is connected to the 12V line the power supply shuts down (even when it's not powering anything at all, just the inverter ATM). It's like some sort of safety mechanism, same thing happens if you short two wires across. I know there's nothing wrong with the inverter because I can plug it into a normal wall transformer (which fried as soon as I plugged something into it because the transformer only output 1A ), and it works fine powering a computer on the battery. Anyone know of a way of overriding this mechanism, or even better, a way of hacking together a cheap and nasty 240V -> 12V 50A power transformer? Maybe splicing two power supplies together, if it's possible? 'Shady

Posted by PacShady 10 years ago

Need advice to find 12V dc/ac schematics

Hi, Im looking for schematics for a Chicago electric - 2000 Watt / 4000 Watt Peak Power inverter part number 95596 from harbor frieght. i did search there site with no luck, and i could use it asap. Or if you some advice about how I should go about repairing it, that would be great. It simply will not power on. TY in advance for your help :)

Posted by intheshed123 8 years ago

How Interchangeable are Laptop Screens?

Can I replace an HP Mini 311 or 210 HD netbook screen with the HP Envy’s 15” 1920 x 1080 screen? I can order the netbook and the Envy’s screen with both the power inverter and the display cable from HP’s website. My ultimate goal is to make a super tablet like this one here:   It should work right, as long as the display cable is the same and I use the Envy's power inverter?

Posted by Sup3r3g0 8 years ago

Controlling two servos with one pin and a NOT-gate

Here's an interesting idea. It may be possible to control two servos independently with only one output pin and an inverter/NOT-gate. Normally, a servo is at its 'center' position when a pulse is 1.5 ms & its angle (or speed for continuous servos) is based on the difference between the length of time of the pulse it received & the base-time of 1.5ms. The servo itself does not react to the time BETWEEN pulses however. If the signal was inverted, the result would be a pulse with a time being that of the time between pulses of the initial signal. If the width of a pulse and the time between pulses can be independently controlled, then it would be possible to control one servo with the signal directly, and another servo using the inverted signal. I found something similar here [] but it seems to be intended for 'reversing' the signal used to control one of the servos.

Posted by Michael_Everett_Feder 3 years ago

solar install question

Ok so I see a few solar setups online. now I have been researching for a while on this and no one can give me the answers so here i go on here. So i want an UPGRADE-ABLE solar setup. right now I have 2 150ah 12v batteries. I have multiple 50 amp charge controllers. so when I buy the solar panels I can plug in and get batteries going no problem.... My issue is the mains voltage side of things. I want to have something like a fuse box, this will have my main breaker and then the independent safety switches. the issue is to do this I need to make sure all my power is on 1 line. so if I buy a few small inverters I will not be able to piggyback them as they tend to go bang. so what type of inverter can I get that will be able to go in parrallel to allow me to get more amps if needed? I am hoping there is one that is infinitely upgradeable just in case. TLDR what type of off-grid inverter allows parrallel connection to other inverters??

Posted by plucas1 1 year ago

Building a switch to invert current

I got a small electrical engine the other day, and I have to hook it up to two switches so that one switch starts the engine clockwise and the other counter-clockwise. My initial thought was to simply hook it up to two separate batteries each with a switch and one with the current reverted (like illustrated). But I'm wondering if there's a better way to go about this. For instance I have no idea if accidently activating both switches simultaneously will blow up the engine :s

Posted by Flark 9 years ago