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    Well put Aaron.

    better than my lame, havent slept in a long time, attempt.
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    I did something even simpler...

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    /----\----------*------*--------/---\-----/----\
    |BATT|          |SWITCH|        |inv|     |comp|
    \----/----------*------*--------\---/-----\----/
    As monger said, you only need a 5A switch
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    So, basically its like a thing you put between the posative wire of my inverter, then hook it up to the battery, then I can just use a toggle switch to turn it on and off?
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    Yea, just put in a switch to cut the +12 running from the battery to the inverter and computer. (don't cut the ground, that won't do anything)

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    yes you can just put a switch in line of the power going to the unverter, but it will have to be a much larger switch. 5 Amps will not be enough to handel the power going TO the inverter. There are a bunch of switches available in the Radio Shack Commercial catalog that will handel up to 30 amps, depending on the style you want. Just remember if the switch is going before the inverter, then it must be able to handel a large current. If it is after, then it only must handel about 5 amps.

    Sorry I didn't clarify better in the above post.
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    So, your saying I can use the relay on the negative side, and can use a smaller relay?
    I just talked to tech support, and they said my 600 watt inverter should be no less than 7 foot from the battery, and use 4 gauge wire (Which is awful funny, as 6 gauge barely fit into the connectors on it!)
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    Originally posted by lstrunk:
    So, your saying I can use the relay on the negative side, and can use a smaller relay?
    No. Current is the same on the negative side as it is on the positive side.

    I just talked to tech support, and they said my 600 watt inverter should be no less than 7 foot from the battery, and use 4 gauge wire (Which is awful funny, as 6 gauge barely fit into the connectors on it!)
    They are assuming you are pulling the whole 600W (and quite a bit more surge) current. Since you are using considerabley less (around 100W surge and 60W continuously) you can use thinner wire.

    Now, the length of the connections might matter. Wires too long and too thin will have a high resistance and thus a high voltage drop. Also, they will be more easily interfered with. If worse comes to worse, you can mount the inverter close to the battery and run your 120V (or 240V) wires. AC can be run a longer distance on the same size wire as it doesn't drop off as much...
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    I just went out and bought my relay. I hooked up an 8 guage power wire to one post on the relay that says from battery. Then an 8 guage wire that is grouded. There are 2 other posts that I am not sure what hook up to them. One says "to inverter". The other one says "on/off switch. I am guessing that an 8 guage goes to the "to inverter post" and the remote hooks up to the "on/off switch. Is that right? Thanks

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    Hey guys, thanks for all your help.
    This weekend I put 6 gauge wire back to my trunk, then cracked open the inverter, bypassed the on/off switch, and put that on a toggle switch on my dash.

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    I'm putting it on e-bay, but will let it go now for 60$, I paid 80$
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    Originally posted by Monger:
    As for the inverter running down your battery if you leave it running, This is simply not the case. An inverter will only draw as much power as it needs. There is a little bit of power used internally by the inverter, but it is not enough to worry about in my experience.
    So if i have my computer and inverter in the trunk, i can ust leave the inverter in the on position all the time and just turn the computer off and on ? with out it draining my battery ?

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