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    Question Looking for Trouble? Inverter Question

    Hi again,

    I just picked up a Tripp Lite 300w inverter. I thought I was doing the right thing by picking up the bigger one, but realized when I turned it on that it has a very noisy internal fan. My question is whether I'm taking a significant risk by disabling the fan. The inverter will be connected only to my mp3 player with 30g harddrive and sound card. Probably will not have floppy or CD Rom.

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    Kevin


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    How far away from yourself do you have the inverter?? Im thiking of getting the same one... If I were to put it in my trunk (hatchback) would i still be able to hear it?

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    I was putting it under the driver's side seat. I believe it would not be too much of a problem in the back. I did take out the fan, however. I then plugged in my computer and ran it for about half an hour. The inverter never got above room temperature. I'm thinking it might be okay without the fan, although I'm anxious to hear what others in the group think. By the way, I got the inverter from ibuyline.com. It was $51.95 delivered and here the very next day.


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    Actually, you may want to go to the following for current pricing of the Tripp Lite 300W inverter. http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_g...masterid=36026

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    Im thinking about getting that inverter, do you get much engine noise and other unwanted sound from it ?

    Thanks

    Josh

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    No idea. I'm Still building my system so haven't played any music with it yet.

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    You might try looking at surplus vendors like www.mpja.com or www.allelectronics.com for a quieter fan. Many of the fans they sell have a noise rating in the description. So if heat becomes a problem you may be able to replace the original fan with a much quieter one.

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    Kevin-

    I too have a TrippLite 300 inverter. I paid like 40 bucks for it from Damark online. The thing is great, except for the fan. That damn thing was noisy... so I dis-assembled the inverter and unplugged the stock fan and connected it to a 12V Radio Shack converter, even out of the TrippLite inverter shell that thing was loud... so I rummaged around through my crap box, and found an old socket 7 type fan, that looked about the right size. The CPU fan moves about the same amount of air as the TrippLite fan, and is almost silent. I soldered the CPU fan to the TrippLite fans plug, screwed the fan to the OUTSIDE of the TrippLite inverter case using the screws that came with the CPU FAN / HEATSINK... Works like a charm. I mounted mine in the glovebox and can only hear it if I strain... this is with the truck OFF and no stereo or accessories running. If I were you, I would try to come up with some sort of cooling fan, it's probably there for a reason. Because it's working now, doesn't mean it will when the inside of your car / truck heats up on a summer day. If you want a picture of the modified TrippLite, let me know and I'll snap a photo of it and send it to ya.

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