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    Which regulator??

    Hey guys! So im kind of reading a bit, started to get into it.

    Now, i do see by what some guys say that it's impreative to introduce a regulator so spikes dont damage equipment.

    Now, from what i gather there are different types of regulators.

    What type of regulator woudl be placed near the battery that would be connected to a 400w inverter?

    Is it DC-DC 12v or what?What wattage should i use?

    Thanks!

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    If you are using an inverter and want to protect your PC from voltage spikes, do what you do at home -use a surge protector.

    Most of the DC-DC regulators are only rated for 150 watts or so. If your PC uses more than that, you wouldn't be able to use one.

    I could be wrong on this, but I think the inverter may help take care of some of regulation issue. Spikey voltage may go into the inverter but it's job is to convert that to consistent AC. Naturally, higher quality regulators would tend to have the sophistication to do this better.
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    My PSU is 300W, that means io cant use a regulator?What happens if the inverter i have does not have the regulator feature incorporated?what do i do in that case?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte
    If you are using an inverter and want to protect your PC from voltage spikes, do what you do at home -use a surge protector.
    Quote Originally Posted by ironic
    My PSU is 300W, that means io cant use a regulator?What happens if the inverter i have does not have the regulator feature incorporated?what do i do in that case?

    Thanks!
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    Use a surge protector?A normal domestic surge protector??LOL ok...sorry my mind just dindt pick it up, was probably thinkin on some toher electronic device that was needed.So, this surge protector would go between the pc and the inverter?

    However, if i use a shutdown controller, it will be at risk of spike if i place it bewteen the battery adn the inverter. What should i do now?put a fuse bewteen the battery and the shutdown controller?

    Thanks!

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    1.yes
    2.yes
    3.yes
    4.Anyone else on this question, The inverter should be able to handle voltage spikes. I mean it was designed for a car right?
    5.Always fuse your equipment.

    Personally....first off, the regulators are to regulate the voltage for a DC to DC PSU ( i.e. 12 volts ) Im sure the DC to AC inverter has some kinde of surge protection built in. Or at least fault protection and is probably fused somewhere inside it. So as i started to type. Peronally i dont think a surge protector is really necessary. Although extra precaution is good.

    So if anyone can give a good reason to use a surge protector between a DC to AC inverter and a PC chime in please! It's not like lightning is going to hit the power line on your car and go through the inverter and fry your pc. It will skip everything and fry your pc directly
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironic
    What happens if the inverter i have does not have the regulator feature incorporated?what do i do in that case?

    Thanks!

    I didn't realize you said that. An inverter is a regulator. It inverts from DC to AC and then REGULATES the output to 110vac or 230vac for you europeans
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