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    Inverter mistake?

    Hi everyone, I fear I've made a little mistake. I purchased a 375w power inverter that plugs into a cigarette lighter. I didn't notice until now (after I bought the inverter of course ) that the cigarette lighter cap lists 12v/120w max! Does this mean I'm screwed?

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    375W is its maximum possible constant output, your probably not using that much, but your best bet is to wire it up to the battery, cigarette lighter sockets arent designed for much current load.

    If its worked without heat/voltage drop problems so far then you might get away with it, but if u plan on using it long term then hard wire it in.
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    That's probably because they don't want you pulling major watts out of the cigarette lighter, as the wire supplying power to the lighter is not a large enough gauge. With that size inverter, I would wire it directly to the battery with a fuse.

    Do some searches, there are plenty of threads about the guage wire and methods for fusing and grounding.
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    doh, that's what I thought... I guess I'll just cut off the cigarette adapter and run the inverter to the battery, thanx for the help

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