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    Question Recommened Parts for Remote On/OF Switch for an Inverter

    I want to attatch a remote (wired) On/Off switch to my inverter. I would prefer for it to run about 12 feet long (from the trunk to my dash). I will solder the wire to the leads on the already pre-installed On/Off switch on my inverter. So what I would like to know is, what gauge wire should I use to connect to the remote switch? Im assuming, the thinner the better. Would a 22 or 24 Gauge wire be alright? Also, what kind of switch should I use? Would a Normaly-Open Momentary Switch rated at 3 Amps be good for this?

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    Hi PapaPrem.

    A problem with your idea is that the switch in question is an AC switch. That means that it carries 120V. This is good and bad. Good because it doesnt carry much current (4 to 5 amps or so) and therefore doesnt require wires with thick copper, but it carries a high voltage so you need thick insulation. You need to use wires and and switches designed for these voltages, and you need to ensure that nothing and no one will come into contact with bare wires of any sort.

    What I recommend you do if you have the proper expertise is to use a 12 volt dc switch in your trunk to operate a relay that simulates your AC switch on your inverter.

    Hope that helped.

    Good luck.

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    But the inverter already has a built-in On/Off switch. I just wanted to extend it, by keeping the inverter's switch where it is, but using an additional switch to replicate that function. I know that some members have done this. Im just wondering what wire and switch I should use.

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    dude just run a 12v switch on the power wire u have connected to ur power source, all u need to do is splice into your red (+) power wire and place the switch wherever u want just be sure to leave the switch on the inverter on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaPrem
    I want to attatch a remote (wired) On/Off switch to my inverter. I would prefer for it to run about 12 feet long (from the trunk to my dash). I will solder the wire to the leads on the already pre-installed On/Off switch on my inverter. So what I would like to know is, what gauge wire should I use to connect to the remote switch? Im assuming, the thinner the better. Would a 22 or 24 Gauge wire be alright? Also, what kind of switch should I use? Would a Normaly-Open Momentary Switch rated at 3 Amps be good for this?
    24 gauge is fine. Normally open is correct, 3 amps is more than enough. I believe others didn't quite understand what you wanted to do: Add a switch in parallel to the inverter's on/off switch. This is easily do-able. The on/off switch in inverters is a signal line switch and carries very little current.

    Zshopa's idea will work too, but that means running high current wire everywhere, or using a relay. What you are trying to do is actually easier if you can solder.

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