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Thread: How do I connect my DC-AC Inverter to AC line and car battery?

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    Post How do I connect my DC-AC Inverter to AC line and car battery?

    Hello all,

    This weekend I'm wanting to run the necessary wires for keyboard, mouse, and other controls to dash and under seats. I'm also wanting to run the power wires as well. I am wanting to know how to connect the DC-AC inverter to my cars AC Line and to my cars battery. A detailed write up would be greatly appreciated as well as the tools required. My carPC will go into my 1994 Nissan Maxima GXE.

    Please help me out you all,

    BucWheat.

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    That was please help me out you all. I know YOU(the reader) wired your inverter the way I'm wanting to wire mine.

    Thanks,

    BucWheat

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    Okie. What i did is buy a 12volt jack from pep boys and install it in the trunk. then i ran some 10 guage wire strait from the battery to the center of the jack and grounded the ring to the common ground in the trunk (to prevent groud loops). This made everything look really clean and now i have a handy 12v jack in the trunk. then just plug the inverter in to that. simple. if you are asking how to run power cable to the trunk, just be creative. dont run power and audio cables together. Put them on opposite sides of the car so keep the sound clean. other than that just make sure you cant see the wire and you're set.

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    Originally posted by mp3integra90:
    <STRONG>Okie. What i did is buy a 12volt jack from pep boys and install it in the trunk...</STRONG>
    Thanks man. I would like to know how that jack works? Is it a cigarette lighter jack with an extremely long cord?
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    My setup is slightly different. I have a Tripp-Lite inverter which has a built in fan. The fan is quite noisy, so I mounted the inverter in the engine bay by shoving it under some A/C hoses. I chopped the cigarette lighter off the cable and connected the ends directly to the battery. Ran lines for the power switch to the dash (got a factory switch that matches the car!). Ran a common 120V power extension cable along the side of the car (opposite the audio cable) to the computer's power supply.
    I do experience a slight amount of noise because of the ground loop thing (even with a ground-loop isolator). It's barely noticeable with the car in park on a quiet song.
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    ewwwww mouse, keyboard.... i just hope the mouse/keyboard is for GPS only?
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    EUREKA!!!!! I see the light.... thanks to cenwesi not telling me what to do but pointing me to this website

    awesome site

    it only took 1 min for him to lead and guide me. I feel so good now because I did not have my hand held learning. Now with my new found knowledge of relays I'm going to put a relay on any and everything I can muhahahahaha... j/k.

    Thanks again cenwesi...
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