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    wiring an inverter?

    If i have an amp in my car, could i just take out the amp and use the power wire to the amp from the battery for the inverter?
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    Danny

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    I'm guessing you could but then you can't run the amp! at least I think its that way... you couldn't run the amp and the inverter from the same wire could you? (pardon me, I'm stupid).
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    You would be able to if you had the right guage wire, but I wouldn't recommend it. Yes you can use the wire that is hooked to your battery for your inverter, but if you want to keep your amp installed I suggest you get a double terminator. It just hooks up to your battery like usual, but you are able to run two wires from it (one for amp, one for inverter). You might need a 3-way if your battery only has one positive and negitive, my battery has both the top and side connectors, so the terminator for my amp and inverter is connected to the side contacts, and the usual is connected at the top.
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    Well, im gonna take the amp out all together. Should I use an inverter or a dc power supply? Im new to this.....

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    You would probbably be better off with a power supply. Inverters are the easy option but you can often get a number of problems with ground loops and hissing on your stereo, although not in every situation. The DC-DC PSU will probbably be more efficient, therefore probbably draining less current and perhaps generating less heat. It is also likely to be smaller. This is just my opinion and there may be others using inverters that disagree.
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    ah yeah.... lemmie finish this up...

    why do you want to take out the amp?


    if the gauge of the wire running from the battery to the rear of your car is big enough you can run both the inverter and amp from the one power wire, just split em when your reach the boot of the car...

    just remember to fuse the power wire just after the battery in the engine bay to avioud possible fires/etc from a shorting power wire... and take into account the amperage of the fuse with both the inverter and amp running on the same fuse... from memory a 40A fuse is running in my system for both the inverter/PC and my clarion 5ch amp...
    Project - GAME OVER :(

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