There are a few important things to keep in mind when planning your 12v power inverter installation. If you take the time to carefully plan the installation, you’re likely to be much happier in the long run. A car power inverter is likely to perform better and longer if you do the installation correctly.

The first think you need to consider when planning a 12v inverter installation is location. The location of the inverter is very important. You should make sure that you install the inverter in a location where it isn’t going to get stepped on. You also want to make sure that the location that you choose for the 12v inverter isn’t one in which people are likely to stack things on top of it. Putting things on top of the inverter can block the cooling vents and cause the inverter to overheat. That brings up another point. Ventilation. Make sure that you don’t install the inverter in a location that’s not well ventilated or in an area that gets really hot like under the hood of your car or in direct sunlight

You also don’t want the inverter to be installed near water. If you’re installing a 12v power inverter in a motor home, you wouldn’t want to install it under the sink for example. If there was a plumbing leak, the inverter would probably get wet and that could damage the electronic circuits in the inverter.

When you finally settle on a good location for the inverter, drill some holes and bolt the inverter down securely. Almost all power inverters will have pre-drilled tabs for bolting the unit down. Don’t skip this step. Excessive vibration can damage the inverter and bolting it down will keep vibrations to a minimum.

The next thing to keep in mind when installing any 12 volt inverter is to use adequate wire. Some inverters come supplied with wires but it’s usually not very heavy gauge. It’s a good idea to buy heavily insulated 8 gauge wire. The longer the distance between the battery and the inverter, the heavier the wire gauge needs to be.

It’s a good idea to solder the terminals on the wires. This makes for a much stronger connection that isn’t likely to come loose from vibration. Be sure and secure the wire out of the way. Usually you can hide the wiring under the carpet.

It’s also a good idea to install an inline fuse between the positive terminal of the battery and the positive terminal of the 12v power inverter. This way if there’s an electrical problem, the fuse will blow instead of the inverter.

If you have any questions about installing 12v power inverters leave a comment or send me an email at lawrencelahombre@yahoo.com.