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    Looking for an affordable power inverter

    Hey guys, just wanted to get a recommendation for a power inverter for my truck. I'd like to be able to charge batteries and the like with it, but I don't wanna spend a fortune.

    Any decent brand to be on the look out for, and where is a good place to buy?

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    You need a true sine wave inverter, and they are not cheap.
    The low cost inverters won't play well with chargers for lithium batteries.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    I've had mixed results.

    Craftsman chargers will destroy an inverter in a matter of seconds and may damage the charger.

    My Milwaukee charger does just fine, as does my laptop charger and DeWalt charger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    I've had mixed results.

    Craftsman chargers will destroy an inverter in a matter of seconds and may damage the charger.

    My Milwaukee charger does just fine, as does my laptop charger and DeWalt charger.
    I mostly have Milwaukee batteries, so that is good news. What brand/model do you use JP?

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    I think I bought it at Home Depot.

    I don't really recall.

    It is a 400w model. I've had it for quite a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    I think I bought it at Home Depot.

    I don't really recall.

    It is a 400w model. I've had it for quite a while.
    Thanks that gives me a direction to look.

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