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Old 06-04-2012, 08:21 PM   #1
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Anyone know about pure sine wave converters?

I happened to get a $400 brand new pure sine wave converter for next to nothing. I believe it just converts dc to accurate ac, but I don't really know whether it's something I should utilize since we don't use the tv or much else on dc anyway.

They are listed here for reference. I think I have this one:
SA-600R-112 - High efficiency microprocessor controlled inverter designed to accommodate appliances in vehicles, RVs, boats, solar systems and more. Provides clean, stable power for computers, radio equipment, home theater, stereo, marine equipment and other sensitive applications. Remote switch capability.

Pure Sine Wave Power Inverters - DonRowe.com
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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I think you mean INverter as opposed to CONverter... That being said, that sounds like a good one if you want an inverter... "pure sine" (a good thing) just means that it produces a "clean" wave type of AC current that is required for electronic equipment...
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Is there any reason to install it though if We don't plan on any camping without ac hookups?

We definitely have plenty of sensitive electronics along, but it sounds like the "inverter" is only beneficial on battery power right?
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That's correct. As long as you have AC power (via shore power or an inverter-class generator) there's really no use for a stand-alone inverter.
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Is there any reason to install it though if We don't plan on any camping without ac hookups?

We definitely have plenty of sensitive electronics along, but it sounds like the "inverter" is only beneficial on battery power right?
That's correct, it uses your battery (DC) power and magically turns it into AC so you can use your microwave etc if you want. I don't really like to use an inverter so as not to drain the batteries. If memory serves the advantage to using a pure sine wave inverter besides having a prettier picture on an oscilloscope is perhaps for better performance for sensitive electronic devises.
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