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    Default inverter cost and where to buy

    hi
    i have a budget of $1600us

    i require an invertor. to run a refridgerator,tv, 5 lights, 3 fans and computer

    can you recommend a brand including the batteries in todays prices please and an actual address/where to buy (if you can)

    i have checked this site's search area but im looking for up to date prices with it's respective KW's

    Anywhere in the pop/sosua area would be great

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    Good Afternooon, I would suggest that you separate your refrigerator from the other lines because it uses a ton of energy as does a microwave, hair dryer, toaster oven, and water heater. An old trick for Caribbean veterans is to take a couple of one gallon water bottles fill them up to maybe 80% and put them in the freezer. Cold goes down so your fridge will function like an old fashioned "ice box" for outages up to about 24 hours or more if you are judicious in keeping the door closed as much as possible. This will save you a lot in the size of the inverter and the number of batteries needed. ps insulate your water heater and you will not have to turn it on for more than 30 minutes a day for 3-4 hot showers.

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    Trojan batteries run about 5000 each. You are probably looking for a 2.5 inverter. It is the amount of constant energy you need divided by the # of batteries you have on system that determine how long your system will provide energy for.

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    Where are you located, north coast, santiago etc?

    Try La Sirena I know my neighbor just bought a nice inversor with 4 batteries installed for about $1000 USD, I will try to find the brand name of the inversor and batteries he purchased.

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    Xantrex is the best by far. It used to be called Trace, maybe still is. I had a 1.5 model for 7 years and it never missed a beat. I bought it at La Sirena on Colon in Santiago. There is a Trace or Xantrex store on Colon also, but the price for the same model was less at La Sirena.

    The thing with this Invertor is you do not even need a UPS for your computer. It goes on so fast you don't even know the power is out. Also a lot of the cheaper ones make a lot of noise when running, this does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niceguy View Post
    hi
    i have a budget of $1600us

    i require an invertor. to run a refridgerator,tv, 5 lights, 3 fans and computer

    can you recommend a brand including the batteries in todays prices please and an actual address/where to buy (if you can)

    i have checked this site's search area but im looking for up to date prices with it's respective KW's

    Anywhere in the pop/sosua area would be great
    That budget is high, you could get a 3.6KW inverter with 4 Batteries for $33,000 installation and all.
    Look through here Hogar, Inversores y Baterias - lapulga.com.do

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    I have a 3.6 and 8 trojan blacks that I bought for a lot cheaper than $1600. When the power is off I can run three televisions, 3 fans, the fridge, microwave, 10 + lights and hot water heater intermittently for about 5-6 hours without a problem. I generally won't cut the water pump on as it draws a lot but have done it.

    It would also depend on the quality or power and how often it is sent where you will live. We have "triple" and I have 220 coming in and reduced to 110 so I never have problems with low voltage or amperage. Plus we rarely have the power off for more than 6 hours and more than likely it might be off an average an hour everyday but honestly I never notice so I'm not sure.

    The guy I dealt with is a local honest engineer with good products at more than a reasonable price:

    Ing Halmendarys Inversores Av Circunvalación 5, Santiago
    (809) 471-4100 [email protected]

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    someone recommended i go to freddy's in sosua

    i will do that;

    can anyone recommend a range of brands that you found to be reliable. i have heard the horror stories of buying rubbish.

    I know some have recommended trace.... but are there any other brands?????

    thanks so much for your help

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKY View Post
    Xantrex is the best by far. It used to be called Trace, maybe still is. I had a 1.5 model for 7 years and it never missed a beat. I bought it at La Sirena on Colon in Santiago. There is a Trace or Xantrex store on Colon also, but the price for the same model was less at La Sirena.

    The thing with this Invertor is you do not even need a UPS for your computer. It goes on so fast you don't even know the power is out. Also a lot of the cheaper ones make a lot of noise when running, this does not.
    An invertor does not switch fast enough for computers, modems and routers. While once in a while, possibly, but the average switchover for even an expensive inverter is 20-30ms at the fastest; some are even slower. A UPS has a switchover at under 10ms. That is a HUGE difference. 20-30ms may be OK for a light bulb or electric motor (fridge), but on most computers it will depower them (laptops on a plugged-in battery/charger is an obvious exception.)

    But the REAL reason (beyond the depowering hassle) of sensitive digital equipment being plugged into a UPS-not an inverter-is because the difference between a 10ms switchover and a 25ms switchover is like an electrical hammer blasting through the power supply of the device. They are just not designed for that, generally, and can have potential damaging effects.

    Unless one wants to assume a high risk level, all computers, routers and modems should have a sub 10ms switchover UPS between it and the power supply, even if a quality inverter is present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niceguy View Post
    hi
    i have a budget of $1600us

    i require an invertor. to run a refridgerator,tv, 5 lights, 3 fans and computer

    can you recommend a brand including the batteries in todays prices please and an actual address/where to buy (if you can)

    i have checked this site's search area but im looking for up to date prices with it's respective KW's

    Anywhere in the pop/sosua area would be great
    $1600 will buy you a high quality 3.5kw inverter, 4 batteries and installation that will power all you have for 6-8 hours.

    Check my thread about Dominican made inverters.

    Be wise with your $$$. Throwing 30-50% more at a "name brand" will not buy you better real world quality.

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