Monday, March 8, 2010

Day 140 - Inverter | Bus Conversion

Today I started by installing a piece of plywood on the back wall of the inverter compartment (Under the Front Dinette Seat). This gives me a divider and a wall that I can install things on.

Next I made a base for the inverter to sit on. This will insure good airflow all around the inverter.

We found the Magnum ME Series 2012 Inverter / Charger for $450.00. We bought it from a guy some months ago that had purchased it and never used it. It included the remote and battery temp cable.

Here are it's specs:

Reliable Mobile Power from Magnum Energy
The ME Series Inverter/Charger from Magnum Energy is a new generation inverter designed specifically for rugged mobile applications. The ME Series is powerful, easy-to-use, and best of all, cost effective.

Safe and Reliable: The ME Series is ETL Listed to the stringent requirements of UL/cUL 458 and CSA C22.2 #107/.1-01, ensuring that the inverter is safe and reliable.

Easy-to-install: Install the ME Series in four easy steps: Simply connect the inverter's output to your distribution circuits or electrical panel, connect your power cable (AC) to the inverter's easy-to-reach terminal block, connect the batteries, and switch on the power.

Power Factor Corrected (PFC) Charger:Our PFC charger is built into all of our inverter chargers. It uses less energy from a generator than a standard charger - using only 15 amps per 100 amps versus 23 amps used by standard chargers.

Choices: The ME Series comes in three power models, allowing you to choose the model that is right for you.

Versatile Mounting Mount the ME Series on a shelf, bulkhead, or even upside down.

Lightweight: The lightweight aluminum base and cover also provides noise reduction and corrosion resistance.

Multiple ports: The ME Series provides multiple ports, including an RS485 communication port for network expansion, and a remote port.

Accessible design: The extra large AC access cover with terminal screw block and 360 degree DC connection terminals with covers make this inverter more accessible when it needs to be.

Convenient switches: The ME Series comes with an on/off inverter-mounted switch with an easy-to-read LED indicator.

Expanded transfer relay: 60 Amp transfer service is available on all models.

Buy with ease: The ME Series is backed by a three-year 36 month limited warranty.

Accessories and Options:

  • Remote Control: For convenient finger-tip operation, including the new one-knobTM programming.
  • AGS module: Automatically starts and stops your generator based on temperature or battery voltage.
Inverter Specifications
Input battery voltage: 9 to 16 VDC
Nominal AC output voltage: 120 VAC
Output frequency and accuracy: 60 Hz +- 0.005%
1 msec surge current: 60 amps AC
100 msec surge current: 37 amps AC
5 sec surge power: 3700 real watts
30 sec surge power: 3450 real watts
5 min surge power: 3100 real watts
30 min surge power: 2400 real watts
Continuous power output at 45C: 2000 VA
Rated input battery current: 191.0 ADC
Inverter efficiency: 95%
Transfer time: 16 msecs
Search Module (with remote): 0.2 ADC
No Load (120 VAC output with remote): 0.87 ADC
Waveform: Modified Sine Wave

Charger Specifications
Continuous output at 45C: 100 ADC
Charger efficiency: 85%
Power Factor: >0.95
Input current at rated output: 15 AC amps

General Features and Capabilities
Transfer relay capability: 2 legs at 30a for 120 V/30 A or 240 V/60 A service
Five stage charging capability: Bulk, Absorb, Float, Equalize, and Battery SaverTM
Battery temperature compensation: with available temp sensor (battery temp 0 to 50C)
Remote inverter on/off witch: With available pigtail to connect to dry contact
Internal cooling: 0 to 120 cfm variable speed drive using dual 92 mm brushless DC fans
Over-current protection: Yes, with two overlapping circuits
Over-temperature protection: Yes on transformer, MOSFETS, and battery
Conformal coating on PCB's for corrosion protection: yes
Powder coated chassis and top for corrosion protection: yes
Stainless steel fasteners for corrosion protection: yes
Dual AC branch rated output breakers: Optional on the ME2012 - AC breakers in 15 or 20 amps rating
Series Stacking interface 120/240 V: Yes
Listings: ETL listed to UL/cUL 458, CSA C22.2 #107.1-01
Warranty: Three (3) years

Environmental Specifications
Operating temperature: -20C to 60C (-4F to 140F)
Non-operation temperature: -40C to 70C (-40F to 158F)
Operating humidity: 0 to 95% RH non condensing

Physical Specifications
Mounting: Shelf (top or bottom up) or bulkhead (vents up)
Max operating altitude: 15,000' / 4570m

Dimension (HWD): 13.75" x 12.65" x 8.0" / 349 x 321 x 203 mm
Weight: 38 lb (17 kg)

I went ahead and set the Inverter in place just to give it a good test:

Here is the remote panel powered up.

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