Let me take a minute and introduce you to the Xantrex XPower Digital Micro 12v inverter.  Most people who have small power inverters have purchased them at a store like Walmart or Napa Auto parts.

These small car power inverter units are cheap in both cost and construction.  I’ve owned a few of them in the past and they simply don’t hold up to continuous or long term use.  You are much better off spending a little more money to buy something like the Xantrex XPower Digital Micro.

The XPower line is Xantrex’s smallest line of 12v inverter.  There is 400 watt or 800 watt models to choose from.  They output 120 Volt AC power at 60 Hertz which means they are for use in the US or other countries that use 60 Hertz power.  In Europe the power is supplied at 50 Hertz.

One of the things that I really like about buying Xantrex inverters is that they are one of the most trusted and respected brand names when it comes to this kind of technology. They have a great customer service department and a knowledgeable technical support department.

On one occasion when I needed help with my inverter, the technical support representative at Xantrex walked me though some complex troubleshooting procedures and I was able to find out that the problem was with the way I installed the unit.

400 watt 12v inverter specifications:
Costs around $64.00

320 watts continuous and 700 watts for brief surges

2 AC outlets

Small size

Digital LED meter that show the amount of power being used, the amount of voltage in the battery, and fault codes

Overload and over temperature automatic shutdown

Protection for over voltage

Low voltage automatic alarm

Low voltage automatic shutdown

90% efficiency

No load draw of

DC input voltage 10.5 – 15.5 Volts DC

Dimensions – 3.64″ x 6.68″ x 9.25″

Weight – 2.2 pounds

6 month warranty

800 watt 12v inverter specifications:

Costs around $100

640 watts continuous and 1200 watts for brief surges

2 AC outlets

Small size

Digital LED meter that show the amount of power being used, the amount of voltage in the battery, and fault codes

Overload and over temperature automatic shutdown

Protection for over voltage

Low voltage automatic alarm

Low voltage automatic shutdown

90% efficiency

No load draw of 40 amps

DC input voltage 10.5 – 15.5 Volts DC

Dimensions – 3.64″ x 6.68″ x 9.25″

Weight – 2.2 pounds

6 month warranty

This power inverter is supplied with a cord to plug the inverter into a cigarette outlet.  This makes them very portable and handy.  You can easily move them from one vehicle to another if you so choose. If you you are in the market for a small power 12 v inverter you should consider the Xantrex XPower Digital Micro 12v inverter.


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