inverter advice

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  1. seanoo

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    hi all , i have a 600w sterling pure sine wave inverter and due to the launderettes here in spain crumpling our clothes up my other half wants to get a small travel iron. i can find a 800w one , will my inverter run it ? i am thinking it might just heat it up and then it wouldnt be drawing the full 800w or am i wrong? failing that does anyone know where i can get a lower wattage travel iron (in uk not spain) , cheers sean
     
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    An 800W iron will use 800W. The heat it produces is varied by turning the electric on anrd off automatically through its thermostat. I wouldn't have thought your 600W inverter capable of carrying 800W, not long enough to heat your iron in any case.
     
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    Sterling inverters are rated for 'continuous power deliver' whereas some cheaper types are rated at 'peak power delivery'. This means that a Sterling inverter can usually deliver up to twice its rated output - BUT only in short bursts - NOT continuously. So pulling an extra 200 watts for, say 15 minutes, would not be a great idea. At least Sterling inverters have overload and overheat cutouts so, if you try it, the unit should switch off to protect itself. :Eeek:
     
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    as Ed says.....it wont power an appliance with a higher wattage than the inverter can produce.

    A 600w inverter will probably have a 1200watt 'surge' voltage but that will only be for a very short time, maybe a couple of seconds, then revert to 600watts max output.

    For occasional short period use something like THIS will suffice.
    As the iron is producing heat only it neednt be a pure sinewave inverter.

    Bear in mind an 800watt iron running off a 1000watt inverter will draw around 66 amps per hour from your battery so one 110ah battery will last less than one hour when ironing.
     
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    Inverters are not ideal for heating as the battery will not cope with the load. And this if you have a large enough inverter which yours is not.
     
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    heat (clothes iron) or motion (motor) makes no difference as far as battery drain is concerned.......800watts is 800watts regardless of the appliànce.
     
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    Best solution is only take clothes that don't need ironing. Prior to my second marriage I didn't iron anything for seven years, just dry shirts/trousers on a hanger and they're fine.
    SWMBO likes ironing things, but when we're away she has to wait till we have ehu, as though our inverter will run an iron, its a heck of a drain on the batteries for no real purpose.
     
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    or buy a solid iron you heat on the gas ring.. they used to be very popular, my mum had one..


    or .. buy a butane heated one.. https://www.lehmans.com/p-1106-butane-clothes-iron.aspx

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