Improper use of a power inverter can turn your good day into a bad one pretty quickly. It only takes 110 volts of electricity to be lethal, and the majority of the devices an inverter powers use at least that. So, to make sure you’re prepared to make good use of your inverter, we’ve come up with this list of tips to make sure nothing bad happens to you or your family.
- When the inverter is in use, you need to make sure that it is placed on a secure and flat surface area. Depending on the model, it can be placed lying down or standing straight up, just as long as it’s flat and secure.
- Never install the power inverter directly in the engine compartment of your vehicle. Doing so runs the risk of water, oil or acid contamination. Excessive head under the hood and the dangers of gasoline fumes igniting due to a spark produced by an inverter could pose other potential disasters. You want to make sure that the cables you’re running to the inverter are dry and cool to prevent anything other unwanted hazards.
- Speaking of dry cables, make sure you do not operate an inverter under wet conditions. If the inverter comes into contact with you, a wet surface, or anything else, it could potentially cause serious injury or harm from electrical shock. Remember, water is an excellent conductor for electricity. Operate only in dry conditions.
- Ideal operating temperatures for your inverter is between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You don’t want to place your inverter in a position where it could potentially overheat, so keep it away from other heat sources such as heating vents and radiators. They’re also best kept in the shade and away from direct sunlight.
- Inverters need to be able to displace heat free of obstruction to keep from overheating, or worse. Keep the inverter in a spot where it isn’t cluttered. the top and the sides of the inverter should be clear of any objects, and it should be properly ventilated.
- In conjunction with the previous two tips, do not use an inverter near flammable objects, especially any type of fumes.
- Make sure that any wires and cables you are using are insulated. This might seem like common sense, but cheapening out on a wire could have potentially deadly outcomes if anyone or anything were to pass by and touch one of these wires.
- If you have children, make sure they are aware of the dangers the inverter could cause if tampered with. If you have pets, make sure they are kept away from the inverter.
So, to wrap up, make sure that you keep the inverter in cool places, keep it dry, and make sure it sits secure. The key is to remember that as great a tool an inverter is, it has plenty of potential to be deadly or cause serious injury. Treat it with respect and make sure you keep it well ventilated and cooled. If you stick to these safety tips, you’ll be good to go.