Victron Energy 12V 500VA (400W) Phoenix Inverter 230V 50HZ VE.Direct
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Proven reliability - The full bridge plus toroidal transformer topology has proven its reliability over many years. The inverters are short circuit proof and protected against overheating, whether due to overload or high ambient temperature.
High start-up power - Needed to start loads such as power converters for LED lamps, halogen lamps or electric tools.
ECO mode - When in ECO mode, the inverter will switch to standby when the load decreases below a preset value (min load: 15W). Once in standby the inverter will switch on for a short period (adjustable, default: every 2,5 seconds). If the load exceeds a preset level, the inverter will remain on.
Remote on/off - A remote on/off switch can be connected to a two-pole connector, or between battery plus and the left-hand contact of the two-pole connector.
LED fault diagnosis - Please see manual for a description.
To transfer the load to another AC source - For Victrons low power inverters, we recommend Victrons Filax Automatic Transfer Switch. The Filax features a very short switchover time (less than 20 milliseconds) so that computers and other electronic equipment will continue to operate without disruption.
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Model - Victron Energy Pheonix Inverter 12V 500VA
Cont. power at 25°C (Nonlinear load, crest factor 3:1) - 500VA
Cont. power at 25°C / 40°C - 400W / 350W
Peak power - 900W
Output AC voltage / frequency (adjustable) - 230VAC +/- 3% 50Hz +/- 0,1%
Input voltage range - 9.2V - 17V
DC low shut down (adjustable) - 9.3V
DC low restart and alarm (adjustable) - 10.9V
Battery charged detect (adjustable) - 14V
Max. efficiency - 90%
Zero-load power - 6W
Operating temperature range - -40°C to +65°C
Humidity (non-condensing) - Max 95%
Maximum cable cross-section - 10mm2
Dimensions (h x w x d, mm) - 86 X 172 X 275
Weight - 3.9KG
WHAT DOES AN INVERTER ACTUALLY DO?
Simply put, an inverter converts DC or Direct Current to AC or Alternating Current. This means that with an inverter installed you'll be able to run mains appliances in your vehicle.
HOW LONG WILL IT RUN FOR?
The operating time of the inverter is determined by the size and type of battery you use, but more specifically it is determined by how much power you draw. Follow the below steps to roughly calculate the battery capacity you may use (this is the same for any 12V inverters, not just ours) -
Establish how many watts each piece of equipment consumes. This usually can be found on the power information label. If only current draw is given, you can estimate the watt consumption by multiplying current draw by 230.
Estimate the time in hours you will be running each appliance between charging your battery.
Calculate the total watt hours of energy consumption (power x operating time).
Divide the watt hours by 12 to determine how many Ah will be used.
For example (assuming a two day period without any form of battery charging) - A hairdryer consumes 1000W and a laptop charger consumes 100W. The hairdryer is used for 15 minutes a day and the laptop charger for 3 hours a day. The hairdryers consumption over the two day period would be 500Wh (1000W X 0.5). The laptop chargers consumption would be 600Wh (100W X 6). Total consumption over the two days would be 1100Wh. This would use 92Ah of battery power (1100Wh/12).
CONNECTION TO YOUR LEISURE BATTERY
For the best load starting performance, the DC cables should be short and as large as possible and should match/exceed the inverters current. A solid, low resistance connection to the DC power source is important for the proper operation of the inverter. Using a smaller cable may cause it to shut down under a heavy load.