Ladies and Gents, I have a work-related challenge before me. I'm pushing to achieve an OP EVAL of a new configuration of Surveillance gear. Currently the operators pitch a tent and run the gear from a generator with the sensor mast hoisted by hand in the ground stabilised by guyropes.
I want to relocate the system and its sensor mast to a Landrover 110-type vehicle as well as eliminate the generator. The system consumes .41 Amps measured in my lab using an AC clamp meter. This (theoretically) translates to 98W, requiring 8.2A from a 12V battery system or 4.1A from a 12V system. I haven't yet had a close look at the Army or Air Force Landrovers so I'm not sure what their configuration is.
I'd need to include a couple of laptops and some microwave communication gear in the same configuration and I note that 400W inverters are pretty common, so it shouldn't be a problem. I'll be opting for a Pure Sine Wave type for the sake of the system's required sensitivity.
Does anyone here handle an inverter in their vehicle? Any recommendations, tips, traps, procedures you might like to share?