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    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.

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    Does anyone here handle an inverter in their vehicle? Any recommendations, tips, traps, procedures you might like to share?

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    Gonz
    Was looking through a USA J.C. Whitney Catalogue and on page 154 they have a swag of automotive style inverters - Maker TRIPP LITE , VECTO, PYRAMID. WAGAN - may b e someinformation you need on their sites.

    Tripplite have a Mid range High Surge power verter plus - high peak surge power (up to 200 per cent of rated output) to start and run heavy draw equipment - frequency control and output voltage regulation for sensitive equipment - ideal anywhewre industrial dutypower is required - fleet vehicles, service trucks PV2400FC features 24 volts ofinput voltage and provides up to 4,800 watts of peak surge output power - efficient clean, quiet - no noise smell or hazards associated with gas generators - wont interfere with radio or other appliances - overload protection - transistorized - stainless steelinputs and fasteners for 12V negative ground systems - marine ready.

    Links to their site and an Australian site -

    Inverter stuff
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...p?EdpNo=445605

    Selectronic inverters Australian site
    http://www.selectronic.com.au/inverter/sine.html

    Hope this helps.

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