What Is a Car Power Inverter, and How Does It Work?
Power inverters are a portable means of providing electrical power to devices that normally use power from an electrical outlet. These devices are used to convert direct current electrical power into alternating current electrical power. Many power inverters utilize a volt DC power source, such as an automobile battery; however, some power inverters require a volt DC power source. Powering such an inverter requires wiring two automotive batteries in series to make the inverter electrical circuit work. Loosen the battery cable terminal clamp screws.
How do I hook up the Inverter? What size cable should I use, and is it included?
Many small inverters watts and under come with a cigarette lighter adapter, and may be plugged into your vehicle's lighter socket although you will not be able to draw more than to watts from the cigarette lighter socket. The small units also come with cables that can be clamped directly to a battery. If you want an inverter that will plug into your cigarette lighter, you must choose one that is watts or less.
Find a good place to keep your inverter. Mine fits perfectly between the rear seat cushions. This location also makes me think of the flux Capacitor in Back to the Future!