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Power inverter instructions?

Looking to do either a power inverter or compressor and air tank. Tips, tricks, suggestions appreciated.
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my first tip is you need an air compressor for air
and an inverter for electronics
LOL J/K

you should decide what you are going to do and what size then do a search for someone who has done the similar install

there are tons of variables and you didn't give us any specifics on the truck
or device you had in mind

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Haha well guess I deserved that. I do a lot of mechanic work for friends/family/co-workers and a lot of the stuff is out in a field where there's no power and I just need a power source. I'm leaning more towards an inverter I think it would be more useful to me. Plus cheaper I believe and easier installation.
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i do a lot of remote work ( general contractor ) I have a small inverter for grinders and battery recharging (cordless tools) but I also use a Honda 2000 for my skilsaw, welder etc

you can get big ole inverters but you might want to add a battery and a big alternator

and then u usually run the truck the whole time so thats why I like the honda

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Yeah I did the high idle mod just for that. I'll mainly be running grinders, reciprocating saws just stuff like that but corded at the moment wife has me on a budget seeing as how a good portion of 9 month deployment savings have went towards this truck bin the past week alone.
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you can get a decent inverter for what your after

I would find the one you want then go from there the physical size and controls will dictate where you can mount it mine is i the bed so i can access the switch and outlet with the tailgate down I also have a roll n lock to keep it all dry
my third battery is in my toolbox (AGM bat) it runs the inverter but auto connects when I start the truck so it can charge

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About what size inverter would you recommend for what I'm looking for? Sorry new to this whole electronic stuff.. I appreciate all the help
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don't be sorry I don't even know what I would recommend

the one I have is a small husky unit i would have to look at the wattage just checked 400 watt
it does drills and grinders fine I have a big sawzall it will run that also but it could be better

but not a skilsaw

the one I run on my boat is the same one available to semi trucks it's 1500 watt

you would probably be good with a simple clamp to battery style if u wanted simple



but it needed monster welding cable for leads I didn't want to deal with that for the truck

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Maybe if I can go in between them to around 800-900ish I think I'll be fine
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How did you run your third battery?
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