NPower Portable Digital Inverter - 3000 Watts
I needed an inverter strong enough to power a 1 Hp air compressor. That is s herder task than I thought. After trying an aims 5000 watt and failing I wad about to give up.I bought this one to power 4 battery chargers for my impact tools and an a/c vacumn pump. I figured what the heck and truer the compressor. It runs it just fine. I am very impressed. Aims wouldn't to it with a higher rating. Peak(pep boys) 3500 watt wouldn't do it either. Overall this inverter seems a little fragile and it downy have any external fuses so if it ever quits your screwed. All that said it'd s very good product for the money. Make sure you are prepared to buy a couple deep cycle batteries to get the full potential out of this inverter. And use heavy gauge wire as well. Hope this review helps.
April 5, 2014
Very Good Results
I originally bought this inverter to power a pellet stove during power outages. Pellet stoves have voracious power appetites (wish somebody had told me that), and will start smoking if there is not a fan drawing a draft. So I have several deep cycle marine batteries in my basement hooked up to this inverter and as soon as the power goes out I switch over to the inverter and start powering down my pellet stove and switch over to my fuel oil furnace which is an electrical miser compared to the pellet stove... so for about 1/2 hour this inverter is powering both the pellet stove and the furnace, which I am happy to say, it handles very well.
The only slight complaint I have is that I can tell a difference in the sound of the motors because this is not true sine wave. However, sound aside, this does the job.
I have also used this inverter to power a compound miter saw (15 amps) and a circular saw (12 amps) which is does very well off a single deep cycle marine battery which I keep topped off with a solar panel. Compared to a Xantrex 1500 watt, which barely could keep up, this inverter just works the way I would expect it to.
March 19, 2014
Great alternative for AC Power. We put these in pickups for crews to have on the road for running power equipment. Good to run grinders, drills, saws, etc. and don't have to worry about loading generator when power is needed on the road.
April 23, 2013
Horrible, horrible, horrible
I bought this inverter from a friend of mine who bought it for his other truck in Northern store but did not use it. The fan ran all the time even when it practically did not draw any power. I had small refrigerator in my truck that drew very little power and only when compressor was running. The running fan created uncomfortable humm and I had to turn it off when the truck was turned off so it would not drain the batteries and I can have some good night sleep. It caused the refrigerator to warm up and I had to start it again when I was driving down the road. Then it finally quit - it sounded high pitch noise and the cooling fan stopped running for good.
My friend have a different 3000W inverter that he bought few years ago at Northern and he is very happy with it. The fan hardly ever kicks on. He turned the truck off for the weekend with inverter running and food in his fridge. Then he turned the truck back on and there was no problem.
But Northern does not sell this brand any more (it is black in color) and it is too bad because it is a good product.
January 21, 2013
Road Trip Ready
This 3000 watt unit is mounted on the inside wall of a small travel trailer with two deep cycle batteries attached from the outside in. This 3,000 watt unit is actually two-1,500 watt units, and one deep cycle battery is attached to one side of the inverter only. All done to run a microwave to heat water to bathe with on The Road. The fans in the inverter hum when on, so sleeping inside the travel trailer means the inverter will be "off". It's a 7,000 mile trip, and this is what I bought because USA made inverters were NOT getting good review. A pity.
October 8, 2012
I purchased this inverter to do some fencing work far away from any electrical power source. I chose the 3000 watt to insure that I would have plenty of power to operate a large drill and circular saw.
I installed it permanently on my F250 diesel truck that utilizes two batteries.
With the first use, I drilled 3/4" holes through 6x6 pressure treated posts.
The drill performed as well as it would plugged into standard power.
November 23, 2010