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Q.What type of power inverter do I need to power my HP D110 Inkjet printer?

One of our clients asked us to supply them with a DC to AC power inverter to power an HP D110 inkjet printer in one of their police vehicles. We were able to do some testing on this unit in our building.  We found that this printer requires an AIMS Power pure sine inverter.  

We supplied them with the AIMS 300 watt pure sine power inverter with dual ac outlets, which will allow them to plug their laptop in at the same time.  This AIMS power inverter comes with a cigarette lighter adaptor giving them quick and easy access to run their HP D110 inkjet printer. 

Customers do have the flexibility of installing this pure sine power inverter elsewhere in the vehicle.  This would most commonly be done by direct connecting to the vehicle battery.  The printer will then be plugged into the power inverter and placed in the most convenient spot for use. 
Q.How do I run my sump pump during a power outage? 

You can use a power inverter to power your sump pump during a power outage.  Sump pumps vary in size.  The most common that our customers call us to power are 1/3 horsepower sump pumps, and 1/2 horsepower sump pumps.  The best option we have here at theinverterstore.com would be our inverter/charger with built in transfer switch. 

From our experience, 1/3 hp sump pumps and below can be ran with our AIMS Power 1500 watt power inverter with charger and built-in transfer switch.  For higher capacity pumps like a 1/2 hp sump pump you should use AIMS Power 3000 watt power inverter with charger and built-in transfer switch. 

The sump pump is first connected to the power inverter.  The inverter is connected to both your battery bank and city power.  As an added benefit to this, the incoming AC power will charge and maintain the battery(s) for you.  The sump pump is run off of AC power directly through the power inverter/charger. When AC power is lost the inverter will automatically transfer to the battery bank.  

An automatic sump pump back up system, like the one offered by theinverterstore.com, gives the customer piece of mind.  Back up sump pump systems ensure that the pump will have constant power supply whether you are home or away.  As you already know hurricanes, tropical storms and other heavy rain can deliver a lot of water to your sump.  Investing in an inverter/charger with transfer switch is better than repairing a basement from flood damage during a hurricane or heavy storm. 
      
Q.How do I keep my 1/3 horsepower sump pump running during a hurricane or tropical storm? 
      
You can use a power inverter to make sure your sump pump keeps working during a power outage.  We recommend the AIMS Power 1500 watt power inverter/charger with built in transfer switch.  Along with the inverter, you will need a battery bank to power the sump pump when the AC power is out.  

The size of your battery bank will depend on how much emergency backup power you want to provide your sump pump system.  We recommend that you use deep cycle batteries, which you can find on our site.  Generally, 1 or 2 AGM sealed lead acid 100 amp hour batteries would be the minimum battery bank you would want to install.  Keep in mind that a couple of extra batteries could save your home from major damage during a storm, so do not be afraid to have more power than you think you need.  You will be much more comfortable in a hurricane or storm knowing you have this extra power on standby.  

The inverter will need to be connected to the battery bank using #4 AWG UL listed cables.  Theinverterstore.com recommends always using an inline fuse kit within 12 inches of the battery bank on the positive terminal.  A fuse kit prevents a battery fire caused by a ground fault.  When the AC power goes out, this inverter/charger will automatically switch over to run off the batteries.  Eliminating the need to wake up in the middle of the night and start your noisy generator.
      
      
Q.Can I keep my 1/2 horsepower sump pump running during a tropical storm or hurricane? 
      
You can use the AIMS 3000 watt inverter charger with built in transfer switch to power your sump pump during a power outage.  Along with the inverter, you will need a battery bank to power the sump pump when the AC power is unavailable in an outage.  The sump pump needs backup power to keep your basement dry during a hurricane.  

The amount of emergency power you have available will depend on the size of your battery bank, as well as how often your sump pump cycles on and off.  We recommend you use deep cycle marine batteries to build your battery bank.  Generally, 1 or 2 AGM sealed lead acid 100 amp hour batteries would be the minimum you would want to use.  In terms of backup power, you will never have too much power.  In a big storm, like Hurricane Irene in 2011, people were without power for many days in some heavily populated areas.  Having extra emergency backup power will prevent serious damage to your home during a hurricane or tropical storm.  

The inverter will need to be connected to the battery bank using 1/0 AWG UL listed cables.  Theinverterstore.com recommends always using a inline fuse kit within 12 inches of the battery bank on the positive terminal to prevent a battery fire caused by a ground fault.  When the AC power goes out, this inverter/charger will automatically switch over to run off the batteries.  Eliminating the need to wake up in the middle of the night and start your noisy generator.
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