Originally Posted by pa-powerstroke
What power inverters do you guys use? I dont want to spend more than 250 and am looking for lots of power. Planning on mounting in my toolbox and using for power tools and eventually a compressor. Ive been looking around on ebay but dont really know what is good. Anybody help me out?
ok...from experience...you aren't going to find one for $250 that will power a air compressor....a few electric tools , yes.......a air compressor, no
Here is the cheapest place I've found...Power Inverters and Accessories by Cobra, KISAE, Magnum Energy, Power Bright, Samlex, Voltec, Wagan and Xantrex - DonRowe.com - Index
You need a MINIMUM of 3500w with 5000 peak to run a cheapo 115v air compressor...trust me...I would know...I went through many inverters, and even more small air compressors trying to make it work....
I spent 4hrs one day in Lowes parking lot, buy a air compressor, hook it up, nope too much draw, return it, buy another one, nope still too much draw, return it, etc, etc, etc
I gave up trying to be "cheap", so I now have a Wagan 5000w with 10,000w surge...there is no more worries, it powers EVERYTHING!
I paid around $420 for inverter, $120 in welding cable, and fittings...so plan on about $600 total
115v 2.5hp PorterCable pancake air compressor, and 16gal of air tanks..