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Inverter upgrade

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010-2024)' started by Thacrow, Sep 19, 2023.

  1. Sep 19, 2023 at 4:42 PM
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    Kinda wanna upgrade the stock inveter. Right now I can charge my 1,000 watt ecoflow at 85 watts from the rear cigarette lighter. The AC plug doesn't seem to work I'm guessing because maybe the power is dirty.

    I'm thinking this 500 watt victron. That way if I have to run a new power cable to support the extra 100 watts it won't have to be too thick. Additionally the low watts won't kill the 4runners battery. And if I get a fridge, the economy flow can quickly charge from the car when driving rather than 85 watts.

    Any gotchas or holes in the plan. Bad idea in any way?

    https://www.amazon.com/Victron-Ener...mzn1.fos.18ed3cb5-28d5-4975-8bc7-93deae8f9840
     
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    Well shoot. If nothing else I feel smart that I picked the delta 2 for the same reasons he did (from the next video he links in the video you linked).

    That's cool. Let's you run smaller wire because the DC-DC charger runs on higher colts therefore less amps, if, as he points out, you mount it under your hood.

    He's slightly mistaken actually. I think. He says that you can over run your AC inverter because when charging AC the delta 2 bypasses it's batteries and pulls power from the AC outlets if you have anything plugged into the delta 2 while charging. This is true. However, in the phone app you just need to manually limit the AC draw from the charging source.

    So as long as you do that, I think an AC inverter is more versatile. Because then you can use the AC outlet. Even add another one maybe.

    I've been looking at the victron spec sheets and looks like I'll probably go with the 800 watt one as it actually does like 650 watts or something continuous. The 500 watt one I like I think does 350.
     
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    If you decide to upsize the inverter, make sure the existing wiring can handle the increased DC amperage to the new inverter.

    Do the math and if need be upsize the wiring.
     
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    So I would have used a thicker cable than the victron spec sheet has. But excellent point. I'm always afraid of a short.
     
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    Yep, make sure your truck is hot stuff, not your wiring :eek:
     
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    You got a very cool setup there and I've always thought dual battery setup were bad ass. I don't think I have the necessity. The delta 2 does a good job and can be moved around within camp.
     
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    I'm about to pull all my interior so sound deaden, do some stereo stuff and (hopefully) install this inverter. Anyone know how much space there is under the plastics where the stock inverter is? This thing seems a little large. It's about 10Lx7Wx3.5H

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  10. Feb 11, 2024 at 5:38 PM
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    Aint guna fit. Maybe if the top shelf thing were replaceable with a flat plastic instead of whats on there now which is indented. Additionally, why the F would Toyota put screws on the inside for the top panel. Seem alike it should be easily removable to service the "inverter" but no, you gotta take EVERYTHING apart to get in there.

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