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anyone hack the OEM inverter ?

Discussion in '120-Series Toyotas' started by half k cruiser, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. half k cruiser

    half k cruiser

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    So the single rear 110v 2 prong outlet has been great for when my 10yo daughter want's to charge her cell phone. However, other than that, it leaves a lot to be desired. I am assuming this is a 400w inverter ? Has anyone here hacked into it for more functionality ? I'm thinking maybe some additional USB charging ports, or maybe installing a 3 prong outlet so you can plug a computer into it.
     
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    If I recall, the label on mine says it's 100w. You can use a 2 prong adapter to plug other stuff in it (which I've done for my fridge), but it's not going to handle any significant load.
     
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    That's about 300w lower than what I thought they put in them. I thought the Matrix and Tacoma's and maybe a few others came with 400w inverters ?
     
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    I had thought about getting rid of mine since it's close to useless, but I managed to let the magic smoke out of my good inverter so it will live on for a while longer. My plan was to use the existing switch wiring to turn on a bigger/better inverter hidden behind the trim panels with a conventional socket mounted in the old socket location.
     
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    That turd IS totally useless. Won’t even run a coffee pot.
     
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    On my GX470 manual, it says the inverter is way in the back. Can you confirm?

    There is no room back there to put in a larger inverter, and even if you could, you have to run large guage wiring that can handle the amperage. If it were me, I would install a more powerful inverter nearer the battery, to minimize large guage DC wiring, and then run smaller guage AC wiring back.
     
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    It charges my goal zero just fine.

    Coffee pots have very high power requirements, just like any electronic heater.
     
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    Still sucks, haha.
     
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    You'd need something like this for a coffee machine.

    I don't like coffee, so my inverter works great. :p
     
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    It works great charging my flash lights and stuff, and I use it quite a bit. I’m just being a complainer.