Going Tesla Camping? Learn About Essential 300W Sine Wave Inverters and Safety Considerations
For those who enjoy Tesla camping, a 300 W Sine Wave inverter is an essential piece of equipment. The inverter allows you to use your CPAP machine when off the grid and away from power sources. Many people opt for the $50 model that can be found on eBay but there are also equivalent models available on Amazon for the same or lesser price.
It's important to remember that 300W is quite a hefty draw for 13.8V and it requires nearly 22A which is significantly more than what the Tesla 12V plug is rated for. This means it should only be used with devices that require 160W or less. It's always a good idea to test the device before you need it as the 12V plug has a tendency to shut off after awhile.
This brings us to an interesting story about testing. Before flying out to pick up a 2017 Prius Prime, someone purchased a cheap $50 inverter that fit in their backpack and plugged it into a free charger across the parking lot from their motel. When they drove to the interstate, they heard a strange 'heavy breathing' sound and upon inspection discovered that the cheap inverter had a cooling fan cycling that was ON-OFF.
Although cheaper options may seem appealing at first, it's often better to invest in something like Jackery/Renogy/GoLabs/EcoFlow/Bluetti and all other names out there. These are much more portable, easy to recharge (including solar if you get the solar panels) and one charge will easily last through the night without any issues. They're perfect for powering lights, cellphones, CPAPs, and anything else you might want to plug in - plus LiFePO4 batteries will last around 10 years so you won't have to replace them anytime soon.
In this particular case, however, the person opted for a 16 kW automatic emergency generator fueled by natural gas instead. Installed in 2016, this runs once a week so they know it's ready whenever they need it. The little inverter adds 120 VAC on the road or while Tesla camping, making it small and light weight enough to meet their needs.
Finally, we can't forget about safety! While not everyone has access to an emergency generator, it's still important to make sure whatever product you're using meets your needs and is safe for both you and your environment.
What is Bob Wilson using the inverter for?
Bob Wilson is using the inverter to power his CPAP machine when Tesla camping.
What are the alternatives to the inverter Bob Wilson bought on eBay?
There are a number of equivalent inverters on Amazon for the same or lesser price. However, 300W is a pretty hefty draw for 13.8V and nearly 22A which is significantly more than the Tesla 12V plug is rated. 160W is about all you are going to get.
What other brands of inverters should be considered?
Jackery/Renogy/GoLabs/EcoFlow/Bluetti and all other names out there are good options. LiFePO4 batteries are recommended as they can last up to 10 years.
What does Bob Wilson have in place of an inverter?
Bob Wilson has a 16 kW, automatic, emergency generator, natural gas fueled in 2016 that runs once a week. The little inverter he bought adds 120 VAC on the road or Tesla camping.
Is it like the Wizard of Oz?
No, the "aromatic cutover" refers to the generator's ability to protect the line crew. When the generator senses a power outage, it automatically switches over to natural gas fuel and starts up. This is done to protect the line crew from any potential hazards.