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Old 09-23-2014, 08:03 PM   #11
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You don't have to spend that much. Buy a one-piece outlet and plate with a built-in GFCI breaker in the outlet. Choose a 15-amp or 20 amp GFCI depending on the surge capacity of the inverter. The outlet will have hot side and a protected side wiring screws. Mount a wiring box for it at the location by the inverter.


15-amp, $12.40 at Home Depot

Wire a cord with a male plug on the hot side of the outlet to get power from the inverter output. Run your other two outlets to the GFCI outlet box using #14 (15-amp) or #12 (20-amp) wires. Connect the black and the white wires to the protected side of the GFCI. Don't be tempted to only connect the black, and wire nut the hot and protected white wires together. The green safety grounds can all be tied together.

Voila! you now have a circuit breaker that protects all three of your outlets, and GFCI, no less.

THANK YOU Redbear!!!

great idea and saves some room due to bulky box!
Pure genius. I like this idea a lot. Saves room in my electric closet too.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:30 PM   #12
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Well, I have been told that gfci outlets don't protect against overload or short circuit. I'll have to do some more investigating. But so far I'm worried about fire. Will report my findings.
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:07 PM   #13
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Re: 1 inverter and 3 outlets

If you use a 15 amp breaker the inverter would need to be able to supply 1800 watts into a short circuit to trip the breaker. Also most inverters are internally protected, ( will shut down if excessive load is placed on the unit).
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:18 AM   #14
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Re: 1 inverter and 3 outlets

How did your "thank you" get into my post? It looks like I was thanking myself.
Maybe because I opened an edit to add the picture link, and the two entries collided in posting????
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Old 09-24-2014, 07:53 AM   #15
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How did your "thank you" get into my post? It looks like I was thanking myself.
Maybe because I opened an edit to add the picture link, and the two entries collided in posting????
Hahaha. I don't know.

So my inverter is only 1250 watts. So no matter what I do I can't protect against short circuit?
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Old 09-24-2014, 01:55 PM   #16
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So my inverter is only 1250 watts. So no matter what I do I can't protect against short circuit?

Use an arc-fault breaker.
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:05 PM   #17
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Re: 1 inverter and 3 outlets

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So my inverter is only 1250 watts. So no matter what I do I can't protect against short circuit?

Your inverter should have 12v fuses inside for 12v side...my $20 setup would? if it shorts on the 120v side the breaker would trip if it shorts to ground (which would heat the wire up to fire level if it didn't have a breaker)
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:26 AM   #18
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So my inverter is only 1250 watts. So no matter what I do I can't protect against short circuit?

Your inverter should have 12v fuses inside for 12v side...my $20 setup would? if it shorts on the 120v side the breaker would trip if it shorts to ground (which would heat the wire up to fire level if it didn't have a breaker)
I'm hearing you. I'm probably going to get a breaker box. It's not that much of a price difference.
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