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Old 07-14-2009, 02:53 PM   #11
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Would a modified sin wave inverter be sufficient for a laptop?
Yes any device that converts the power back to DC before it uses it will be fine (for example it has a power brick). Radios and televisions that use analog amplifiers will also exhibit noise when used with a modified sine wave but that is becoming less a problem with modern devices.
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:34 PM   #12
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Refilling ink cartridges isnt hard. Just a pain. You have to find the fill hole, punch in the factory plug, fill cartridge slowly, then cram in one of the new plugs. Depending on the cartridge, it might use a little plastic ball as its plug, some refill kits use these little balls and after a dozen refills, your cartridge is full of the balls. Or, the kit might give you one of the removable posts.

Easy to do, but make sure you wear gloves when filling, and do it over a sink or bucket... I came home one night to find my father had stained his fingers black... I was green and red. Also make sure to keep an eye on the cartridges as they have a slight tendency to leak.

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Sorry, just found a picture with most of what I was talking about... Plugs, BBs, The BB Puncher, Drillbit for non-punchable plugs......

You might try Sams Club or Costco or one of those places for a $20 kit...

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Thanks Sojako, that helps answer my questions. I guess we are going to ebay the lasers & go back to inkjet. Anyone know of a fast PPM inkjet?
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Would a modified sin wave inverter be sufficient for a laptop?
Yes any device that converts the power back to DC before it uses it will be fine (for example it has a power brick). Radios and televisions that use analog amplifiers will also exhibit noise when used with a modified sine wave but that is becoming less a problem with modern devices.
Appreciate it steve, good to know... Getting closer to figuring out what we need to buy. Any reccomendations on what brand of inverter?
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Always questions... Since I do not have time to make basement storage before we move, the batteries are going to have to be inside the bus. I am sure this has been done before but I haven't searched the forums. I would imagine I need to secure the batteries & enclose the bank in the bus but would probably need some sort of venting to the outside correct? This would just be so much easier to setup the system for now...
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All of my batteries were inside, the regular deep cycles batteries I put into a container that had a vent to the outside.




The UPS batteries that I have are just sitting under the benches securely held down. No need to have them contained.

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I don't have those batteries connected the way in those pictures anymore. It should look like this:



Oh and FYI - I am not longer using ANY of those regular deep cycle batteries. They just make too much of a mess and I am going to pay extra for proper batteries from now on. I would suggest not using those types of batteries anywhere on your bus except for your engine battery depending on where it is located.
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you may also need to get a fancy (expensive) pure sine wave inverter to run that printer. I am of the understanding that a laser printer is one of the few items that will not work properly with a modified sin wave inverter. I have not actually tried it myself.
Thanks lapeer, I am slowly edu-makating myself in solar & starting to realize that my direction may have to change...
I am thinking that we just need to sell the laser printers (we have 2) & buy an energy star inkjet & maybe just fill our own ink cartridges to save on cost as we do alot of printing. Has anyone ever filled their own ink cartridges? Any input/advice?

Would a modified sin wave inverter be sufficient for a laptop?
How about keeping one laserprinter and only use it when you are connected to shore power? or are you planning to live off grid all the time?
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battery location consideration: i mounted the house batteries under the bed at the very back of the bus (Pusher model) however after our first trip i think it should have been somewhere else since that engine puts out lots of heat and warms that compartment up pretty good, not good for batteries inverter and charger. So use the space for water tank and you will always have warm water after a drive
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What batteries do you recommend
I am using these in both of my skoolie and coach:

http://www.cdstandbypower.com/applicati ... pshrm.html


I also use yellow top Optimas in my skoolie.

We are trying a bank of the blue top Optimas in Granzows skoolie. I will be using the blue tops in my bus next time.

http://www.optimabatteries.com/optima_p ... /index.php
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