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OWNER’S MANUAL

Pro-1200W,Pro-1600W

Pro-2000W,Pro-2500W

Pro-3000W

POWER INVERTERS

THE WHISTLER GROUP, INC. CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

3604 N.W. Frontage Rd.

Bentonville, AR 72712

TEL (479) 273-6012FX (479)273-2927www.whistlergroup.com

CUSTOMER RETURN CENTER

551 N. 13th St. Rogers, AR 72756

Customer Ser el (800) 531-0004Email: info@whistlergroup.com

P/N 401516

© 2010 The Whistler Group, Inc.

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If you have questions concer operation of this Whistler product please call customer ser

1-800-531-0004

Hours:

 

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm CT

Please keep the receipt in a safe place.

You may register your product online at

www.whistlergroup.com. If the unit is

nedreturwithout a dated pr

oof of

purchase, an out of war

 

Note: charge applies. ranty Your

war

period begins at the time of purchase.

 

ter

ranty is Thevalidatedwar

by your

receipt.

 

Now is the time to record the serial

number of the unit in the space provided

anty sectionintheof thewar

manual.

INTRODUCTION

Dear Whistler Owner,

For many of tationus,.vehicleIt is more than just transpor

can be a mobile office, communications or entertainment center, or simply an expression of our personality. Whistler products are designed to make the time you spend in your vehicle more productive, more fulfilling, safer, or just simply more fun. Our mission is to provide products that improve your driving experience.

Whistler offers a complete line of DC to AC inverters ranging

from 100 tersWattsofto 3000 Watts. These inver

fer advanced

technology, dependable operation and will provide years of

vice whenreliableused inseraccor

dance with our operating

uctionstr.

 

 

Your new WhistlerunmostpowerAC inverter allows you to r

appliances right from your car, boat or RV. They’re great for weekend use and life on the road. They’re also great for power outages. To fully acquaint yourself with the operation of this power inver , we recommend reading this entire manual.

Sincerely,

THE WHISTLER GROUP, INC.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

WHISTLER FEATURES

 

 

Topic

Page

 

y

Features Summar ..................................................................

r

n tant InforImpor

................................................................

ion

ter InforInver ..............................................................

 

 

 

• Getting Star

 

 

 

• Don’t Push It

 

tiony1

InforBatter ...........................................................

 

 

 

• Selecting the Optimum Power Source

ation

Cable Infor .............................................................

 

 

 

• Wire Cable Gauges

 

 

Operation ..........................................................................

 

 

 

• Making the Connection

 

 

• The Power Source

 

 

• TV Fans and Audiophiles

 

 

• Microwaves

 

ful Advice•Power

 

 

 

• Technical Types

 

 

 

Technical21 Operating22

Principles ........................................

23Operation Summar

Troubleshooting ................................................................

Specifications .............................................................................................................................

-ation30

Warranty Infor ........................................................

A Word About Whistler Power Inverters

ters convert lowWhistlervoltage,inverdir

 

 

r

toect110cur ent (DC)

nating householdvoltalter

cur

ent (AC). The AC output is called

 

“modified sine wave”. See “Technical Operating Principles”

 

section formationre. Dependinginfor on the model and its

power eithertersratedfrdrawinvercapacity, Whistler

 

 

 

om standard

 

12 volt automobile and marine batteriestableor highfrom por

 

power 12 volt sources.

 

 

 

 

ter FeatuInver

es

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A” = Pro-2000w& up models

 

“B” = Pro-1200W&Pro-1600W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Front panel layout and controls are similar for models 1200 watt and up.

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FEATURES

FEATURES

1.

Three 110 AC Outlets

 

2.

Remote Operation Jack

 

ter is designedTheinverto be operated fr

om a

 

remote location via a WHISTLER Remote Control

 

Switch (P/N Pro-RS01)which plugs into this socket.

le thr

This optional accessor

ough

 

WHISTLER or your WHISTLER dealer.

 

3.USB Power Por

t is alwaysThisonporand independent of the ’ ter inver s on/off switch.

4. On/Off Switch

 

nsTurthe unit On/Of

f.

n itself of ter will• OverloadturThe inverProtection.

f

when the continuous draw or the surge draw of the

equipment being operated exceeds the maximum

power rating for the inverter.

 

n itself of ter will•turThermalinverProtection.

f

nal temperaturwhen the inter

e exceeds safe design

parameters.

 

7.Cooling Fans

8.Power Input Terminals

ve pr (Obser

oper polarity)

5.

Digital Power Meter

 

 

 

Note:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

On/Shutdown Indicator Light

 

 

In the event of an automatic shut down or continuous

 

The LED will illuminate GREEN when the inverter is

 

 

 

 

 

ter OFF (O)nuntiltheinvm,thetursour

audible alar

ce of the

malpoweredconditionsin .norThis light will tur

n RED

mined and r related problem has been deter

esolved.

r will automaticallyandthe shutinverdown (except

 

 

 

 

hen any of lowthe folvolowingtagealar

 

 

 

 

 

 

problems occur:

 

 

 

 

 

t Cir

• Shor

cuit Protectionter will shut. The

inver

 

 

 

 

down until the shor

emoved.

 

 

 

 

• Low Voltagem will AlarmsoundAnalar.when the

 

 

 

 

y discharvoltage from the batter

 

ges to 10.5+/-0.5

 

 

 

 

volts DC. This is an indication that the battery needs

 

 

 

 

to be recharged.

 

 

 

 

 

n itself

ter• Overwill turVoltageThe inverProtection.

 

 

 

 

 

off when the input exceeds 15.5+/-0.5volts DC.

 

 

 

n•terUnderwill turVoltageThe inverProtection.

itself off when the input is less than 10.0+/-0.5volts DC.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

INVERTER INFORMATION

Important WhistlerInformationAbout Your New ter Inver .

This manual will provide you with directions for the safe and efficient operation of your Whistle Power Inverter. Read the manual carefully before using your new Whistler

ter andinverkeep the manual on file for futur e reference.

ImportantEachNote:of the following operating procedures and safety features must be carefully reviewed and thoroughly understood prior to using the inverter. Failure to do so may result in damage to the inverter, equipment or serious personal injury.

Notes:

 

gned toYoperateurWhistlerfr inver

om a 12 volt

power source only. Never attempt to connect your

any otherWhistlerpowerinversour

ce, including any

AC power source.

 

110 volts can be lethal. Improper use of your Whistler

ter mayinverr

esult inty properdamage, personal

y or injurlossof life.

 

ted

Getting Star

 

Power equipment and appliances which operate with motors

or tubes require an initial surge of power to get them up unningand.Thisr power sur ting ger is refer ed to as the "star

load" or "peak load." (By comparison, electrical devices such as standard light bulbs do not requireload.ting)a large star

Once the equipment or appliance has been powered up, it settles down to a slower pace and requires far less electrical power to operate. This lower power requirementr is refer ed to as the "continuous load."

Whistler In order to ensure that the capacity of your

ter inver

is sufficient to meet thet requiredupload, staryou must first

 

mine deterthepower consumption of the equipment or

 

appliance you plan to operate.

 

Power consumption is rated either in wattage or amperes,

mation r and infor

egarding the required "watts" or "amps"

generally is stamped or printed on most appliances and equipment. If this information is not indicated on the appliance or equipment, check theContactowner’sthemanual.

appliance or equipment manufacturer to determine if

the device you are usingychar(TV’s, batter

ger, computer,

Do not

connect the

inverter’

s

output to any other

 

etc.) is compatible with a modified sine wave.

 

power source.

 

 

 

 

 

If the power consumption is rated in amps, multiply the number

Not recommended for use with medical equipment.

 

 

 

 

of amps by 110 (AC voltage) to determine the comparable

 

Check

with the

appliance

manufacturer for

 

wattage rating. Induction motors may require 2 to 6 times

 

compatibility with modified sine wave inverters.

 

 

 

their wattage rating to start up.

 

 

Some appliances may not work well, not at all or be

 

 

ue for medicaldamagedequipment. This is especially. tr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formationreoinforcompatibility issues, please visit

mation ontherinforfundamentalForfur

operating

 

ter F

our inver

AQ page at:

wwwwhistler. .comgroup

 

 

Whistler

principles of

ters ainverd

elated technical

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"T

data, see

echnical Operating Principles."

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INVERTER INFORMATION

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INVERTER INFORMATION

 

Don’t Push It.

 

 

 

power overload. Testing appliances and equipment with

 

Although yourter has the capacitypowerinverto

 

t upstarload ratings comparable to your inver

ter wattage

 

 

rating will not damage it.

 

 

provide power output (excess current) equal to approximately

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

two times its rated wattage capacity for a very brief period,

If a piece of equipment or an appliance will not operate,

 

it is designed to operate equipment and appliancesterhaswithbeen pr m that thefirstinverconfir

 

operly connected

 

t upstarload wattage ratings no higher than its own maximum

to the 12 volt power source (See "Making The Connection").

 

continuous wattage rating.

 

 

 

If allterconnectionsthehaveinverbeen properly made, tur

 

 

For example, the Pro-1200W

model

has a maximum

rocker switch ON (l), OFF (O) and ON (l) again in quick

 

cessionuc. If this pr

ocedure is unsuccessful, it is likely that

 

continuous rating of 1200 watts. Although this model has

 

terthedoesinvernot have the r

t upequiredcapacitystaror

 

 

the capacity to briefly provide more than its continuous

 

 

yyoursupplybatterisn’

 

t large enough to operate the

 

power (that is, excess

ent), it is designed to operate

 

 

equipment or appliance in question.

 

 

equipment and appliancestup loadwithr star

equirements of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1200 watts or less.

 

 

 

Selecting the Optimum Power Source.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consequently,up load ratingif theofstaryour equipment

ter for extended periodsOperatingcombinthedinverwith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or appliance is slightly higher than the maximum continuous

a high continuous load demand may result in excessive

ds

rating of therinverwill attempt,the inverto star

 

 

powery drain from the batter . Therefore, thevecapacityreser

 

above the continuous rating.

 

 

 

 

 

y you select toof powerthebatterthe inver

 

ter is an

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some refrigerators, freezers, pumps and other similar

important consideration.

 

 

equipment and appliancestup loadsrequireyhigh starver

 

The potential power drain can be estimated by calculating

 

to operate. Before attempting to power up this type of

 

thevepowereser ("amp-hour"orAh) of the batter

y and

 

equipment or appliance, make certain that all connections

 

theter ampstomeetrequiredthe continuousby the inver

 

 

have been properly made and that the power source is fully

 

 

load demand of the equipment or appliance being

 

charged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

operated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mine whetherTodeteryourticulainver

 

ter will operate a par

 

 

 

 

 

piece of equipmentteris or appliance, run a test. The inver

 

 

 

 

 

designed to shut down automatically in the event of a

 

 

 

 

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BATTERY INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

BATTERY/CABLE INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. To calculate the Ah of minethebattery, first deter

its

 

 

 

• It may be advisable to operate the inverter from a bank

 

ve"reserminutes" rating. (Deep cycle marine batteries

 

 

 

of batteries of the same type in a "parallel" configuration.

 

generally have the highestveminutereser ratings). This

 

 

 

Two such batteries will generate twice the Ah of a

 

rating typically is marked on the battery along with the

y; thr

single batter

ee batteries will generate three

 

"Cold Cranking Amps" (CCA) rating. Multiply theve reser

 

 

 

times the Ah and so on. See “Making a Connection”

 

minutes ratingmineofthe battery by 0.3 to deter

 

 

 

on page 13 formatioren. infor

y apprbatter

oximate Ah rating. A battery withvea reser

 

 

 

 

 

 

minutes rating of 166 has an Ah rating of 49.8.

 

 

 

This multiple parallel battery option is especially

2.

To estimate the maximumterbattery cur ent the inver

 

 

 

recommended for the Pro-2500WandPro-3000W

 

 

 

ters dueinverto the

high level of amps these models

 

will requirpieceuna to r of equipment or appliance,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

require to produce up to 3000 watts of continuous

 

divide its continuous load wattage requirement by 10.

 

 

 

 

 

load. Formatioren infor y poweregarding batter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pro-1200Wwatt model utilizes 50 amps of battery

 

 

 

please visit our inverter faq page at:

 

 

 

 

wwwwhistler. .comgroup.

 

power to operate an appliance with a 500 watt continuous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

load requirement. (500W divided by 10V = 50A).

 

 

 

Wire Cable Gauges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

y is suf3.

Conclusion: Thevepowereser of the batter

 

ficient

 

 

For safe and proper operation of the inverter, connect the

 

to satisfy the continuous load demand placed on the

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter toinvtherpower sour

ce with the proper gauge available

ter forinvera maximum of about one hour

. (49.8 Ah

 

 

test length practicalandin. the shor

 

 

divided by 50A = 1 hour).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro-1200WandPro-1600W

Note:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

will be operating•Whenequipmthe invernt or

y ar

 

ter and the batterWhen the inver

e set up within three feet

 

appliances with high continuous load ratings for extended

 

 

of each other, use a minimum of #4 gauge wire to make the

 

periods, it is not advisable to power theinverter with

 

 

 

connections. Within four to six feet, use a minimum of #2 gauge

y used to powersameyourbattervehicle. If the car

 

uck or tr

 

 

 

wire (Pro-1200W),#0 gauge forPro-1600W.At distances

y is utilizedbatterfor an extended period, it is possible that

 

 

 

between six feet to ten feet, use #0 gauge wire (Pro-1200W),

y voltage maythebatterbe d ained to the point wher

 

 

e

 

 

#00 gauge for Pro-1600W.

y has insufthe batterthe vehicle. ficientvepowereser to star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CABLE INFORMATION

OPERATION

Pro2000Wand Pr

o-2500W

the batterWhen the inver

e set up within three

feet of each other, use a minimum of #2 gauge wire to make the connections. Within four to six feet, use a #0 gauge wire (Pro-2000W),#00 gauge forPro-2500W.At distances between six feet to ten feet, use #000 gauge wires (Pro2000W), #0000 forPro-2500Wconnected in parallel to the

ybatter .

Making the Connection.

tain 1that. theMakePowcer switch is in the OFF (O) position.

2.Connect the cables to the power input terminals at the

ter and tightenreartheofscrthe inver

ews to make a

secure connection.

 

(To make these connections, install the wire connectors flush with the metal backing plates and fasten the nuts securely.

Pro-3000W

 

3. minalConnect the cable from the Negative (-)ter

 

 

ter to thetheNegativeinver (-)ter

minal on the 12 volt

the batterWhen the inver

e set up within three

tainpowtherconnectionsource. Makeis securcer

e.

 

 

feet of each other, use a minimum of #0 gauge wire to make

m4that.Confirthe cable you have just installed is

the connections. Within four to six feet, use a #000 gauge

properly connected. Specifically,tainthat make cer

wires. At distances between six feet to ten feet, use 2 sets of

the cable is connected to the Negative (-)terminals

#00 gauge wires connected in parallel to the battery.

ter and the 12 voltonpowerboth thesourinver

ce.

5. Connect the cable from the Positive (+) terminal on

Check Whistler’s online store for cablterthetoinvether Positiveaailability(+) ter minal. on the power source.

Cable options: For model Pro-2500at 10 foot length, a subsitute for the #0000 gauge can be using 2 sets of #0 gauge wires connected in parallel to the battery.

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OPERATION

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OPERATION

Note:

 

 

 

 

m7that.Confirthe equipment or appliance to be

 

Loose connections can result in a severe decrease in

ned of

operated is tur

f. Plug the equipment or

 

voltage which may cause damage to the wires and insulation.

 

appliance into one of the AC receptacles on the

Failure to make proper connection between the inverter

 

front panel of the the inverter.

 

 

and the power source will result in reverse polarity.

ter to the8. ONnTurthe(I) inverposition. T

 

n onur the

 

Reverse polarityterwill blow the internal fuses in the inver

 

damage toandthe mayinvercause per

 

 

ter.

 

equipment or appliance.

 

 

Damage caused by reverse polarity is not covered

9.

Plug the USB powered device into the inverter’s

Whistler

under the

rantywar

.

 

Making the connection between the Positive (+)

t.

USB power por

 

 

minalster may cause a sparkras a r

esult of cur ent flowing

Note:

 

 

 

to the capacitors malinthenorinverter. This is a

 

 

r

 

 

 

y “chirp”

m may make• a momentarTheaudible alar

 

 

occur ence. Due to the potential for sparking, however,

 

 

 

 

tant thatitis extremelyboththe inverimpor

 

 

ned OFFter(O)is. turThe samewhenalar the inver

 

m

 

 

and the

 

may also sound when the inverter is being connected

be well r

12 volt batter

 

emoved from any possible

 

 

source of flammable fumes or gases.Failure to heed

 

to or disconnected from the 12 volt power source.

 

this warning could result in fire or explosion.

The use of an extensionterto cord from the inver

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Run a ground from the Ground LugminalTer at the

 

the appliance or equipment being operated will

to a pr

rear of the inver

 

oper grounding point using

 

decrease the power being delivered to the load.

test practicaltheshorlength of 18 A

 

 

WG wire. Selection

 

For best operatextensionng coresults, the

d

 

of the grounding point will depend on where you are

 

should be no more than 50 feet long.

 

 

using the inver

. The ground wire may be connected

 

 

 

 

 

to the chassis of your vehicle or to the grounding

 

 

 

 

 

system in your boat or to the earth*

if you are operating

 

 

 

 

ter in a r the inver

emote location. Before connecting

 

 

 

 

tain that the ground, make cer

 

 

f.

 

 

 

 

ut

Operating the inver

 

 

properly

 

 

 

 

 

grounding it may result in electrical shock.

 

 

 

 

This*

gr ound can’t be the same ground as the AC ground.

 

 

 

 

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OPERATION

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Check frequently to ensure that the input and

 

 

 

 

The Power Source.

 

 

 

output connections are secure. Loose connections

 

 

 

When the engine is off, most batteries will provide ample power

 

may damage the inver

, the power source, or

 

 

 

 

may generate excessive heat.

 

 

 

ter for one to twohe inverhous. The actual length

of time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

is a function of several variables including the age and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

condition of the battery, the number of batteries and the power

To generate the maximum output, the Pro-3000Wwatt

 

 

 

demand being placed on it by the equipment being operated

ter

with the terinverwhile.Iftheyouenginear using the inver

 

model (for example) should be connected to a power

 

 

t the engineisoff,everwe recommend you star

 

 

 

 

 

y 30 to 60

 

 

supply which has the capacity to produce up to 300

 

 

 

 

echarge the

 

 

 

 

 

un for at least 10 minutestoandr let it r

amps. The loads should be distributed between the

 

 

y

batter . We also recommend that the device plugged into

receptacles to ensurethat each outlet is pr oducing no

 

 

 

ter be turthe inver

f beforoverningtur the engine.

 

more than its maximum 1500 watt output.

ned of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If more than one piece of equipment or appliance is

 

 

 

Although it is notningnecessaryof terto whentur turfthe inver

 

 

 

 

operationoverthe engine, the inverter may momentarily cease

 

to be operated at the same time, first turn on the

 

 

 

 

 

 

y voltage decras the batter

eases. When the inverter is not

pieceterof andequipmentinverthen turor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

supplyingned power,on,it drawsand islowturamperage

 

appliance separately to enable the inverter to produce

 

 

 

 

y (see specifications)from the. batter

 

 

thet requireduploads.star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For You Television Fans & Audiophiles.

 

tant yInforImporChar

 

mation on Batter

gers

ter is shielded andAfilterhough the inver

ed to minimize signal

atter Using your inver

 

gers for power tools,

flashlights, video cameras and laptop computers may cause

 

fer

fer inter ence, some inter

ence with your television picture

 

 

 

may be unavoidable, especially with weak signals. However,

damage to the inver

ging unit. Check with the

 

 

 

 

 

 

here are some suggestions that may improve the reception.

appliance manufacturer for compatibility with modified sine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

if you’rwave inver

e unsure.

 

 

tain that the televisionFirst,1.makeantennacer pr

 

oduces

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although we advise against it, if you attempt to use a

 

 

 

 

a clear signal under normal operating conditions (i.e.,

charging unit, monitor the temperature of the charging unit

 

 

 

at home plugged into a standard 110 AC wall outlet).

for approximately 10 minutes. If the charging unit becomes

 

 

 

Also, ensure that the antenna cable is properly shielded

onnectunusuallyit fr

war

ter immediatelyom the inver

.

 

 

 

and of good quality.

 

 

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