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OWNER’S MANUAL

Pro-200W,Pro-400W

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

Consumer Relations Tel (800) 531-0004Email: info@whistlergroup.com

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© 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

 

or visit www.whistlergroup.com

 

Please keep the receipt in a safe place.

 

You may register your product online at

 

www.whistlergroup.com. If the unituctionsis.

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purchase, an out of war

 

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period begins at the time of purchase.

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by your

 

receipt.

 

 

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number of the unit in the space

 

provided in the warranty section of the

 

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 100tersWattsof to 3000 Watts. These inver fer advanced technology, dependable operation and will

provide viceyearswhenof reliableused inseraccor

dance

with our operating instr

 

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 inverter, we recommend reading this entire manual.

Sincerely,

THE WHISTLER GROUP, INC.

1

Care & Maintenance ................................................................
Technical16 Operating17 Principles ........................................
Operation Summar .........................................................
Troubleshooting ................................................................
Specifications ............................................................................
Warranty Infor ........................................................
2
Operation ............................................................................
• Making the Connection
• Tips
• Recharging Equipment
• Changing the Fuse
• Power Source
13Additional14 Safety Features...............................................
• Auto Shut Down mal Cut• TherOf f
• Low Batter otection
.......................................................................

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

WHISTLER FEATURES

Topic

yFeatures Summar

4mation tant InforImpor

ter BasicsInver

ted • Getting Star

• Don’t Push It

y Pr

15

y18 - 19

-22

24mation26

ters. Page

A Word About WHISTLER Power Inver

 

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

WHISTLER inver

r

ect cur ent

t low voltage,ters dirconver

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

 

 

rent (AC). The

nating household cur(DC) to 110 volt alter

 

 

AC output is called “modified sine wave”. See “Technical

 

Operating Principles” section

formationmore. infor

 

Depending on the model and its

rated capacity,

ters draw powerWHISTLEReither fr inver

 

om standard 12

 

volt automobile and marine batteriestableor from por

 

high power 12 volt sources.

 

 

1.AC Output Sockets6. High Speed Cooling Fa

2.On/Off Switch7. Power Input Terminal

3.USBPower Port 8.Lighter Socket Power Cord

4. Power on LED 9.

Battery Clamps

5.

Power Input Terminal Black = Negat

3

INVERTER BASICS

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

tant

InforImpor

mation

About

Your

New WHISTLER

ted

Getting Star

 

 

ter

Inver .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power equipment and appliances which operate with motors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or tubes require an initial surge of power to get them up and

 

This manual will provide you with directions for the safe

 

running. This powertingsurgeload"ris refer ed to as the "star

 

 

 

or "peak load." (By comparison, electrical devices such as

 

and efficient operation of your

WHISTLER inverter. Read

 

 

 

standard light bulbs do not requiretinga largeload). star

 

 

the manual carefully before using your new WHISTLER

 

 

 

 

Once the equipment or appliance has been powered up, it

ter andinverkeep the manual on file for futur

e reference.

 

settles down to a slower pace and requires far less electrical

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

power to operate. This lower power requirementr is refer ed

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to as the "continuous load."

 

is designed to operateYourWHISTLERfr

inver

 

 

 

 

om a 12

 

In order to ensure that the capacity of your WHISTLER

 

volt power source only.

Never attempt to connect your

 

ter isinversuf

ficient to meet thet requiredupload, staryou

 

ter to any otherWhistlerpowerinversour

 

 

 

 

 

mine the powermustconsumptionfirst deterof the

 

 

 

 

 

ce, including any

 

equipment or appliance you plan to operate.

 

 

AC power source.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The length

of the supplied cables is matched for the

 

Power consumption is rated either in wattage or amperes,

 

mation r and infor

 

egarding the required "watts" or "amps"

ter

 

r cur ent needed by the inver

 

. Making this cable longer

 

generally is stamped or printed on most appliances and

ter less ef

 

will make the inver

 

 

ficient

and may

cause the

 

equipment. If this information is not indicated on the

 

 

cables to heat up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

appliance or equipment, check theContactowner’s manual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the appliance or equipment manufacturer to determine

 

• Do not attempt to lengthen the supplied power cables.

 

 

 

if the device

you are usingychar(TV’s, batter

ger,

 

• 110 volts can be lethal. Improper use of your WHISTLER

 

 

 

computer, medical equipment, etc.) is compatible with a

 

y teror mayinver

esult inty properdamage, personal injur

 

 

 

 

 

modified sine wave.

 

 

 

loss of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the power consumption is rated in amps, multiply the

 

• Do not connect the inver

s output to any other power

 

 

 

source.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

comparable wattage rating. Induction motors, as well as

 

Not recommended

for use

with medical equipment.

 

 

 

some televisions, may require 2 to 6 times their wattage

 

 

Check with the appliance manufacturer for compatibility

 

 

 

tup.

rating for star

 

 

 

 

with modified sine wave inverters. Some appliances may

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

not work well, not at all or

be damaged.

For moremation ontherinforfundamentalForfur

operating

 

 

mationinforon compatibility issues, please visit our inver

ter

 

principles of

WHISTLER inverters and related

technical

 

 

FAQ page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"T

data, see

echnical Operating Principles."

 

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INVERTER BASICS

 

 

 

 

 

INVERTER BASICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Push It.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter has been pr m thatconfirthe inver

operly connected to

 

 

 

 

Although your WHISTLER inverter has the capacity to

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

provide power output (excess current) equal to

 

 

allterconnectionsthehaveinverbeen properly made, tur

 

 

 

 

approximately two times its rated wattage capacity for a

 

 

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

 

 

 

y briefv period, it is designed to operate equipment and

 

 

succession. If this procedure is unsuccessful, it is likely that

 

p load wattage ratingsapplianoceshigherwith thstarn

 

 

ter does thenot inverhave the r

t upequiredcapacitystarto

 

 

 

 

its own maximum continuous wattage rating.

 

 

 

operate the equipment or appliance in question.

 

 

 

 

For example, the Pro-400Wwatt model has a maximum

 

 

Note:

 

 

 

 

 

 

continuous rating of 400 watts. Although this model has the

 

 

• Most heat generating appliances requiretup loadsstar

 

 

 

 

capacity to briefly provide more than its continuous power

 

 

 

in excess of 1000 watts and this inverter will not operate

 

 

 

 

(that is, excess cur ent), it is designed to operate equipment

 

 

 

such appliances as coffeeyersmakers,or irons, hair dr

 

d r

and appliances with star

equirements of 400 watts

 

 

 

heaters.

 

 

 

 

 

or less.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

t

data’ ter

Thet doesinver nots

supporUSBPor

 

 

 

 

Consequently,up load ratingif theofstaryour equipment

 

 

 

 

communications.

 

 

 

 

or appliance is slightly higher than the maximum continuous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

er t loads

rating of therinverwill attempt,the inverto star

 

 

 

USB

power is

always on and independent of the

 

 

 

 

above the continuous rating for up to 10 seconds.

 

 

ter

inver

s on/off switch.

 

 

 

ter is designedTheinverto shut down automatically in the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

event of a power overload. Testing appliances and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

load ratings comparableequipmenttowithyourstar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter

wattageinver rating will not

damage the inver

ter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, make sure the appliance you are testing is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

compatible with modified sine wave inverters. See page 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

formatioren. infor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OPERATION

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making the Connection.

 

 

 

 

6.

Removemlytheintolighter and insert the adapter plug fir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the cigarette lighter socket.*

(Make certain both the

 

 

 

ter is designedThisinverto connect to your 12 volt batter

 

y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

socket and adapter plugs are clean.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

using the lighter socket plug or by the supplied battery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cables (for appliances over 150 watts, 400 watt model only).

 

 

Note:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tain that1. theMakeinvercer

 

ocker switch is in the

 

If the equipment or appliance you intend to operate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

requires more than 150 watts of continuous power, this

 

 

 

 

 

OFF (O) position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter

shouldinver be connected dir

ectly to

the power

 

 

 

 

2. Connect the lighter plug or hardwire cables to the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source using the Hard Wire Cables (400 watt model).

 

 

minals at the r power input terter and

 

ear of the inver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Failure to do so may result in serious damage to the

 

 

 

 

 

tighten the screws to make

a secure

connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

power cord or to the cigarette socket lighter wiring.

 

 

 

 

 

Do not use tools to tighten these screws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loose connections

can

result

in a

severe decrease in

 

 

 

 

 

Steps 3 - 5 are used when any appliance requires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

voltage which

may

cause damage

to the

wires and

 

 

 

 

 

over 150 watts. Step 6 is for appliances under 150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

insulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

watts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Failure to make proper connection between the inverter

 

 

 

 

3. Connect the cable from the

(BLACK)

Negative (-)

 

 

ter to the Negativeminal(-ter)teronthe inver

 

 

 

 

 

 

and the power source will result in reverse polarity.

 

 

 

 

 

the 12 volttain powerthe

source.

Make

cer

 

 

Reverse polarity will blow the internal fuse(s) and may

 

 

 

 

 

connection is secure.

ter

 

 

 

manent

damagecause perto the

inver

 

 

.

Damage

 

 

 

 

m4.thatConfirthe cable you have just installed is

 

 

caused by reverse polarity is not covered under the

 

 

 

 

 

properly connected.

tainSpecifically,that

make cer

ranty

WHISTLER war

.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the cable is connected to the Negative (-)terminals on

 

Making the connection between the Positive terminals

 

 

ter and the 12bvothlt powertheinversour

 

 

 

ce.

 

 

may cause a spark as a result of cur ent flowing to the

 

 

 

 

minal5.

Connect the cable from the (RED) Positive (+) ter

 

 

capacitorsmalin theoccurinver

. This is a nor

ence.

 

 

 

ter to the

Positiventhe (+)inverter

 

 

 

ter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the potential for sparking, however, it is extremely

 

 

 

 

 

power source.y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter and the 12 volt battertant thatimporboth the inver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

be well removed from any possible source of flammable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fumes or gases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ning could r

Failure to heed this war

 

esult

in fire or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

explosion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Some vehicle lighter sockets may only supply 10 amps or approximately 100 watts. If so, use the hardwire cables. Check’vehicle’s owner s manual for lighter socket fuse rating.

8

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OPERATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro-400Wwatt model - If the supplied cables are too

 

The use

of an extensionterto cordthe

from the inver

 

 

 

 

 

 

t toshorallow for

placement

of

the inver

 

ter in

a

 

 

appliance or equipment being operated will decrease the

 

 

 

 

 

 

desired location, the inverter may be connected to

 

 

power being delievered to the load. For best operating

 

 

 

 

 

 

the power source using a #8 wire, up to 12’. Use #4

 

 

results, the extension cord should be no more than 50 feet

 

 

 

 

 

 

wire for longer lengths. The steps outlined for making

 

 

long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the connection and the related safety precautions

 

• Check frequently to ensure that the input and output

 

 

 

 

 

 

remain unchanged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

connections are secure. Loose connections may damage

 

 

 

 

ter r

7.

nTurthe inver

ocker switch to the ON (I) position.

ter or thethepowerinver sour

ce or may generate

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LED

Indicator

Light should

glow

GREEN

 

 

excessive heat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter

ming confirthattherunning to theisinverpower r

 

 

 

.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter r

8.

nTurthe inver

ocker switch to the OFF (O) position.

tant yInforImporChar

mation on Batter

gers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(The GREEN LED Power Indicator light may “blink”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

briefly and/ormmay themakeinternala

y

char

 

ter

with

batter Using your inver

gers for power

tools,

 

 

 

 

 

 

audible alar

 

 

 

 

flashlights, video cameras and laptop computers may

cause

 

 

 

 

y “chirp”. momentarThisis nor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the charter or

 

 

damage to the inver

ging unit. Check with the

 

 

 

 

 

m9.thatConfirthe equipment or

appliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to be

 

 

 

appliance manufacturer for compatibility with modified sine wave

 

 

ned of

 

operated

is tur

f.

Plug

the

equipment

or

 

 

 

 

 

ters ifinveryou’r

e unsure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

appliance into one of the AC receptacles on the front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

er

 

panel of the the inver .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

ter to the10. ONnTurthe(I) inverposition. T

 

 

 

n uron the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

unit,

monitor

the temperature of the charging unit for

 

 

 

 

 

 

equipment or appliance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

approximately 10 minutes. If the charging unit becomes unusually

 

 

 

 

 

11.

Plug the USB powered device into the inverter’

s USB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

m, disconnectwarteritimmediatelyfr om the inver

.

 

 

 

 

 

t.

 

power por

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

As indicated in Step 7 above, the audible alarm may

y “chirp” when themakeinvera momentar

ter is

nedturOFF (O). The same alar

m may also soundter

ter is being connectedwhenthe toinvero

 

disconnected from the 12 volt power source.

Don’t Blow A Fuse.

 

ter is equippedThisinverwith an inter

nal spade type fuse(s). With

reasonable care, it should not be necessary to replace the fuse(s) in your inver .

Most blownt cirfuses are the result of reverse polarity or a shor cuit within the appliance or equipment being operated. If the fuse(s)

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OPERATION

 

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

does nblow,of

tur

f

and

disconnect

the appliance or

 

 

Automatic Shut Down & Related Safety Features.

 

 

 

 

 

equterimpmediatelyntfrom the inver

 

, repair the related

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

problem

and replace

the

fuse(s). The

internal

fuses are ter

 

has anEachuniqueinverLED

indicator war

ning light

 

 

 

 

 

replaceable,

however

only

electronically knowledgeable

 

 

system which operates in conjunction with the automatic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shut down feature. These indicator lights operate as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

people should attempt fuse replacement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN LED:

System ready.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tain to• corMake cer

 

ect the source of the overload

 

 

RED LED:

System overload/automatic shut down.

 

 

 

 

 

which caused the blown fuse ningbeforeyourtur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter backinverON (l).

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter will shutYourdowninver automatically when any of the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

following problems occur:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power Source.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. The powerydr input from the batter

ops below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

10 volts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

power supply to the inverter for one to two hours. The actual

 

 

152..5+/The-0.5poweryexceedsinput from the batter

 

 

 

 

 

 

length of time is a function of several variables including the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

volts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

age and condition of the battery and the power demand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

being placed on it by the equipment being operated with the

 

 

3. The continuous draw of the appliance or equipment

 

 

 

 

ter

inver .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

being operated exceeds the design parameters of the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter

inver .

 

 

 

 

 

ter whileIftheyouenginear usisngofthe inver

 

 

f, we

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

he engine ever

recommend you star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

at least

10

minutesy

 

to recharge the

batter .

We also

ters ar The inver

e also equipped with the following additional

 

 

 

 

 

recommend that the device plugged into the inverter be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

safety features:

 

 

 

 

 

 

nedturof

f beforoverningtur the engine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.

Thermal Cut Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although it is not necessary to disconnect the inverternal temperaturwhen

 

 

Automatic shut down if inter

e exceeds safe

 

 

 

 

ningturover the engine, the inver

ter may momentarily cease.

 

 

 

design parameters

 

 

ge decr

operation as thebatter

 

eases. When the inver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

y low

is not supplyingned on,power,it drawsnd isvertur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

y amperage(<0.70A ). from the batter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ADDITIONAL FEATURES

 

 

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

y V

2. Lowm/ShutdownBatter oltagePr Alar

ter in pr

To maintain your inver

oper working condition, note

 

 

 

 

otection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a) When the input voltage from the 12 volt power sourcetantsafety pr

the following impor

 

ecautions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

drops below 10.5 volts, an audible tone will be heard.

MOISTURE. Keep theyinverter dr . Do not expose it

 

 

y voltage alar

 

This is the low batter

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter will automaticallyb)The invershut down when the

 

 

moisturto

e. Do not operate the inverter if you, the

 

 

 

 

 

 

input voltage drops below 10 volts. This protects the

ter

inver ,

the device

being operated

or any other

 

 

 

 

 

y fr

batter om completely draining.

facessur that may come in contact with any power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the event of automatic shut down or continuous audible

 

sources are wet. Water and many other liquids can

 

 

 

 

 

 

conduct electricity which may lead to serious injury or

 

r

 

 

n the m,inverturalar

ocker switch to the OFF (O) position

 

 

 

 

 

death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

until the source of the related problem has been identified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and resolved.

 

 

HEAT.

For

peak

efficiency,

the

ambient

air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ful Advice.

Some Power

 

 

 

temperature should be between 50° and 80° F. Avoid

 

 

 

ter oinveror

near heplaciting vents,the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When driving with the inverter in operation, make certain that

 

radiators or other sources of heat. Do not place the

 

 

 

 

 

ter ininverdir.

ect sunlight

 

 

 

 

er nor the powerneithercor the inver

ds will impede safe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

operation of your vehicle. Keep the unit and all cords clear of

VENTILATION.

In

order to

disperse the

heat

 

 

 

 

 

the steering wheel, gas, brake and clutch pedals and gear

 

 

 

 

 

ter

isgeineratopedration,whilekeepthe inverit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

well ventilated. While in use, maintain several inches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

of clearance around the top and sides of the inverter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

FUMESternear& GASES.

void using the inver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Do not place the inverflammable materials

 

 

ter in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tments. Wherycompar

areas such as batter

 

 

e fumes or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gases may accumulate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never attempt to operate your WHISTLER inverter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from any power source other than a 12 volt battery or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

group of batteries that total 12 volts.

 

 

 

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OPERATING PRINCIPLES

 

OPERATING PRINCIPLES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For You Technical Types.

 

 

The majority of AC voltmeters measure RMS voltage and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

assume that themwillmeasuredbe a purwavefor

e sine

 

 

 

 

1. Basic Operating Principles:

 

 

wave.

 

 

ters work in twoWHISTLERstages. Duringinver the first

 

 

Consequently, these meters will not read the RMS modified

 

 

 

 

stage, the DC to DC conver

eases the DC inputr voltage

sine wave voltage cor ectly and, when

measuring your

 

 

 

 

y) tofrom145thevoltspowerDC. source (e.g. a 12 volt batter

ter output, the metersWHISTLERwill r inver

ead about 20 to

 

 

 

 

In the second stage, the high voltage DC is converted to 110

30 volts too lowT . o accurately measure the output

 

 

 

 

volts (60 Hz AC) using advanced power MOSFETtertransistors

voltage of youer inverRMS r , use a tr

eading

 

 

 

 

in a full bridge configuration. The result is excellent overload

voltmeter such as a Fluke 87, Fluke 8060A, Beckman 4410,

 

 

 

 

capability and the capacity to operate difficult reactive loads.

Triplett 4200 or any multimeter identified as "True RMS."

 

 

 

 

The output wavefor esulting from these conversions is a

 

 

 

 

 

 

"quasi-sinewave" or a "modified sine wave"terF as shown onters see our InverFormationmoreoni forinver

AQ

 

 

 

 

below.

 

 

page.

 

 

similar to the powerThisgeneratedstepped waveforby

utilities and has a broad range of applications.

The modifiedter sine wave produced by the Inver

The modified sine wave produced by your Whistler inverter has a root mean square (RMS) voltage of 110 volts.

ue sineAtrwave typical of home AC outlet.

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OPERATION SUMMARY

OPERATION SUMMARY

ter is•designedThisinverto be connected to the power

 

 

• When operating the inverter with the enginettheoff, star

source with the supplied cables or with #8 wire up to 12’

 

y hour and lenginetit r ever

un for at least 10 minutes to

Use #4 wire for longer length. When

utilizing the

y.

recharge the batter

 

supplied cables do not attempt to modify or lengthen

 

 

 

 

them.

 

 

• In the event of automatic shutterdown,OFFturn the inver

tain that the• powerAlwayscablemaketer cer

minal

 

(O) immediaterly.untilDothenottherestarinver

 

source of the problem has been identified and corrected.

connections Negative (-)to Negative(-)and Positive (+)

 

 

 

 

to Positive (+). Check these connections frequently to

y drain, always•Todisconnectavoid ba terthe inver

ter

ensure that they are secure.

 

 

when not in use.

 

tain the• ratedMake powercer consumption of the

 

 

• Do not expose the inverter to moisture.

appliance or equipment you wish to operate is compatible

 

• Avoid placing the inverter near sources of heat or in

with the capacity of your inverter.

 

 

 

 

 

direct sunlight.

 

If the rated power consumption of the equipment is in the

range of the maximum specified wattage of your

• When in use, make certain that the inverter is properly

ter tocoensurver , test the inver

e that it will operate

ventilated.

 

properly.

 

• Do not use the inverter near flammable materials,

 

 

ter is•not ThisdeignedI ver to operate heat generating

fumes or gases.

 

appliances such as coffeeyers,makers, irons, hair dr

• Always operate the inverter

in accordance with the

toasters and heaters.

 

 

uctionstrin this manual. Failur

e to do so may result

 

 

 

y or loss ofsonallife. injur

tyin damage,proper per

 

• Before attempting to use a battery charger see page 11.

 

 

Before attempting to use medical equipment see page 4.

Use only fuses which conform with the design specifications outlined in this manual.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

y Alar

 

Please visit our Inver

AQ page on our website

 

(wwwwhistlergroup. .com), for mor troubleshooting

mationinforand FYI topics.

 

 

 

 

 

fer

PROBLEM: TV Inter

ence

y

 

Problem

 

 

Solution

 

 

 

 

 

fer

Electrical inter enceritefromdata

lineAddfiltera Fer

 

ter

inver .

 

 

on to the TV power cord.

 

 

 

 

This filter is available at

 

 

 

t

storelectronic par

es.

 

.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROBLEM: Low or No Output Voltage

 

Problem

 

 

Solution

 

r

Using incor ect type of

 

 

Use auetrRMS

reading

 

voltmeter to test output

 

meter.

 

 

 

voltage.

 

"For

SeeY

ou Technical

 

 

 

 

Types" Section of this

 

 

 

 

manual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mal

TROUBLESHOOTING

 

 

PROBLEM: LowimeBatter

m On All The T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problem

 

 

 

Solution

 

 

Input voltage below

 

Keep input voltage above

 

 

10.5 volts.

 

 

 

10.5 volts to maintain

 

 

 

 

 

 

regulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poor or weak battery

 

Replace batter .

 

 

condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inadequate power being

Use lower gauge wire.

ter

 

delivered to the inver

 

(400 watt model)

 

 

or excessive voltage drop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red LED On

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problem

 

 

 

Solution

 

 

Equipment has a high ter powernTurinverswitch

 

t

upstarsur

ge.

 

 

OFF (O) and then ON (l)

 

 

 

 

 

 

again until the inverter

 

 

 

 

 

 

powers your appliance.

 

 

 

y

 

 

Repeat as necessar

 

 

 

 

 

 

to get your appliance

 

 

 

 

 

ted"."star

 

 

 

 

 

 

y

voltageBatterbelow

 

 

 

Recharge or replace

 

 

10 volts.

 

 

y.

batter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment being operated

Use a higher capacity

 

 

draws too much power.

ter

inver .

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter

isInvertoo hot (ther

ter to cool.Allow inver

 

 

shutdown mode).

 

 

Check for adequate

 

 

 

 

 

 

ventilation. Reduce the

 

 

 

ter to

 

 

load on the inver

 

 

 

 

 

 

rated continuous power

 

 

 

 

 

 

output.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

SPECIFICATIONS

 

PROBLEM: TV Does Not Work

 

Problem

 

Solution

 

 

 

 

 

n on.

TV does not tur

 

y Tr ocking the ON/OFF

 

ter while

 

switch of the inver

 

 

 

leaving the TV ON

 

 

 

(see page 7).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact TV manufacturer

 

 

t-up

surfor star

5 V

 

 

ge and/or to

 

 

 

find out if TV is compatible

 

 

 

with a modified sine wave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ter

mayAlargerbe inver

 

 

 

 

required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 V

 

Pro-200WWATT INVERTER SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

 

 

Maximum Continuous200WPower .....................

 

 

 

atts

 

Maximum Surge Capability (Peak Power) 400*Watts

r

No<0.Load6A Cur ent Draw ......................................

 

 

 

 

 

....................................Modifiedm SineWaveforW

 

 

 

 

 

ave

 

Operating Input Voltage Range15.5+/11.-–0.5

 

 

Volts

 

AC Receptacle

............ th AmericanNorTwo 3 Pr

 

 

 

ong

 

Fuses ....................

 

(1) 25 Amp nal) (Spade Type -Inter

 

USB..................................................

 

 

olt 500mA Max

5.15" L x 3.86" WApproximatex 1.81" H Dimensions

 

 

 

 

 

.0Approximate.77lbs

Weight ......................................

 

 

 

 

 

Pro-400WWATT INVERTER SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

 

 

Maximum Continuous400 .....................WPower

 

 

 

atts

 

Maximum Surge Capability (Peak Power) 800*Watts

r

No<0.Load7A Cur ent ......................................Draw

 

 

 

 

 

....................................Modifiedm SineWaveforW

 

 

 

 

 

ave

 

15Operating.5+/11-0–.5Input Voltage Range

 

 

 

Volts

 

AC Receptacle ............

th AmericanNorTwo 3 Pr

 

 

 

ong

 

(2) 25 AmpFuses(Spade......................T

nal)

ype-Inter

 

USB..................................................

 

 

olt 500mA Max

 

ApproximateH Dimensions 5.15" L x 3.86" W x 1.81"

 

1.0Approximatelbs

Weight .........................................

 

 

 

 

*Under certain conditions your inverter may provide up to 2 times the continuous rating for a brief period.

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WARRANTY

WARRANTY

Consumer Warranty

 

d to the originalThispurWhistler is war

chaser for a

 

 

r

period of two years from the date of original purchase

against all defects in materials and workmanship. This

ranty is voidlimitedif thewarunit is abused, modified,

 

installed improperly, had its housing removed, or has a

missing serial number. There are norantiesexpress war

covering this product other than those set forth in this

rantyrantieswar for. Allthisexpress or implied war

oduct

are limited to two years. Whistler is not liable for damages

arising from the use, misuse, or operation of this product.

viceSerUnder W

rantyar

 

ranty period, defectiveDuringtheunitswarwill be r

epaired

or replaced (with the same or a comparable model), at

Whistler s option, without charge to the purchaser when

nedreturwith a dated stor

e receipt to the address below.

Unitsnedreturwithout a dated stor

e receipt will be handled

as described in section “Service Out Of Warranty

.”

ice, please followWhenningtheseretura unit for

ser

 

 

uctionstr:

 

 

 

1. Ship the unit in the original carton or in a suitable sturdy

equivalent, fully insured, withnr retur

eceipt requested, and

shipping charges prepaid to:

 

 

Whistler Repair Dept.

551 N. 13th St.

Rogers, AR. 72756

Please allow 3 weeks for return.

IMPORTANT: Whistler will not assume responsibility for loss or damage incur ed in shipping. Therefore, please ship your unit insured with return receipt requested.

2. Include the following clearly printed information:

• Your name and street address (for shipping via UPS), a daytime telephone number, (No P.O. Box please.) and email address (if applicable).

A detailed description of the problem, i.e. Unit powers up but no AC output.

A copy of your dated store receipt or bill of sale.

tain your 3unit.Beiscer

nedeturwith its serial number

. For

reference, please write your unit’s serial number in the following

space: s/n __________________.

 

Units without serial numbersrantye not covered under war

.

IMPORTANT: To validate that your unit is within the warranty period, make sure you keep a copy of your dated store receipt.You ranty onlinematy wwwregister your war .whistlergroup.com,

howeveri,ranty ficationorwarpurposes, a copy of your dated

store receipt must accompany any unit sent in for warranty work.

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WARRANTY

viceSerOut Of W

rantyar

 

 

vice ratesUnitsranty”willserbe repaired at “out of war

 

 

when:

 

 

 

ranty•Thaseunit’sexpir original war

ed.

 

• A dated store receipt is not supplied.

 

• The unit has beennedreturwithout its serial number

.

The unit has been abused, modified, installed improperly, or had its housing removed.

Whistler

The minimum out of war

 

 

 

 

ter is $15.00 (U200.S.) wattand theinver400 watt inver

 

 

 

ter

 

is $20.00vice,(U.S.). rantyIfyouserequire out of war

 

 

pleasenyoureturunit as outlined in the section “Ser

vice

fied check or moneyUnder Warranty” along with a cer

 

 

 

r

order for the cor ect amount. Payment may also be made

 

by MasterCard,

VISA and

American

Express;

personal

 

. In thechecksevent are not accepted

 

epairs cannot be

ce fee, you will becovercontactedby the minimum ser

 

 

 

 

by a Whistler technical service specialist who will outline

 

options available to you. If you elect not to have your unit

 

repaired/replaced, it will bendreturto you along with

 

tified checkyourorcermoney or

 

 

der.

 

 

 

 

vice,IMPORTANT:be

Whenningreturyour unit for ser

 

 

 

taincerto include a daytime telephone number

.

 

vice

Customer Ser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have questions concerning the operation of your

ter

Whistler inver

 

, or

requireviceduringser or

after

the

 

 

rantywar period, please

call

Customer

Ser

 

vice at

 

1-800-531-0004.Representatives are available to answer your

 

questions Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT).

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