POTEK Power Inverter 500W Owner’s Manual

POTEK Power Inverter 500W Owner’s Manual & troubleshooting

POTEK Power Inverter 500W Owner’s Manual  & troubleshooting 1POWER INVERTER 500W
OWNER’S MANUAL
MODELS
PI500-AP/ PI500-AP-RED
POWER INVERTER
Converts 12V DC Battery Power to AC Household Power

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Pursuant to California Proposition 65,
this product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

  1. SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
    This manual contains important safety and operating instructions for power inverter 500W . This manual will show you how to use your inverter safely and effectively. Please read, understand and follow these instructions and precautions carefully.
  2.  Keep out of reach of children.
  3. Do not expose the inverter to rain or snow.
  4.  Use of an attachment not recommended
    or sold by the unit manufacturer may result in a risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons.
  5. Do not disassemble the unit; take it to a qualified serviceman when service or repair is required. Incorrect reassembly may result in a risk in of electric shock or fire.
  6.  To reduce the risk of electric shock, unplug the unit from the outlet before attempting any maintenance or cleaning. Turning off controls will not reduce this risk.
  7. For the most effective use, place the power inverter on a flat surface.
  8. Do not place the inverter on or near heating vents, radiators or other sources of heat or flammable materials.
  9. Do not place the inverter in direct sunlight. The ideal air temperature for operation is between 50° and  80°F.
  10. Only connect the power inverter to a 12V battery or power supply. Do not attempt to connect the inverter to any other power source, including an AC power source.  Connecting to a 6V or 16V battery will cause damage to the inverter.
  11. Do not use the inverter with a product that draws a higher wattage than the inverter can provide, as this may cause damage to the inverter and product.

FEATURES

  • ON/OFF rocker switch
  • LED indicator
    Green indicates Power ON Red indicates Overload/Interruptionin power
  •  12 Volt power cord
  •  120V standard AC outlets (2)
  • USB port – 5V, 2.0A
  • High-speed cooling fan
    To keep the inverter cool, the fan turns on depending on the load on the inverter or temperature in the inverter. The fans do not run when the inverter is turned off.
  • Positive Battery Cable Terminal (Red)
  • Negative Battery Cable Terminal (Black)

CONNECTING INVERTER CABLES

The inverter and power source must be in the OFF mode.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to connect your inverter only to a 12 volt power supply.

CONNECTING  INVERTER CABLES TO THE INVERTER

  1.  Locate the Positive and Negative terminals on the inverter.
  2. From the POSITIVE (RED) and the NEGATIVE (BLACK) terminals, remove the nut, split lock and flat washer.
  3.  Place the POSITIVE (RED) ring connector onto the POSITIVE (RED) inverter terminal. Place the NEGATIVE (BLACK) ring connector onto the NEGATIVE (BLACK) inverter terminal.
  4. Place a flat washer and split lock on top of each ring connector. Put a nut over these and tighten.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  Connect the inverter (see Connecting  Inverter Cables section.
  2. Switch the inverter’s ON/OFF switch to the ON (I) position.
  3.  The GREEN LED indicator will light, indicating the inverter is receiving power.
  4. Switch the inverter’s ON/OFF switch to the OFF (O) position. (The GREEN LED may flash briefly and /or the internal speaker may make a brief “beep”. This is normal.)
  5. Make sure the device to be operated is turned OFF.
  6. Plug the device into the inverter’s AC outlet.
  7. Switch the inverter’s ON/OFF switch to the ON (I) position.
  8. Turn the device on.
  9. To disconnect, reverse the above procedure.

NOTE: If more than one device is to be powered, start one device at a time, to avoid a power surge and overloading the inverter. The surge load of each device should not exceed the inverter’s Continuous Operation wattage rate.
IMPORTANT: Using the inverter with some rechargeable, devices may damage the inverter and/or device. If
you are using the inverter to operate a rechargeable device, monitor the temperature of the inverter for about 10 minutes. If the inverter becomes abnormally hot, disconnect it from the device immediately; do not use the device with the inverter.

POWER SOURCE

Your average automobile battery at full charge will provide an ample power supply to the inverter when the engine is on. Keep the car running at all times when using the inverter. The actual length of time the inverter will function depends on the age and condition of the battery and the power demand being placed by the device being operated with the inverter. When possible, recharge your batteries when they are not more than 50%   discharged. This gives the batteries a  much longer life cycle than recharging when they are more deeply discharged.

The power inverter has a battery low voltage shutdown at 10V±0.5V DC. With moderate to heavy loads, this will protect against over-discharging the battery. If the inverter is running only light loads it is advisable to recharge before the inverter low voltage shutdown point is reached.
IMPORTANT: The inverter draws low amperage from the battery with the main ON/OFF switch turned on  and no load connected. To prevent battery discharge,  turn the inverter off when you are not using it.

 LED INDICATOR AND SHUTDOWN PROTECTION

The Green LED lights automatically when the inverter is plugged into a 12 volt DC power source and is turned  on. The Red LED lights, the alarm sounds, and the inverter automatically turn itself off  under the following conditions:

  1.  When the power input from the vehicle’s battery drops to approximately 10.5 volts, the low voltage alarm will sound. When the voltage goes down below 10 VDC, the inverter shuts off.  Recharge or replace the battery.
  2. When the power input from the vehicle’s battery exceeds 16 volts, high voltage protection occurs.
  3. The continuous load demand from the equipment or device being operated exceeds the continuous load rating of the inverter. Use a higher capacity inverter or lower-rated device.
  4. The thermal resistor exceeds 80° C (176° F.) Allow the inverter to cool. Do not block the cooling slots or airflow over and through the inverter  Reduce the load on the inverter to the continuous rated output.

RESET: To reset after shutdown occurs, switch the inverter’s ON/OFF switch to the OFF (O) position.  Check the source of the problem and correct. Switch the inverter’s ON/OFF switch to the ON (I) position.

IF THE INVERTER’S FUSE BLOWS

Your power inverter is fitted with fuses which should not have to be replaced under normal operating conditions. A blown fuse is usually caused by reverse polarity or a short circuit within the device or equipment being operated. If a fuse does blow, take the inverter to a qualified technician for repair.

MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Before each use, ensure that all of the inverter’s components are in place and in good working condition.
  2.  After use and before performing maintenance, unplug and disconnect the inverter.
  3.  Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe the external surfaces of the inverter’s case.
  4. Servicing does not require opening the unit, as there are no user-serviceable parts. All servicing should be performed by qualified service personnel.
  5. Store inside, in a cool, dry place, out of the reach of children.
  6. Recycle or properly dispose of internal electrical components.

TROUBLESHOOTING

PROBLEM POSSIBLE CAUSE REASON/SOLUTION
Red LED is on, an audible alarm is on, and/or inverter does not function. Poor contact at terminals OVP/OLP. Unplug and reinsert the 12V plug or check connections at the power supply.
No LEDs or output. Fuse has blown. See if an inverter fuse blows section.
No output or intermittent output. Inverter shutdown. See LED indicator and shutdown protection section.

 SPECIFICATIONS

Nominal input voltage ……………………………………………………………………….12.8-13.2 VDC
Nominal output voltage ……………………………………………………………………..115±10% VAC
Output frequency ………………………………………………………………………………………60±3 Hz
Operating input voltage ……………………………………………………………………..10.0-15.0 VDC
Continuous output power …………………………………………………………………….. Up to 500 W
Surge output power ……………………………………………………………………………………1000 W
Waveform ………………………………………………………………………………….Modified sine wave
Efficiency (typical)…………………………………………………………………………………………. 86%
Typical No Load Current (at nominal input voltage) ……………………………………….0.5 ADC
Input overvoltage shutdown ………………………………………………………………..15.5±0.5 VDC
Input undervoltage alarm ……………………………………………………………………10.5±0.5 VDC
Input low voltage shutdown…………………………………………………………………10.0±0.5 VDC
Output power overload shutdown level ………………………………………………………550±50 W
Input fuse …………………………………………………………………………………………………..2×30 A
AC receptacles………………………………………………………………………Two, NEMA 5-15 the USA
USB port ……………………………………………………………………………………………. One, 5V 2A
Battery cables ………………………………………………………………………………..10AWG, 21.6 in
Cable with 12V accessory plug …………………………………………………………16AWG, 35.4 in

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