Last night when I turned on my microwave, it ran for about 10 seconds and kicked off my inverter. That's usually not a big deal because my microwave and my inverter are both about 1000 Watts so the microwave is about all my inverter can handle and kicking off the inverter happens every now and then, but this time the inverter didn't come back on.
Since it was dark outside and I didn't want to go out and check the inverter itself, which is in the front storage compartment, I just checked all of the normal things inside the Arctic Fox that you would check when something kicks off. I checked the breakers first, then fuses, then switched the on and off switch a couple times, and finally tapped on the inside wall to see if it had fallen asleep, but nothing helped.
First thing this morning I got out my electrical tester that has wires hanging from it, lots of Dials and buttons all over, and switches with hieroglyphic names , none of which I know how to use, but the mere sight of me holding this thing not only makes some electrical components start working again but impresses anyone who may be looking on with my ability to use such a gadget. And after waiving this gadget around in front of the inverter for a few minutes I determined that the inverter was not working.
I called the factory that made the infernal beast and after discussing the problem with a couple of people that couldn't help me I finally got shuffled off to the department that handles nonworking inverters, And after explaining the problem to them they determined that the inverter was not working.
Being in possession of a nonworking inverter, which means I no longer have any AC power, is not as horrible as it first seemed. I gave some thought to what I use AC power for and how I can deal without it for a while.
In my case I use AC power to run my television, which I seldom turn on, run my microwave, which is not a big deal to live without. And to charge my laptop, cell phone, camera and drone batteries, Those things are very important, my life revolves around those things. What to do, what to do.
In my truck I carry a little portable 750 watt inverter for running gadgets that don't use a car charger. So I brought it into the Arctic Fox, plugged it into a 12 volt cigarette lighter type plug which I then used to charge up my laptop and my cell phone. So it looks like I'm covered for battery charging. And as for the TV and the microwave I can live comfortably without them for a while.
Figuring that I needed an inverter powerful enough to run the microwave without getting the vapors, I ordered a 2000 watt inverter that should last longer because it won't be running at its limit when the microwave is going. You would think I would've thought of that before I bought an inverter too small to do the job. Oh well, life goes on.
A Saguaro forest, they don't make very much shade. And you definitely don't want to hug one.