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Don't build this seemingly simple 12V to mains inverter circuit

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by Harald Kapp, Mar 10, 2016.

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  1. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

    Nov 17, 2011
    Many people have asked on this forum for 12V to mains inverters.
    Here's a video explaining the shortcomings of this ubiquitous simple circuit (and probably many similar circuits):

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  2. cjdelphi


    Oct 26, 2011
    Well, that's what a MOV is for to shunt unwanted voltage, driving sensitive stuff is a no go but... power tools, lights it's better than darkness in an emergency
  3. Gryd3


    Jun 25, 2014
    I saw this too. Thanks for sharing.
    Good point. Would be good to advertise this circuit as such though... I'm sure a number of people have cooked things not understanding it's limitations.
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