12 volt vs 24 volt with inverter use

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Jun 22, 2008 05:36 pm
12 volt vs 24 volt with inverter use

If I have a 12 volt inverter with a 12 volt paralleled battery bank, can I do series/parallel wiring to the same battery bank and still use the same 12 volt inverter or will it cook it because I would then be at a 24 volt battery bank?

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Jun 27, 2008 06:55 pm
Re: 12 volt vs 24 volt with inverter use

It depends. You write that you have "12 volt paralleled battery bank" but you do not say wether it is; 2-12v batteries or, 4-6v batteries. If 6-2v batteries then no.
If you wire your batteries for 24 volts nominal and you have a multimeter, you can find which two terminals will give you 12 volts.
But I do not recommend doing this. For one thing, as the batteries age, it can cause big problems. Besides, why take the chance on damaging something?
The best practice is to wire and utilize the batteries at one nominal voltage.

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