posted on Mar, 5 2014 @ 12:08 PM
You sound like you are very committed to your design with the larger inverters and such so I will not make any suggestions there but I do have one for
you if you want to get your costs down more.
You have listed several large gauge wires that have ends crimped on them. If you have any mechanical skills and want to take a little time to make
them yourself, you can cut costs quite a bit in that area. Basically you need the proper gauge and length wire for your application and you can
allow for further upgrades to your system by upsizing the wire slightly with future needs in mind. Go to your local hardware store or electrical
supply and get the wire sold by the foot, some lug ends and, if you want to go the extra bit and make it fancy and better insulated on the connector
lug, some heat-shrink tubing.
The large lugs are typically made by a staking tool or some electricians have crimping dies in large hand-held crimpers or hydraulic presses that can
do it. I have one similar to this one Listed on Amazon.com
workshop for the occasional use as I do a bit of custom wiring every now and again, you just set the stripped cable into the lug, place the lug under
the anvil and strike it down with a small sledge hammer. You might even know an electrician or a car-audio shop technician who can whip these together
over a beer (or two
You have listed $70 for what I perceive to be about $20 in materials and time if you have a way to assemble them.
Also, the remote control switch for the inverter can probably be salvaged from a standard phone (RJ-12) cable and a toggle switch if you can solder.
-ETA: If you look here Cobra Remote Link
, you will see that the
remote control panel uses the 4-wire RJ12 phone cable and directs one pair of wires to a lighted switch (think doorbell button) and the other pair to
an LED. I do not know if there is a resistor in series with the LED but a 1-4.7 K Ohm should do it if needed.
I hope that inspires you a bit more.
edit on 5-3-2014 by evc1shop because: wiring extra