Innovation/Fabrication. Need simple/easy inverter sound solution

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gjschex

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My inverter was installed in a cabinet under the dining room seat and stuck to the top of the battery compartment. My issue is that I can't move it, I can't hear the warning sound beeping (because the cabinet defuses the sound), and the battery dies.

I'd like to know if anyone can help me innovate a simple/easy solution, for a gal with limited ability and strength, so I can hear the sound when it goes off without having to pay someone to relocate it. And I see there's really nowhere else to place it. I have a 1992 Toyota Dolphin.

1) Unless I open the cabinet door, I can't hear the beeping. I can't leave the cabinet door open because it opens from the top and lays on the floor. If I tie it up somehow leaving is partially open far enough to hear it, that could create an accident.
2) There is a golf size hole already placed calf high when seated and that still doesn't allow me to hear the beeping.

Perhaps I can't use my computer at all then. I was watching a movie using my 5g hotspot with my computer battery until it was running out. Then I plugged into the inverter to charge it up while finishing up the movie. Everything died before movie completed; generator, 100 solar panel, converter, inverter. It had also been cloudy for 3 days.

Thanks!

 

Arch Hoagland

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HueyPilotVN is smarter than he looks.....

$19 for a baby monitor.

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John From Detroit

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Many inverters have an optional remote.. If yours does that's the easiest solution.. NOt only does it hve a BEEPER in the remote but you can now see what's going on and make "Adjustments"

Same compartment as battery is a very bad place for the inverter by the way
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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If not the baby monitor type of thing, how about drilling a hole or opening up that existing golf ball size hole?

Hearing the warning beep isn't going to make anything work longer - it just gives you a minute or two to stop what you are doing.  You need to be more aware of the battery state of charge and go easy on the inverter when the charge is low. For example, trying to charge the computer AND watch a movie at the same time when you know the battery is low (cloudy - no solar) is not very wise.  The battery can only do so much!

Do you have any sort of battery monitor, even a simple voltage gauge? That would give you some idea of how low the battery charge is. That, in fact, is how the inverter decides to start beeping - the voltage is getting low.  If you have a 12v outlet (cigarette lighter socket) available in the RV, you can plug in a simple voltage display. Something like this:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/4-in-1-Dual-USB-Car-Charger-Adapter-3-1A-Cigarette-Lighter-Voltage-Volt-Meter-Monitor-Current-Protection-Blue-LED-Display-Voltage-Amps-Temperature-De/982167805
 

Gizmo100

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Welcome to the RV Forum gjschex

Depending on the face of the cabinet door. Cut a hole in the door and install a vent cover. That will allow the sound to pass though as well as provide some ventilation for the inverter.

But keeping a eye on the voltage is a better idea. Depleting the battery to the point of shutdown is never a good idea
 

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Go to Home Depot and get a grill like this.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-14-in-x-8-in-White-Return-Air-Grille-E170-14X08/300539613
 

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