48V DC to 120V AC inverter for Polaris Ranger EV
Our family has a Polaris Ranger EV which we seem to use all the time. “Evy” as we sometimes call her is an extremely capable off road vehicle and the performance, torque and ride are all outstanding. I prefer it over any gas powered UTV (utility vehicle) or ATV (all-terrain-vehicle) that I’ve driven, that includes: John Deere Gators, Kawasaki Mules, Yamahas, Hondas… the list goes on!
It is absolutely splendid to be able to drive around the farm and on trails without using ANY gas. We charge the EV using solar power so that makes it even nicer IMHO. One feature that would make the EV more useful for work and play would be an AC outlet for power tools or any other standard AC electrical devices.
The EV has a nice set of eight batteries, setup for 48V DC:
1. The main power batteries on the EV & LSV are 12v deep cycle, 4 on each side.
2. Each side ( 4 12 v batteries) is connected in series to equal 48 v.
3. Then the 2 sides (48 v banks) are connected in parallel, still resulting in 48 v net
(Thanks to commenter DJ for the 1-3 info)
It also has a 12V “cigarette lighter” style outlet, but that 12V outlet has very limited output capabilities. So, in order to add AC output capability to the EV, a 48V DC to 120V AC inverter is in order!
Sadly, the options for 48V inverters are fairly limited compared to 12V or 24V inverters. Outback makes some nice high-end 48V inverters with 2kW+ output, but they are big and expensive. They are also a bit of overkill for my purposes. So I’ve been searching for a nice 48V DC to 120V AC inverter. There are a number of cheap low-end Chinese made options out there, but from my research a lot of them don’t put out anywhere near their rated # of watts.
Finally, I found a nice 48V inverter at a decent price, a 1500W NOVA Electronics model:
(more info can be found at the manufacturer’s product page)
Last night I placed an order for the inverter and once it arrives I’ll post installation photos and info.
UPDATE: the installation went well! We went with a quick disconnect connector so the AC inverter can be used when desired and stored when not in use. It has worked admirably for power tools, shopvacs and anything else we have thrown at it! Photos to be added soon…