OWNER’S MANUAL
Power Inverter PI-100SL
Converts DC Battery Power to
AC Household Power
Includes 12 Volt Accessory Plug
with Airplane Adaptor
CAUTION:
Read all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions,
and follow them with each use of this product.
Schumacher Electric Corporation
Mount Prospect, IL 60056 U.S.A.
Send Warranty Product Repairs to:
Customer Service Returns
P.O. Box 280, 1025 E. Thompson
Hoopeston, IL 60942-0280
Questions? Call Customer Service: 1-800-621-5485
00-99-000665/0806
important safety INSTRUCTIONS
save these instructions
Before using your PI-100SL, read and understand this
Owner’s Manual.
• Keep the inverter well ventilated in order to properly disperse heat generated while it is in use. Make sure there
are several inches of clearance around the top and sides
of the inverter. Do Not block the slots of the inverter.
• Make sure the inverter is not close to any potential source
of flammable fumes, gases or clothing.
• Keep the inverter dry.
• DO NOT allow it to come into contact with rain or moisture.
• DO NOT operate the inverter if you, the inverter, the device
being operated or any other surfaces that may come in
contact with any power source are wet. Water and many
other liquids can conduct electricity, which may lead to
serious injury.
• Do not place the inverter on or near heating vents, radiators, other sources of heat or flammable materials.
• Do not place the inverter in direct sunlight. The ideal air
temperature for operation is between 50° and 80°F.
• Do not use near open engine compartment.
• Only connect the power inverter to a 12-volt accessory
outlet or 12-volt airplane power outlet. Make sure the AC
plug and/or USB connection is tight.
• Do not modify the AC or USB receptacle in any way.
• Use only 15-amp fuses.
• This device does not include an internal Ground Fault Circuit
Interrupter (GFCI). For GFCI protection, use a Coleman
Cable 02822 GFCI outlet.
WARNING: Handling the cord on this product or cords associated with accessories sold with this product, may expose
you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to
cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Wash hands after handling.
Before Using PI-100SL power inverter
It is important to know the continuous wattage of the device
you plan to use with the inverter. The PI-100SL must be used
with devices drawing 100 watts or less. If the wattage is not
marked on the device, an estimate can be made by multiplying the AC input current (Amps) by the AC voltage (110V).
Devices like TVs, fans or electric motors require additional
power to start (commonly known as the “starting or peak
power”). The PI-100SL can supply a momentary surge in
wattage; however even devices rated less than the maximum
100 watts can exceed the inverters surge capability and
cause an automatic overload shutdown.
Make sure the device you are using is compatible with a
modified sine wave inverter.
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Plugging into an airplane power or 12V accessory outlet:
1. Plug the included power cable into the inverter. Note the
plug will only fit into the outlet one way.
2. If using a 12 volt accessory outlet, push the adapter into
the airplane power plug firmly. Note the plug will only fit
into the outlet one way. Press the plug into the power
outlet firmly.
3. The LED indicator light should glow GREEN verifying
the inverter is receiving power. If the LED indicator glows
RED, read Troubleshooting.
4. Make sure that the device to be operated is turned OFF.
Plug the device into the PI-100SL AC outlet or USB outlet
and turn the device on.
Note: A ‘’buzzing’’ sound emitted from inexpensive
sound systems is the result of ineffective filters in the
sound system. This can be resolved by purchasing a
sound system with a higher quality power supply or
higher quality filter.
POWER SOURCE
Your average automobile or marine battery at full charge
will provide an ample power supply to the inverter for approximately 3 hours when the engine is off. The actual length
of time the inverter will function depends on the age and
condition of the battery and the power demand being placed
by the device being operated with the inverter.
Before starting the engine, disconnect the inverter’s plug
from the 12V accessory outlet. To maintain battery power,
run the engine every 2 to 3 hours for approximately 10
minutes to recharge the battery. While the PI-100SL draws
very low amperage when not in use, it should be unplugged
to avoid battery drain.
USAGE EXAMPLES
Device Type
Estimate Wattage
Cell Phones, MP 3 Players,
PDAs
10 watts
Radios
15 watts
Portable CD
50 watts
Laptop Computers
60-80 watts
Video Games
80 watts
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM: RED LED is on.
Reason/Solution
1. Too much power draw.
Unplug and reinsert PI-100SL.
Use a smaller device or use a larger inverter.
2. Inverter is too hot.
Increase ventilation to inverter.
Move inverter to a cooler area.
Reduce the power consumption of the device.
Inverter will automatically reset after cooling.
3. Input voltage is too high or too low.
Verify you are using a 12V power source with a voltage
between 10.5 – 15.0V DC.
PROBLEM: LEDs do not light, inverter does not
function.
Reason/Solution
1. Poor contact at terminals.
Unplug and reinsert PI-100SL.
2. Fuse blows
A blown fuse is usually caused by reverse polarity or a short circuit within the inverter. To replace,
remove the old fuse and insert a new 15 amp fuse
(mini spade type).
3. Inverter may be defective.
See warranty and call Customer Service 800-6215485 (Hours: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST).
SPECIFICATIONS
Maximum Continuous Power...............................100 Watts
Surge Capacity (Peak Power)..............................200 Watts
No Load Current Draw........................................<0.4 Amps
Wave Form........................................... Modified Sine Wave
Input Voltage Range...................................10.5 – 15.0V DC
Output Voltage...........................................110V – 125V AC
Low Battery Shutdown............................ 10.2V – 10.6V DC
High Battery Shutdown........................... 15.0V – 16.0V DC
Optimum Efficiency.....................................................>85%
Dimensions...........................................5.8"H x 3.4"W x 1"D
Product Weight.................................... Approximately .8lbs.
AC Receptacles.............................. One, 110V AC 3-Prong
Fuse.................................... One, 15 Amp (mini spade type)
DC Outlets........................................One, USB 5V 0.5 Amp
REPLACEMENT PARTS
15 Amp Fuses (Littelfuse ® mini spade type)
Can be purchased at most electronic component retailers.
12V Accessory Plug and
(1) Airplane Adapter with Cable
22-99-001494
Limited Warranty
Schumacher Electric Corporation warrants your inverter to be free
from defects in material and workmanship, excepting abuse or misuse, for a period of two years from the date of sale to the original
user or consumer purchaser. If your inverter malfunctions or fails
within the 24-month warranty period because of a defect in material
or workmanship, we will repair it without charge or replace it.
This warranty is in lieu of all other express warranties. The duration
of any implied warranty, including but not limited to, any implied
warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose
made in respect to your unit, is limited to the period of the express
warranty set forth above.
For warranty service, return your inverter as well as proof of
purchase to the factory or a designated agent:
Schumacher Electric Corporation,
Warranty Service Department
1025 E. Thompson, P.O. Box 280,
Hoopeston, IL 60942-0280
Phone: 800-621-5485 (Hours: 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST)
You will be responsible for all insurance and freight or other transportation charges to the factory or point of repair. We will return
your inverter freight prepaid if repair is covered under warranty.
Your inverter should be properly packed to avoid damage in transit
since we will not be responsible for any such damage.
In no event shall Schumacher Electric Corporation be liable for
consequential damages. Some states do not allow limitations on
the length of the implied warranty or the exclusion or limitations of
incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or
exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific
legal rights and you may also have other rights which may vary
from state to state.