Introduction
Our Thanks To You
Thank you for purchasing the CobraMarine™ CPI M1500 Power Inverter.
Properly used, this product will give you many years of reliable service.
Operating Instructions
How Your CobraMarine™ Power Inverter Works
The CobraMarine™ Power Inverter is an electronic product that has been designed and
built to take low voltage DC (Direct Current) power from your boat, RV, automobile or
other low voltage power supplies and CONVERT it to standard 115 volt AC (Alternating
Current) power like the current you have in your home. This conversion process
thereby allows you to use many of your household appliances and electronic products
in automobiles, RVs, boats, tractors, trucks and virtually anywhere else.
Customer Assistance
Customer Assistance
Should you encounter any problems with this product, or not understand its many
features, please refer to this owner’s manual. If you require further assistance after
reading this manual, Cobra® Electronics offers the following customer assistance services:
For Assistance In the U.S.A.
Automated Help Desk English only.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week 773-889-3087 (phone).
Customer Assistance Operators English and Spanish.
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday (except holidays)
773-889-3087 (phone).
Questions English and Spanish.
Faxes can be received at 773-622-2269 (fax).
Technical Assistance English only.
www.cobra.com (on-line: Frequently Asked Questions).
English and Spanish. productinfo@cobra.com (e-mail).
For Assistance Outside the U.S.A.
Contact Your Local Dealer
1500 WATT MARINE POWER INVERTER
CPI M1500
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Part No. 480-077-P
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Controls/Indicators and Product Features
Introduction
Features
• GFCI Outlet with
Two AC Receptacles
• Conformal Coating*
• Tinned Wiring*
• Volts and Amps Meters
• Remote On/Off Operation
• Automatic Thermal
Protection/Shutdown
Volts & Amps Meters
• Reverse Polarity
Protection
• Low Battery Alarm
• Low Battery Shutdown
Remote On/Off
Switch Jack
GFCI Outlet
Overload & Over
Temp. Indicators
Table of Contents
Introduction
Introduction
Our Thanks to You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Controls and Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2
Product Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2
Important Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Quick Evaluation Before Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Installation
Installation Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Connecting Cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Power Consumption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Ground Wiring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Remote On/Off Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
On/Off Power
Switch
Operation
Status Indicator
Reset Button (Red)
Test Button (Black)
Negative Battery
Cable Terminal
(Black)
Ground Terminal
Cooling Fans
Positive Battery
Cable Terminal
(Red)
Turning Your Inverter On or Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Remote On/Off Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
GFCI Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Power and Protection Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Operating Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Troubleshooting Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Warranty
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Customer Assistance
* To help resist corrosion
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Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Product Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Accessories and Order Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
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Introduction
Important Safety Information
Important Safety Information
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Before installing and using your CobraMarine™ Power Inverter, please read
these general precautions and warnings.
Caution and Warning Statements
To make the most of this inverter, it must be installed and used properly.
Please read the installation and operating instructions carefully before
installing and using it. Special attention must be paid to the CAUTION and
WARNING statements in the manual.
CAUTION Statements specify conditions which could cause damage to the
unit or other equipment.
WARNING Statements identify conditions that could result in personal
injury or loss of life.
General Precautions
1. Never install the inverter in a boat’s engine compartment where gas and battery
fumes are present.
2. Do not operate the inverter if it has been dropped or damaged in any way.
3. Do not open the inverter; it contains no user-serviceable parts. Attempting to service
unit could cause electrical shock.
NOTE Internal components remain charged after all power is disconnected.
4. Do not expose the inverter to rain, snow, bilge water or spray.
5. Do not obstruct the ventilation openings.
6. Do not install the inverter in zero-clearance compartment.
CAUTION This inverter should be used in negative ground applications only.
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Introduction
Important Safety Information
WARNING Power inverters contain components that may produce arcs
or sparks. To prevent fire or explosion, do not install the inverter in areas
or compartments containing batteries or flammable materials or in locations
that require ignition-protected equipment.
WARNING To reduce the risk of fire, do not cover or obstruct the ventilation
openings. Do not install inverter in zero-clearance compartment.
Caution: Rechargeable Appliances
Certain chargers for small nickel cadmium batteries can be damaged if connected to
the CobraMarine™ M1500 Power Inverter. Two (2) particular types of equipment are
prone to this problem:
Plug In Directly
Dangerous Voltages
Introduction
Important Safety Information
CobraMarine™ M1500 Output Waveform
The output waveform is referred to as “square wave” or “modified sine wave.” It is a
stepped waveform designed to have characteristics similar to the sine wave shape of
utility power. A waveform of this nature is suitable for most AC loads (including linear
and switching power suppliers used in electronic equipment, transformers and motors).
Some very sensitive electronic equipment may not operate satisfactorily on “square
wave” or “modified sine wave.”
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlet
Test the GFCI periodically to make sure it is operating properly
(see page 16 for details).
1. Small battery-operated appliances such as flashlights,
razors, and night lights that can be plugged directly into
an AC receptacle to recharge.
2. Certain battery chargers for battery packs used in hand
power tools. These chargers have a WARNING label stating
that dangerous voltages are present at the battery terminals.
This problem does not occur with the vast majority of battery-operated equipment.
Most use a separate charger or transformer that is plugged into the AC receptacle
and produces a low voltage output. If the label on the AC adapter or charger states
that it produces a low voltage AC or DC output (less than 30 volts), the inverter
will have no problem powering the adapter safely.
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Quick Evaluation Before Installation
Quick Evaluation Before Installation
Introduction
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This section provides you with basic information about the inverter and how
to check its performance before installation.
Be Sure to Have on Hand:
A 12 volt DC power source (such as a vehicle battery).
Power Supply
The power source must provide between 11 and 15 volts
DC and be able to supply enough current to run the test
load. As a rough guide, divide the wattage of the test load
by 10 to get the current (in amperes) the power source
must deliver.
Cables to connect the power source to the inverter (not included).
The cables must be as short and thick as possible in order to reduce the voltage
drop between the power source and the inverter when drawing current from the
power source.
If the cable suffers an excessive voltage drop, the inverter may shut down when
drawing higher currents because the voltage at the inverter dropped below 10 volts.
#4 AWG stranded copper cable is recommended. It should be no longer than
1.5 meters (4 feet).
The end of the cable that connects to the inverter must have its insulation stripped
off for about 1⁄ 2 inch (1.25 cm) back from the end, exposing the bare copper.
The other end of the cable, which connects to the power source, must be
terminated with a lug or other connector that provides a secure, low resistance
connection.
For example, if the power source is a battery, the cable must be terminated
with a battery terminal that clamps to the post on the battery.
A test load that can be plugged into the AC receptacle on the inverter for short
term testing at a low power level. The following cables are recommended for
testing low power level test loads only.
Test Load
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Test Load Power
100w
250w
500w
Quick Evaluation Before Installation
To Check Your Inverter’s Performance Before Installation:
On/Off Switch to Off
Connect Terminals
1. Turn the inverter Off (see page 15 for details).
If the power source is a DC power supply,
switch it Off as well.
2. Connect cables to Power Input Terminals
(see page 8 for details).
3. Connect cables to Power Source
(see page 8 for details).
4. Check to make sure all connections are secure.
Connect Power Source
5. Turn the inverter On. If the power source is
a DC power supply, switch it On first.
6. Plug in the test load.
On/Off Switch to On
Connect Test Load
The inverter should supply power to the load.
If the inverter is not working properly, refer to
the Troubleshooting Guide on page 21 or Power
and Protection Indicators section on page 18.
7. Test the GFCI Outlet (see page 16 for details).
Test GFCI Outlet
Minimum Cable Size
#16 AWG copper
#12 AWG copper
#8 AWG copper
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Installation
Installation Requirements
Installation Requirements
Installation
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The inverter must be installed in an area that meets all of the following requirements:
A. Dry
Do not place in an area where water can drip or splash on the inverter.
B. Cool
Ambient air temperature should be between 30°F and 105°F (0°C and 40°C).
The cooler the better.
C. Ventilate
Allow at least 1 inch (3 cm) of clearance around the inverter for proper airflow.
Make sure that ventilation openings on the ends of the unit are not obstructed.
D. Safe
Do not install the inverter in the same compartment as a battery or in any
compartment that contains flammable liquids such as gasoline.
E. Close to Battery
Install unit as close to battery as possible (without being in the same compartment)
to minimize the length of cable required to connect the inverter to the battery. It is
better and cheaper to run longer AC wires than longer DC wires (cables).
CAUTION To avoid fire, do not cover or obstruct ventilation openings. Do
not install inverter in a zero-clearance compartment. Overheating may result.
CAUTION The inverter must only be connected to batteries with a nominal
output voltage of 12 volts. It will not work with a 6 volt battery, and will be
damaged if it is connected to a 16 volt battery.
Mounting
Mounting
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To Mount Your Inverter:
1. Place the inverter on a flat surface with the mounting bracket against
the mounting surface.
Mounting Brackets
2. Mount to secure surface using mounting hardware that is corrosion
resistant (not included).
Mounting Hardware
The inverter can be mounted horizontally or vertically.
WARNING This unit contains components which can produce arcs or sparks.
To prevent fire or explosion, do not install in compartments containing a
battery or flammable materials, or in a location which requires ignition
protected equipment.
WARNING This unit is suitable for installation in negative ground applications
only. Do not attempt to install to a positive ground application.
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Installation
Connecting Cables
Connecting Cables (not included)
Power wire and wiring are very important to the performance of the inverter.
Because the inverter has a low voltage, high current input, low resistance wiring
is essential between the battery and inverter. This is so it can deliver the maximum
amount of energy to the load.
Use only copper wire. Aluminum wire has about 1⁄3 more resistance than copper
wire of the same size, plus it is difficult to make good, low-resistance connections
to aluminum wire.
We recommend #4 AWG copper cable (90°C insulation rating) as the minimum
size for connections between the battery and inverter.
Keep the cable length as short as possible, no more than 4 feet (1.5 meters).
This will keep the voltage drop to a minimum.
If the cable has too much voltage drop, the inverter may shut down when drawing
higher currents because voltage at the inverter may drop below 10 volts. If you
must use longer cables, choose thicker cables, such as #2 AWG, and trim the
ends of the cable to fit the terminals.
To Connect the Cables Between the Inverter and the Battery:
1. Turn the On/Off Switch on the inverter to the Off position. If the power
source is a DC power supply, switch it Off as well.
Turn On/Off Switch to Off
Installation
•
Connecting Cables
Strip the Insulation
3. Connect cables to the Power Input Terminals on right side panel of the inverter. The
red terminal is positive (+) and the black terminal is negative (-). Insert the bare ends
of the cables into the terminals and tighten the screws to clamp the wires safely.
Insert Bare Cables
4. Connect cables to the power source:
a. Connect each cable from the Negative (Black) Terminal of inverter to the
Negative Terminal of the power source. Make a secure connection.
b. Connect each cable from the Positive (Red) Terminal of the inverter to the
Positive Terminal of the power source (the battery’s main fuse or the battery
selector switch, if you are using one). Make a secure connection.
Connect Cables
2. On the end of the cable that connects to the inverter, strip back the
insulation about 1⁄2 inch (1.25 cm), exposing the bare copper conductor.
You might observe a spark when you make this connection,
since current can flow to charge capacitors in the inverter.
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Installation
Connecting Cables
All power connections to your CobraMarine™ Power Inverter must be
Positive To Positive and Negative To Negative.
CAUTION Electrical installations must meet local and national wiring codes,
and should be performed by a qualified electrician.
CAUTION Do not connect the inverter and another AC source (such as a
generator or utility power) to the AC wiring at the same time. The inverter
will be damaged if its output is connected to AC voltage from another
source. Damage can even occur if the inverter is switched Off.
CAUTION Do not connect the inverter to an AC branch circuit that has highpower consumption loads. It will not operate electric heaters, air conditioners,
stoves, and other electrical appliances that consume more than 1500 watts.
CAUTION Loose connectors result in excessive voltage drop and may cause
overheated wires and melted insulation.
CAUTION Reverse polarity connections (positive to negative) will blow internal
fuses in the inverter and may permanently damage the unit. Such damage is
not covered by the warranty.
Installation
Connecting Cables
WARNING If you are making a permanent AC connection to the inverter,
make sure that the AC wiring steps are performed before any DC wiring is
done. (DC hook-up energizes internal components, regardless of the position
of the On/Off Switch). Working on AC connections in such a circumstance
may result in an electric shock.
WARNING 115 volt AC power is potentially lethal. Do not work on AC wiring
when it is connected to the inverter (even if it is switched Off) unless the DC
power source is physically disconnected from the inverter. Also, do not work
on AC wiring if it is connected to another AC power source such as a generator
or the utility line.
WARNING You may observe a spark when making the connection because
current can flow to charge the capacitors in the inverter. Do not make this
connection in the presence of flammable fumes. Explosion or fire may result.
Thoroughly ventilate the battery compartment before making this connection.
CAUTION We recommend a main fuse in the battery’s positive cable to protect
against DC wiring short circuits (external to the inverter). The fuse should be
as close to the battery as possible. We recommend a Buss Fuse ANL-250 or
equivalent. The specific fuse ampere rating should be sized to allow operation
of all your DC powered equipment.
CAUTION Remove any jewelry (watch, ring, etc.). Be careful not to short circuit
the battery with any metallic object (wrench, etc.).
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Power Consumption
Installation
Installation
Power Consumption
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For each piece of equipment you will be operating from the inverter, you must
determine the battery’s reserve capacity (how long the battery can deliver a
specific amount of current — in automotive batteries, usually 25 amperes) or
ampere-hour capacity (a measure of how many amperes a battery can deliver
for a specified length of time).
Example – Reserve capacity: a battery with a reserve capacity of 180 minutes
can deliver 25 amperes for 180 minutes before it is completely discharged.
Example – Ampere-hour capacity: a battery with an ampere-hour capacity of
100 ampere-hours can deliver 5 amperes for 20 hours before it is completely
discharged.
Ground Wiring
Ground Wiring
•
There is a screw on the rear panel for Chassis Ground. This is to connect the chassis
of the inverter to ground.
The Chassis Ground Screw must be connected to a grounding point, which will vary
depending on where the unit is installed. Use a #8 AWG copper wire (preferably with
green/yellow insulation) to connect the chassis ground screw to the grounding point.
Chassis Ground
To Determine the Battery Ampere-Hour Capacity You Require:
1. Determine how many watts each piece of equipment consumes. This can normally
be found on the product label. If only the current draw is given, multiply the current
draw by 115 to get the watt consumption.
2. Estimate the time (in hours) that each piece of equipment will be running between
battery charging cycles.
3. Calculate the total watt-hours of energy consumption (power x operating time) using
the average power consumption and the total estimated running time (in hours).
Power x Operating Time = Watt-Hours.
Laptop
100 Watts x 2 hours
= 200 Watt-Hours
TV/VCR (up to 25")
115 Watts x 3 hours
= 345 Watt-Hours
In a Vehicle:
Connect the Chassis Ground to the chassis of the vehicle.
In a Boat:
Connect to the Boat Grounding System.
In a Fixed Location:
Connect the Chassis Ground Screw to earth ground by connecting
to a ground rod (a metal rod pounded into the earth) or other proper
service entrance ground.
Blender
300 Watts x 15 minutes
= 75 Watt-Hours
4. Divide the watt-hours by ten (10) to determine how many power supply’s
(12 volt) ampere-hours will be consumed.
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Remote On/Off Switch
Remote On/Off Switch
The Remote On/Off Switch allows you to turn On or Off the CobraMarine™ Power
Inverters from a convenient location — up to 20 feet (6 meters) away — while the
inverter is mounted out of reach and sight.
To Install Remote On/Off Switch:
Cut Out Template
Mark Location
1. Select a location that is convenient for operation (and
where the Remote On/Off Switch assembly and cable
does not interfere with the driver or a passenger).
Be sure there is adequate clearance behind the panel
before drilling or cutting
4. Mark the location of the two screw holes and the square
to be cut out for the switch board.
5. Create two pilot holes for the screws.
Cut Out Square
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Power On or Off
Turning Your Inverter On or Off
•
Be sure to have your power inverter properly installed before attempting to
turn the unit On (see “Installation” page 6).
To Turn the Power Inverter On:
1. If a DC power supply is being used as the power source, switch it On.
2. On the left side panel, switch the On/Off Switch to On.
On/Off Switch to On
2. Cut out the mounting template included with this manual
on a separate card.
3. Position the template on the wall/surface where you want
to install the Remote On/Off Switch.
Drill Pilot Holes
Operation
6. Cut out the square from the template to accommodate
the switch board.
The inverter is now ready to deliver AC power to your loads. If several loads
are to be operated by the inverter, turn them On separately, after the inverter
has been turned On. This will ensure that the inverter does not have to deliver
the starting currents required for all the loads at once.
To Turn the Power Inverter Off:
1. On the left side panel, switch the On/Off Switch to Off.
On/Off Switch to Off
If cutting a square on the wall is not desirable, use bushings
(not included) to raise the switch assembly so that switch
board clears the wall.
Fasten Switch Plate
7. Fasten the switch plate using the two screws (included).
8. Connect the cable (RJ-11 connector) to the inverter’s
remote jack.
Connect Cable
If more than 20 feet of cable is required, use a 1-to-1 female
connector and a 4-wire conductor, phone extension cord with
RJ-11 male connectors on each end to extend the cable.
50 feet of cable is maximum recommended.
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Remote On/Off Switch
Operation
NOTE The On/Off Switch turns the control circuit in the inverter On and Off.
It does not disconnect power from the inverter.
To Test the GFCI Outlet:
On/Off Switch to On
When the switch is in the Off position, the inverter draws no current
from battery. When it’s in the On position, but no power is being supplied
to the load, the inverter draws less than 500 milliamperes from the battery.
This is low current draw. It would take more than a week to discharge a
100 ampere-hour battery at this rate depending on the age of the battery.
Remote On/Off Switch
GFCI Test
1. Turn the inverter On (see page 15 for details).
2. Plug a test lamp into the outlet.
Test Load
•
A Remote On/Off Switch can be connected to the Remote Jack allowing you to turn
the inverter On or Off from a convenient location when the inverter is installed in an
out-of-reach location. Be sure to have your power inverter and Remote On/Off Switch
properly installed before attempting to turn the unit On (see “Installation” page 6).
3. On the GFCI Outlet, press the Test Button.
Test Button
To Turn the Power Inverter On or Off:
1. On the left side panel of the inverter, switch the
On/Off Switch to On
On/Off Switch to On.
2. Press the Remote On/Off Switch button to toggle
On or Off. The remote On/Off Switch power indication
light will remain lit when power is On.
Indicator Light
The inverter is now ready to deliver AC power to your loads.
If several loads are to be operated by the inverter, turn them
On separately, after the inverter has been turned On. This will
ensure that the inverter does not have to deliver the starting
currents required for all the loads at once.
The Reset Button should pop out and power to the lamp should turn Off.
If the lamp remains On, or if the Reset Button does not pop out, the unit is
defective. Return the inverter to the place of purchase for replacement or service.
4. On the GFCI Outlet, push the Reset Button to return to regular operation.
Reset Button
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlet
•
The AC outlet on your CobraMarine™ Power Inverter is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
(GFCI). This protects you against hazardous electrical shock that could be caused by
dampness, faulty mechanism, worn cables, water spray, etc.
Test the GFCI periodically to make sure it is operating properly.
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Power and Protection Indicators
Power and Protection Indicators
The Power and Protection Indicators include, along with an audible alarm, an over
temperature indicator, an amps meter, a volts meter and an overload indicator.
Over Temperature Indicator
Temperature Overload:
The indicator light will turn On, then the inverter will shutdown. The inverter will
continue to check for appropriate temperature levels while trying to restart the load.
Power and Protection Indicators
Operation
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Amps Meter and Overload Indicator
Amps Meter:
The amps meter indicates the current drawn from the battery. It will not indicate
the current drawn by other loads also connected to the battery. For long term
operation, the amps meter should remain in the green sections of the bar graph.
Amps Meter
Temp. Overload
Volts Meter
The volts meter indicates the battery voltage level input.
For long term operation, the volts meter should remain in the green sections
of the bar graph. If the meter enters the red sections of the bar graph, the alarm
will sound and inverter will shutdown. The inverter will continue to check for
appropriate voltage levels while trying to restart the load.
Current Overload:
The meter will enter the red section of the bar graph, the alarm will sound, the
overload indicator light will turn On, then the inverter will shutdown. The inverter
will continue to check for appropriate current levels while trying to restart the load.
Current Overload
Volts Meter
NOTE A momentary sound of the internal alarm and/or flash
of the indicators or meters is normal at start up.
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Operation
Operating Limits
Operating Limits
Power Output
The inverter can deliver 1500 watts for about 60 minutes. The inverter must cool
for 15 minutes before it can resume operation at 1500 watts. Note: The wattage
rating applies to resistive loads.
The inverter will operate most AC loads within its power rating. Some induction
motors used in freezers, pumps, and other motor-operated equipment require very
high surge currents to start. The inverter may not be able to start some of these
motors even though their rated current draw is within the inverter’s limits. The
inverter will normally start single phase induction motors rated at 1⁄ 2 HP or less.
Input Voltage
The inverter will operate from input voltage ranging from 10 volts to 15 volts.
Optimum performance will occur when the voltage is between 12 volts and
14 volts. If the voltage drops below 10.5V+/-0.3V, an audible low battery
warning will sound. The inverter will shut down if the input voltage drops
below 9.5V+/-0.3V. This protects the battery from being over-discharged.
It will restart when the input voltage exceeds 12V+/-0.3V.
The inverter will also shut down if the input voltage exceeds 15.75V+/-0.75V.
This protects the inverter against excessive input voltage. Although the inverter
has protection against over-voltage, it may still be damaged if the input voltage
was to exceed 16 volts.
Operation
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Troubleshooting Guide
Troubleshooting Guide
Possible Causes
Solution
Low output voltage
Overload
Reduce the load.
No output voltage
Low input voltage
Recharge battery. Check
connections and cable.
No output voltage after
prolonged use
Thermal shutdown
Allow inverter to cool Off.
Reduce load, continuous operation
input current required.
Improve ventilation; Make sure ventilation
openings in the inverter are not obstructed.
Reduce ambient temperature.
No output voltage,
“Protect” indicator
lighted
High input voltage
No output voltage
Short circuit
Check load for proper operation.
No output voltage
Inverter switched Off
Turn inverter On.
No power to inverter
Check wiring to inverter.
Reverse DC polarity
Observe correct polarity.
Poor DC wiring
Check connections.
Low battery alarm
on all the time
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Problem/Symptom
Make sure the inverter is connected
to 12V battery.
Check regulation of charging system.
Poor battery condition Make sure battery is fully charged.
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Specifications
Specifications
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Continuous output power (1 hour) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1500w
Surge rating (0.1 second) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3000w
Peak efficiency (12V – 1⁄2 load) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . > 88%
Efficiency (full load, 12V) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . > 83%
No load current draw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . < 0.5A (12.6V)
Output waveform (resistive load) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Modified sine wave
Output frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58HZ – 62HZ
Output voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109V – 120V
Input voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.4VDC – 14.4VDC
Alarm voltage (unload) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10.2V – 10.8V
Shutdown voltage (unload) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.2V – 9.8V
Operating temperature range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0°C – 40°C
(32°F – 104°F)
Storage temperature range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -40°C – 85°C
(-40°F – 185°F)
Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Overload, short-circuit, overtemp,
reverse polarity, under/over voltage
Warranty
Warranty
Limited 1-Year Warranty
To protect the battery, if the unit needs to be restarted after low voltage protection,
the voltage of DC input should be above 12V.
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For Products Purchased In the U.S.A.
Cobra® Electronics Corporation warrants that its CobraMarine™ Power Inverter, and
the component parts thereof, will be free of defects in workmanship and materials
for a period of one (1) year from the date of first consumer purchase. This warranty
may be enforced by the first consumer purchaser, provided that the product is utilized
within the U.S.A.
Cobra® will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option, defective power inverters,
products or component parts upon delivery to the Cobra® Factory Service department,
accompanied by proof of the date of first consumer purchase, such as a duplicated
copy of a sales receipt.
You must pay any initial shipping charges required to ship the product for warranty
service, but the return charges will be at Cobra®’s expense, if the product is repaired
or replaced under warranty. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you
may also have other rights which may vary from state to state.
Exclusions: This limited warranty does not apply: 1) To any product damaged by accident;
2) In the event of misuse or abuse of the product or as a result of unauthorized alterations
or repairs; 3) If the serial number has been altered, defaced, or removed; 4) If the owner
of the product resides outside the U.S.A.
All implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose are limited in duration to the length of this warranty. Cobra® shall
not be liable for any incidental, consequential or other damages; including, without
limitation, to damages resulting from loss of use or cost of installation.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts and/or
do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so
the above limitations may not apply to you.
To extend the life of the fan, it will stop when there is no load. The speed of the
fan increases as the load increases.
For Products Purchased Outside the U.S.A.
Please contact your local dealer for warranty information.
Notes
All protection is automatically recovered.
The unit is completely insulated in input and output for added safety.
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Customer Assistance
Maintenance and Product Service
Customer Assistance
Maintenance
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Very little maintenance is required to keep the inverter operating properly. The exterior
of the unit should be cleaned periodically with a damp cloth to prevent accumulation of
dust and dirt. At the same time, tighten the screws on the DC input terminals. Be sure
vents and fans are free of dust or debris.
Product Service
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If you have any questions about operation or installing your new CobraMarine™
product, or if you are missing parts…
Please call Cobra® first! DO NOT RETURN THIS PRODUCT TO THE STORE!
See customer assistance on page A1.
If your product should require factory service, please call Cobra® first before sending
your power inverter. This will ensure the fastest turn-around time on your repair.
You may be asked to send your power inverter to the Cobra® factory.
It will be necessary to furnish the following to have the product serviced and returned.
1. For Warranty Repair include some form of proof-of-purchase, such as a
mechanical reproduction or carbon copy of a sales receipt. If you send
the original receipt, it cannot be returned.
Product Service
4. Pack power inverter securely to prevent damage in transit. If possible,
use the original packing material.
5. Ship prepaid and insured by way of a traceable carrier such as United
Parcel Service (UPS) or First Class Mail to avoid loss in transit to:
Cobra® Factory Service
Cobra® Electronics Corporation
6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA.
6. If the power inverter is in warranty, upon receipt of your power inverter,
it will either be repaired or exchanged depending on the model. Please
allow approximately 3 – 4 weeks before contacting Cobra® for status.
If the power inverter is out of warranty, a letter will automatically be
sent informing you of the repair charge or replacement charge.
If you have any questions, please call 773-889-3087 for assistance.
2. Send the entire product.
3. Enclose a description of what is happening with the power inverter. Include
a typed or clearly printed name and address of where the power inverter is
to be returned.
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Customer Assistance
Accessories and Order Form
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Address (No P.O. Boxes)
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Zip
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$200.01 plus . . . . 10% off
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . purchase
*For AK, HI and PR add
additional $26.95 for FedEx
Next Day or $10.95 for
FedEx 2nd Day. Excludes
weekend and holiday
shipments.
Please allow 2-3 weeks
for delivery in the U.S.
Prices subject to change
without notice.
The Cobra®
line of quality
products includes:
CB Radios
microTALK® Radios
Radar/Laser Detectors
Safety Alert® Traffic
Warning Systems
Accessories
GPS (Global
Positioning System)
HighGear™ Accessories
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Optional Accessories
You can find quality Cobra® products and accessories at your local Cobra® dealer,
or in the U.S.A., you can order directly from Cobra®.
Ordering From U.S.A.
Call 773-889-3087 for pricing or visit www.cobra.com.
For credit card orders, complete and return this order form to fax number 773-622-2269.
Or call 773-889-3087 (Press 1 from the main menu) 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT,
Monday through Friday.
Make check or money order payable to: Cobra® Electronics, Attn: Accessories Dept.
6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707 USA
To order online, please visit our website: www.cobra.com