Product Description
PowerVerter APS Inverter/Charger
with Auto-Transfer Switching
Model #: APS2012
12V DC or 120V AC input; 120V AC output (hardwired)
2000 watts continuous, 3000 watts OverPower™ and 4000 watts DoubleBoost™ inverter
output (see specifications)
3 stage, 25/100 amp selectable wet/dry cell battery charger
Auto Transfer Switching option for battery backup / UPS operation
Reliability enhanced large-transformer design with protected DC and AC wiring terminals
Tripp Lite’s APS2012 DC-to-AC inverter with automatic line-to-battery transfer and integrated charging system serves as an extended run
UPS, a standalone power source or an automotive inverter. Supplies up to 2000 watts of continuous 120V AC power from any 12V battery or
automotive DC source. OverPower TM inverter output feature temporarily provides up to 150% of the continuous output for 1-60 minutes, and
DoubleBoost TM inverter output feature delivers up to 200% of the continuous output for up to 10 seconds, providing the extra power needed
to cold start heavy-duty tools and motorized equipment. When hardwire AC input is energized, commercial power passes through to
connected equipment and the battery set is recharged via 3 stage, 25/100 amp charging system. In UPS mode, the APS system responds to
blackouts and voltage fluctuations with a near instantaneous automatic transfer to battery-derived AC output. Includes a set of high current DC
input terminals for simple installation (user supplies batteries and cabling - see owner's manual for recommendations). Passes sine wave utility
or generator power during battery charging and UPS line power operation, plus efficient PWM sine wave AC output in inverter and UPS
backup modes. Reliable large transformer design, with frequency control powers resistive electronic loads or large inductive motors,
compressors and other items with high current needs on startup. Optional APSRM4 wired remote power switch with full status LEDs provides
remote power inverter on/off switching and continuous status information (APSRM4 sold separate). Supports an unlimited amount of runtime
with any number of user-supplied batteries connected. Highly adaptable to a variety of applications and site conditions with adjustable charger
settings for wet/gel battery types and selectable line to battery power transfer voltages.
APS2012 serves as an automotive or stationary DC-to-AC inverter with automatic line-to-battery transfer and integrated battery
Supports 120V AC output from a 120V AC line power source or 12V DC battery source
Supports 120V AC output from a 120V AC 16.6 millisecond automatic transfer between line and battery power supports UPS
protection during blackouts and voltage fluctuations for equipment compatible with a one cycle transfer time
2000 watts continuous AC output in inverter mode, 2400 watts continuous AC output in AC mode
Double Boost™ inverter output supports momentary startup loads up to 200% of the continuous rating for up to 10 seconds (see
specification chart)
OverPower™ inverter output supports longer duration overloads to 150% for 1-60 minutes under ideal battery and temperature
conditions. (For best results, utilize OverPower usage for as short of a duration as possible, ensure battery bank and cabling is able to
provide full nominal DC voltage under load and allow inverter/charger to fully cool before and after OverPower usage.)
3-stage, selectable 25/100 amp battery charger with adjustable settings for wet/gel battery types offers fast, reliable battery recharging
Protected hardwire bolt-down input lugs safely accept heavy gauge input wiring from attached battery bank
Protected hardwire output passes 120V line power or inverter output through to connected equipment
Reliability enhanced large-transformer design with secure mounting flanges and protected DC wiring terminals
Moisture-resistant construction enables vehicular or marine operation in high humidity environments
3 position operating mode switch supports "AUTO" mode to enable automatic transfer between DC and AC modes, CHARGE-ONLY to
maintain a full battery charge when AC is present without auto transfer and SYSTEM OFF settings
Set of six front panel LEDs display AC/DC operational modes, overload status, DC voltage level, shutdown status and system fault
Set of 4 configuration dip switches support wet/gel battery charging profiles, adjustable 135/145V high voltage auto transfer during
overvoltages and selectable 75/85/95/105V AC low voltage auto transfer during brownouts
Set of 4 additional configuration dip switches support 4 levels of charger limiting relative to output load size, a battery equalization
program and battery charger low / high settings
Resettable 25A charger AC input breaker and resettable 20A AC output breaker and automatic 2 speed cooling fan protect the inverter
from load and temperature related failures
Grounding lug properly connects the inverter/charger system to earth ground or vehicle grounding system
Automatic overload and thermal shutoff safely turns off inverter as excessive loads or overheating conditions develop
Front panel remote control connector enables remote off/on switching (requires APSRM4 switch accessory). Optional APSRM4
accessory also includes user configurable jacks to support inverter shutoff or startup as a vehicle ignition is engaged
Load sensing control dial enables adjustable load threshold required to automatically turn the inverter on and off in DC mode as load
conditions change
Versatile inverter/charger system with auto-transfer switching serves as an automotive inverter for RVs, over-the-road trucking,
conversion vans and fleet service vehicles; a standalone alternative power source for off-grid, alternative energy or export applications
and as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for items compatible with a 16.6 millisecond transfer time.
98-121: 12 volt / 75 amp-hour battery
BP260: Battery cabinet that holds two 98-121 batteries; order 98-121 batteries separately
APSRM4: Wired Remote Switch controls the inverter/charger output power; 50 ft. cord; diagnostic LEDs; ignition interlock power
APS2012 Inverter/Charger
Instruction manual with warranty information
System overview:
Inverter / charger system with automatic transfer switching between DC and AC modes
Voltage compatibility:
12V DC / 120V AC
Frequency compatibility:
60 Hz
Output watt capacity (watts):
INVERTER MODE - 2000 watts continuous, Double Boost™ rated to 4000 watts peak (up to
10 seconds). Overpower™ rating supports overloads to 3000 watts for up to 15 seconds prior
to inverter shutoff. AC / CHARGER MODE - 2400 watts continuous.
Output nominal voltage:
AC OUTPUT: 120V AC nominal, DC CHARGER OUTPUT (DC): 12V DC nominal (see
manual for detailed information on adjustable charger settings for wet/gel battery types)
Output voltage regulation:
LINE POWER (AC): Maintains 120V nominal sine wave output from line power source.
INVERTER POWER (AC): Maintains PWM sine wave output voltage of 120 V AC (+/-5%).
Output frequency regulation:
60 Hz (+/- 0.3 Hz)
Outlet quantity / type:
Hardwire AC output
Overload protection:
Includes 25A input breaker dedicated to the charging system and 20A output breaker for AC
output loads
Maximum input amps / watts:
DC INPUT: Full continuous load - 192A at 12V DC. AC INPUT: 38 amps at 120V AC with full
inverter and charger load (21A max charger-only / combined input load to support charger
and AC output is automatically controllable to 66%-33%-0% based on AC output loading
using the charger limiting set points - see manual for setting instructions)
Input connection type:
DC INPUT: Set of 2 DC bolt-down terminals. AC INPUT: Hardwire via built in junction box
with cover plate
Input cord length:
DC INPUT: User supplies cabling. 4 gauge or larger (see manual). AC INPUT: user supplies
hardwire input cabling
Recommended electrical service:
DC INPUT: Requires 12V DC input source capable of delivering 192A for the required
duration (when used at full continuous capacity - DC requirements increase during
OverPower™ and DoubleBoost™ operation). For automotive applications, professional
hardwire installation with 400A minimum battery system fusing is recommended.
DC system voltage:
DC input operating range 10-15V DC.
Battery recharge rate:
3 stage, selectable 25/100 amp battery charger with adjustable settings for wet/gel battery
types (see manual for more charger information)
Expandable battery runtime:
Runtime is expandable with any number of user supplied wet or gel type batteries
Front panel LEDs:
Set of 6 LEDs offer continuous status information on load percentage (6 levels reported) and
battery charge level (7 levels reported). See manual for sequences.
3 position on/off/remote switch enables simple on/off power control plus "auto/remote" setting
that enables distant on/off control of the inverter system when used in conjunction with
optional APSRM4 accessory when used in inverter mode. In AC uninterruptible power mode,
"auto/remote" setting enables automatic transfer from line power to battery power - to
maintain continuous AC power to connected loads.
AC surge suppression:
600 joules
Shipping weight (lbs):
Shipping weight (kg):
Unit weight (lbs):
Unit weight (kg):
Unit Dimensions (HWD/in):
7.25 x 8.5 x 16.25
Unit Dimensions (HWD/cm):
18.4 x 21.6 x 41.3
Shipping Dimensions (HWD/in):
13.5 x 15 x 21.5
Shipping Dimensions (HWD/cm):
34.3 x 38.1 x 54.6
Material of construction:
Form factors supported:
Mounting slots enable permanent placement of inverter on any horizontal surface (see
manual for additional mounting information)
Cooling method:
Multi-speed fan
Operating Temperature:
32-104 Fahrenheit / 0-40 Celcius
Relative Humidity:
0-95% non-condensing
Transfer time from line power to battery
16.6 milliseconds (typical - compatible with many computers, servers and networking
equipment - verify transfer time compatibility of loads for UPS applications)
Low voltage transfer to battery power:
In AC "auto" mode, inverter/charger switches to battery mode as line voltage drops to 75V
(user adjustable to 85, 95, 105V - see manual)
High voltage transfer to battery power:
In AC "auto" mode, inverter/charger switches to battery mode as line voltage increases to
135V (user adjustable to 145 - see manual)
Product warranty:
1 year (Outside the U.S. and Canada, call for warranty information)
All black housing
Load Sensing:
Optional load sense function enables automatic inverter shutoff and startup as connected
equipment is powered off and on. Front panel load sense potentiometer can be set to shutoff
or turn on inverter power in response to loads of any level, up to 150 watts.
Battery Pack Accessory (optional):
98-121 sealed lead acid battery (optional)
The policy of Tripp Lite is one of continuous improvement.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Therefore, your product may vary slightly from what is currently listed.
Tripp Lite World Headquarters
1111 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609 USA
Customer Support
(773) 869-1234
© 2007 Tripp Lite. All Rights Reserved.
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