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Tripp Lite PowerVerter® Portable AC Inverters Owner's Manual
Owner’s Manual
PowerVerter® Portable
AC Inverters with USB Charging
Models: PV100USB, PV150USB, PV200CUSB,
PV200USB, PV375USB, PV400USB
Introduction
Congratulations! Your new PowerVerter Portable AC Inverter with USB Charging will give you years of
reliable, carefree service. Use it to convert DC (battery) power into 110V AC (household) power to run
a variety of electronics: tablets, smartphones, laptop computers, game systems, small TVs/DVD players
and more! The Inverter’s PWM (Pulse Width Modulated) sinusoidal wave is suitable for almost all loads.
Important Safety Instructions
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
This manual contains important instructions and warnings that should be followed during
the installation, operation and storage of all Tripp Lite Inverters.
Warning!
• Use of this equipment in life support applications where failure of this equipment can reasonably
be expected to cause the failure of the life support equipment or to significantly affect its safety
or effectiveness is not recommended. Do not use this equipment in the presence of a flammable
anesthetic mixture with air, oxygen or nitrous oxide.
• Do not operate your Inverter near flammable materials, fumes or gases.
Caution!
• Since the Inverter requires adequate ventilation during operation, do not block fan or cooling vents
or cover the Inverter, and do not operate near vehicle heating vents or in direct sunlight. Keep the
Inverter dry at all times and disconnect when not in use.
• Turn OFF connected equipment before starting your engine. DO NOT plug a surge protector, line
conditioner or UPS system into the Inverter. If you attach AC extension cords, use the heaviest
practical gauge.
• Before connecting a battery charger or adapter, check its manual to make sure that the Inverter’s
specifications (including output waveform) fall within its recommendations.
• For PV375USB and PV400USB models: Do not allow objects to contact the DC input terminals
or battery terminals. Do not short or bridge these terminals together. Serious personal injury or
property damage could result.
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Operation
Step 1: Plug Inverter into vehicle lighter/accessory outlet.
For PV375USB and PV400USB models: This unit contains a pair of DC input terminals to connect a
3 ft. cigarette lighter plug cable* or optional 3 ft. battery cable with alligator connectors that directly
attaches to a battery’s DC terminals**.
*To avoid overheating, do not exceed 180W when using the cigarette lighter adapter. **Always connect red
connectors to red battery terminals (POS, P, +) and black connectors to black battery terminals (NEG, N, -). For
unmarked terminals, the positive post usually has a larger diameter than the negative post. When disconnecting the
charger, reverse the order of the connecting steps.
Step 2: Turn on Inverter.
Step 3: Plug equipment into the Inverter.
Determine your equipment’s total wattage.*** Do not connect more watts than your Inverter’s
Output Power (Maximum Continuous Watts); see Specifications. See back page for typical
equipment runtimes. Also see back page for important note concerning the limitations of vehicle
electrical systems.
***Wattage ratings are usually listed in equipment manuals or on nameplates. If your equipment is rated in amps,
multiply that number times AC utility voltage to determine watts. (Example: a ¼ in. drill requires 2½ amps.
2½ amps × 120 volts = 300 watts.)
Maintenance
Your Inverter requires no maintenance and contains no user-serviceable parts (except for replaceable
DC fuses, where applicable).
Troubleshooting
Please check the following before sending the Inverter in for warranty replacement:
Symptom
Possible Cause
Inverter does not turn
ON when power switch is
turned ON.
Automatic Inverter shutdown due Turn Inverter OFF and start engine
to low battery voltage (<10V).
to recharge vehicle battery. Only use
Inverter with engine running.
Correction
Automatic Inverter shutdown due Turn Inverter OFF and remove
to output overload.
overload by unplugging high-wattage
devices. Load should not exceed
your Inverter’s maximum continuous
output power (see Specifications).
Inverter is unable
to power connected
equipment.
Blown fuse.
Replace fuse with standard
automotive fuse of identical
amperage, where applicable (see
Specifications).
Battery running low. Low battery
voltage reduces Inverter power
output.
Turn Inverter OFF and start engine
to recharge vehicle battery. Only use
Inverter with engine running.
Connected equipment load
exceeds Inverter’s maximum
continuous output power.
Turn Inverter OFF and remove
overload by unplugging high-wattage
devices. Load should not exceed
your Inverter’s maximum continuous
output power (see Specifications).
Loose connections.
Check and secure all connections.
Audio/video interference.
Reposition equipment antennas and
Inverter.
Note: Fault LED will illuminate during
an overload (PV200USB
& PV400USB only).
Connected equipment
experiences audio/video
distortion.
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Specifications
Model:
PV100USB PV150USB PV200CUSB PV200USB PV375USB PV400USB
Output Power
(Maximum
Continuous Watts):*
100
150
200
200
375
400
Output Power
(Peak Watts):**
200
300
400
400
750
800
Input Voltage
(DC):
12V nominal 12V nominal 12V nominal 12V nominal 12V nominal 12V nominal
(10-15V) (10.5-15V) (10.5-15V)
(10-15V) (10.5-15V) (10-15V)
Output Voltage
(AC)/Frequency:
110V / 60 Hz 110V / 60 Hz 110V / 60 Hz 110V / 60 Hz 110V / 60 Hz 110V / 60 Hz
nominal
nominal
nominal
nominal
nominal
nominal
Output Waveform:
PWM Sine
Wave
PWM Sine
Wave
PWM Sine
Wave
PWM Sine
Wave
PWM Sine
Wave
PWM Sine
Wave
Low Battery Voltage
Alarm (Volts):
No Alarm
<10.5V
±0.5V
No Alarm
No Alarm
<10.5V
±0.5V
No Alarm
Low Battery Voltage
Shutdown (Volts):
10V
10V
10V
10V
10V
10V
AC Outlets:
1
1
2
2
2
2
USB Ports
1 x 2.1A,
1 x 1A
1 x 2.1A,
1 x 1A
1 x 2.1A,
1 x 1A
1 x 2.1A,
1 x 1A
1 x 2.1A,
1 x 1A
1 x 2.1A,
1 x 1A
Circuit Protection 10-amp fuse 20-amp fuse 20-amp fuse 20-amp fuse 40-amp fuse
(DC Overload):
(internal)
(external)
(external)
(external)
(external)
Housing
Plastic
Metal
Plastic
Plastic
Metal
N/A
Plastic
* Maximum output power (continuous or peak) only available when vehicle battery is properly charged. Run vehicle
engine often to maintain proper charge. ** Peak Output Power is instantaneous. *** Replace with a fuse of equal
amperage rating only. Higher-rated fuses should not be used.
Typical Runtimes Before Battery Recharge
Although you can operate your Inverter with your vehicle engine off, best results are usually achieved
with the engine running. Since the Inverter converts electrical energy (and doesn’t produce it),
the Inverter’s performance is relative to the condition of your vehicle’s electrical system (battery,
alternator and wiring). If other loads (air conditioner, heater, lights, etc.) are also using power, you
may get less runtime.
With Typical
With Typical
With Typical
Compact Vehicle
Mid-Size Vehicle
Full-Size Vehicle
(4 cylinder) Battery, (6 cylinder) Battery, (8 cylinder) Battery,
Alternator & Wiring Alternator & Wiring Alternator & Wiring
Models: PV100USB, PV150USB, PV200CUSB, PV200USB
1/2 Load (engine on/engine off)
continuous/4-6 hrs.
continuous/6-8 hrs. continuous/8-12 hrs.
Full Load (engine on/engine off)
continuous/2-3 hrs.
continuous/3-4 hrs.
continuous/4-6 hrs.
continuous/1-2 hrs.
continuous/2-3 hrs.
continuous/3-6 hrs.
Full Load* (engine on/engine off) continuous/30 min.-1 hr. continuous/1-2 hrs.
continuous/2-3 hrs.
Models: PV375USB, PV400USB
1/2 Load (engine on/engine off)
Vehicle Electrical System Limitations
Due to the limitations of certain vehicles’ 12V DC lighter/accessory outlet electrical systems, you
may not be able to continuously run a full load from your inverter. If you regularly blow fuses, it
may indicate your vehicle is not adequately wired to support your Inverter as it is designed. In this
case, consult vehicle manufacturer recommendations for rewiring from the fuse block or battery
with appropriate wiring (10 - 12 gauge) and fusing (at least 40 amp). All standard vehicle accessory
outlet electrical systems can support full loads for PV100USB models without any modifications.
PV100USB Connection Warning
The extra 12V DC CLA socket on the PV100USB is intended for low-voltage electronic devices only
(smartphones, MP3 players, etc.). DO NOT plug another inverter into this port. DO NOT attempt to
use as a cigarette lighter.
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Warranty and Product Registration
1- Year Limited Warranty
Seller warrants this product, if used in accordance with all applicable instructions, to be free from original defects
in material and workmanship for a period of 1 year from the date of initial purchase. If the product should prove
defective in material or workmanship within that period, Seller will repair or replace the product, in its sole discretion.
Service under this Warranty can only be obtained by your delivering or shipping the product (with all shipping or
delivery charges prepaid) to: Tripp Lite, 1111 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609 USA. Seller will pay return shipping
charges. Visit www.tripplite.com/support before sending any equipment back for repair.
THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT APPLY TO NORMAL WEAR OR TO DAMAGE RESULTING FROM ACCIDENT, MISUSE, ABUSE
OR NEGLECT. SELLER MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES OTHER THAN THE WARRANTY EXPRESSLY SET FORTH
HEREIN. EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ALL
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE WARRANTY PERIOD SET FORTH
ABOVE; AND THIS WARRANTY EXPRESSLY EXCLUDES ALL INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. (Some
states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, and some states do not allow the exclusion or
limitation 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 have other rights which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction).
WARNING: The individual user should take care to determine prior to use whether this device is suitable, adequate
or safe for the use intended. Since individual applications are subject to great variation, the manufacturer makes no
representation or warranty as to the suitability or fitness of these devices for any specific application.
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