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Wagan 5000 Watt Smart AC Power Inverter

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Technical Details

Brand Wagan
Item Weight 20.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 19 x 8 x 6.5 inches
Item model number EL2012
Manufacturer Part Number EL2012
Wattage 4.00

Technical Specification

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3.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #771,839 in Automotive (See top 100)
#1,627 in Automotive > RV Parts & Accessories > Power & Electrical > Power Inverters
#5,201 in Automotive > Tools & Equipment > Jump Starters, Battery Chargers & Portable Power
Shipping Weight 20.1 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available December 22, 2004

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EL2012 Features: -Sine wave form: Modified. -Optimum efficiency: 90 Precent. -Overload protection: Automatic shutdown. -Short circuit protection. Product Type: -Recreational inverter. Finish: -Navy Blue. Material: -Aluminum. Number of Items Included: -2. Pieces Included: -Inverter and wired remote. Generic Specifications: -True rated power: 5000W. -Input voltage range: 10V - 15V. -Peak surge power: 10000W. -Low battery auto shutdown: 9.5 V ± 0.5 V. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -7 Inches. Overall Width - Side to Side: -8 Inches. Overall Depth - Front to Back: -20 Inches. Overall Product Weight: -30 Pounds.


Using the Wagan EL2012 5,000-watt continuous power inverter, you can power lights, laptops, washing machines, and more--even when you're off the grid. The EL2012 turns 12V DC power from a boat, RV, or truck battery into 115V AC power for household appliances. True-rated Power technology enables the inverter to run continuously for 24 hours under a full load. This product operates at up to 90 percent efficiency and comes equipped with four AC outlets and two cooling fans to prevent overheating.

Wagan EL2012 5,000-Watt Continuous Power Inverter
The Wagan EL2012 sports four AC outputs along with LEDs that indicate if the inverter has become overloaded or overheated
Wagan EL2012 5,000-Watt Continuous Power Inverter
This product is equipped with cooling fans and connections for distributed wiring
Power Your Lights, TV, Laptop, and More

Made to be used with a boat, RV, or heavy-duty truck battery, the Wagan EL2012 5,000-watt continuous power inverter converts 12V direct current (DC) power into household 115V alternating current (AC). As a result, you can enjoy modern conveniences when you're experiencing a power outage or you're away from home and off the grid. The EL2012 can easily power appliances such as laptop computers, tools, televisions, small microwave ovens, lights, refrigerators, single-element electric stoves, washing machines, dryers, electric space heaters, small air conditioners, and more.

Energy-Efficient for Greater Running Time

The Wagan EL2012 5,000-watt continuous power inverter is designed to operate at up to 90 percent efficiency--resulting in longer running times and extended battery life.

High Surge Capability

The Wagan EL2012 5,000-watt continuous power inverter offers an exceptional peak surge capability of 10,000 watts to support high-surging appliances like hair dryers and water heaters. The peak surge wattage is the maximum wattage that the inverter can supply for a very short period of time. In general, induction motors--such as those found in air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, microwave ovens, and other devices--require an initial surge of power, or a peak load, to start up. Once started, the tool or appliance requires less power to continue to operate.

In addition, the Wagan EL2012 is outfitted with advanced, microprocessor-controlled circuits for cool and reliable operation.

Can Be Used Continuously for Up to 24 Hours

Like all Wagan power inverters, the EL2012 features True-rated Power technology, which enables it to operate continuously for up to 24 hours under a full 5,000-watt load. As a result, you can use the inverter to run your appliances for extended periods without worry.

Overload and Overheating Protection

The Wagan EL2012 comes equipped with two cooling fans to prevent overheating. If it does become overheated or overloaded, LED indicators on the side turn red, and the inverter shuts down. Other features of the EL2012 include four AC outlets, three high-output AC terminals, connections for distributed wiring, auto-reset short-circuit protection, and a low-battery alarm. The device measures 6.5 by 7.9 by 15.8 (H x W x D) and weighs 18.1 pounds.

The Wagan EL2012 5,000-watt continuous power inverter is backed by a two-year limited warranty.

About Wagan Corporation

Wagan Corporation (Wagan Tech) is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech electronics such as power inverters, portable power supplies, and other consumer electronics. Wagan Tech offers the broadest line of inverters in the industry, ranging from 80 to 10,000 watts. The company's goal is to supply consumers with power for their every need--whether it's for mobile electronics, small appliances, or even home necessities. Wagan Tech continues to expand on this goal with solar power generators--providing consumers with portable and renewable power.

Wagan Tech was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Hayward, California. Wagan Tech has a global presence as it meets the needs of customers both domestically and internationally.

What's in the Box

One Wagan EL2012 5,000-watt continuous power inverter, one remote control, and one instruction manual.

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By DLK on October 21, 2012
Style Name: 10000 Watt Verified Purchase
Living off grid, I thought it would be a good idea to have a large inverter. This inverter seemed to work fine until summer came on. Any time the air temp got over 100F the inverter would overheat and shut down. Didn't seem to make any difference if it was under large load or practically no load. Cannot reccommend. Too much money for an inverter that only works only in cool weather.

Follow up 18 mos later: The original inverter went up in a shower of sparks and fire that could have easily burned down a house. Fortunately, the inverter was in a metal shipping container so no major damage done. Wagan sent me a new inverter as the original was still under warranty. The replacement sat in dry storage for 6 mos before I needed it. When I unpacked it and wired it into my system it too went up in a ball of fire when I turned it on. Since the replacement was not under warranty I took it apart. The electrical fire had started in a row of power transistors. Could clearly see where the arcs had jumped from the transistor leads to the heat sink bar then to the frame. Couldn't figure out why this would happen until I found water marks on the circuit board that showed the inverter had gotten very wet at some time. As the packing had been multi layers of plastic and the inverter was dry when I opened it, must have been exposed to water at the factory. As the arcing of both of these machines was intense, any surrounding combustible material would likely have been ignited. Poor inverter. Good fire bomb.
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Style Name: 8000 Watt Verified Purchase
The makers of this unit tought it as being able to run "refrigerators, washers, microwaves..." but beware. The output of this device is a split-level alternating square wave, which they call a "modified sine wave". Most "dumb" devices like light bulbs, drills, A/C motors, compressors, fans, etc. will run fine on this. However, when I plugged it into my new Sears freezer, it wouldn't even start the compressor. When I plugged in my microwave, it ran but made a terrible buzzing sound. The same thing happened to my refrigerator... it ran but made a terrible noise. I unplugged them right away for fear of damaging them.

The long and the short of it is this. If you are in construction, and need ample, quiet, clean A/C power to run your heavy duty tools, compressors, cement mixers, etc. then this is a great product for you. If, however, you are a home-owner trying to deploy solar energy in your home, this product is not what you want. It flat out won't operate some appliances, and sounds like it's killing other ones! Go with a "Pure Sine Wave" inverter. They cost roughly double for equivalent wattage size, but the output is identical to what your power company provides. The AIMS Power Low Frequency 6000 Watt 24-volt Split Phase Solar Inverter Charger is what I recommend if you want to run your whole house on solar. It even has the charging regulator built right in. It puts out 240 split phase A/C and allows you to hook it right up to your breaker box. You can't do that with this inverter.
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Style Name: 10000 Watt
The Wagan 2483 Inverter is a super oversized product that cannot feasibly work to the parameters it is sold under, and here's why.

The Wagan 2483 Inverter is advertised as a 10,000-watt continuous use inverter. On the back pane, it has four hot-shoes and four grounds. This means that each post must carry up to 250-amps each, continuous, from the 12-volt deep cycle batteries that would power it. To even begin to build such a monster of an incoming battery system, you would have to use 1/0-gauge (that's one ought) wire for the main backbone, which is 1/3-inch in diameter (8.3mm) on each post connection. Considering that would then require two batteries per post input, you would have a serial-parallel circuit of at least 2-batteries in parallel feeding into each post, it would require at least 8-deep cycle batteries to power this inverter (at minimum) to it's rated capacity. At 100-amp discharge rate per battery, the inverter would completely drain each and all batteries in less than 5-minutes (reference: Peukert's curve data relative to 110-AH rated deep cycle batteries).

So, to reduce load to manageable levels that a battery could actually survive (approximately 20-Ah drain per), it would require 50-BATTERIES (we're talking car-sized deep-cycle batteries, set up in a massive array) just to feed this thing so it can run for an hour or so.

The feasibility of actually using this device to its maximum design capacity would therefore cost around $7500 in deep cycle batteries and $1200 for the inverter, or about $8700 total. Cost comparatively, you can get a very nice 10kw Diesel Generator for less expense, that will last for many years after this has eat you out of house and home, batteries, and burned itself up.
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Style Name: 10000 Watt
The product is not very reliable. I had been used their product 5,000 watt and this 10,000 both are break down after warranty 12 months. The manufacturer will not take any support. From my experienced and recommend anybody do not purchase this manufacturer products again.
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As a truck driver, I often do not have time/money to stop and cook. Instead, I purchased and installed this 10,000W Power Inverter. My truck is now like a luxury RV. I have a fridge, microwave and a full size coffee machine plugged in all the time AND various items throughout the week. Now if my drivers seat just had a built in toilet...
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