I have a food van with a stock alternator on the engine, and a 3000w inverter setup. The inverter setup uses 2 Trojan leisure batteries. Somehow the inverter setup is also linked to the alternator (I’m sure of this). I have only ever used this for small items like a travel kettle or phone charging. Today I purchased a Slush machine which is rated at 920w. I tried it on the inverter and it ran for a few mins, however as soon as the compressor kicked in the inverter switched off.
The inverter is rated at 3100w continuous power, and 6200w peak power for 1 second.
When the compressor kicks in and inverter switches off, the watt meter on the inverter displays 1920watts.
Now obviously it’s clear that the inverter cannot run the slush machine, so I was wondering what possible solution there are out there.
I should also add that the inverter and batteries were not used for around 18 month prior to fitting the slush machine. What would be the best way to test their batteries? Voltmeter?
I was thinking of adding a second alternator in the engine, would this work to provide enough power to the inverter and it’s batteries to power the slush machine.