August 01, 2019 4 min read
This post will help you understand the day-to-day use and maintenance of the Inergy Apex Portable Solar Generator
The Apex has a 3 position rotary power switch. Each setting represents a different set of ports that are available. The Apex can be charged in any of the 3 positions.
Left Position (DC): All DC powered ports are available in this mode. This includes the 12V DC sockets, Basecamp LED light ports, and the USB ports. The LCD Display is also activated in this mode.
Middle Position (Off): While in this mode, all ports are off. This is the position for turning the Apex off completely.
Right Position (AC/DC): All AC & DC ports are available in this mode. This includes the 12V DC sockets, Basecamp LED light ports, USB ports, 110V AC outlets, and RV plug. The LCD Display is also activated in this mode.
The inverter may turn off earlier than normal if you have used large amounts of AC power at lower battery levels with usable battery capacity still left. DC power is still available, but more battery storage is needed to power the inverter. Often the remaining 10-20% of the battery capacity is only available to the DC outlets.
If the AC output limit is exceeded, the inverter may power off and go into safe mode. The Apex has 3 resettable circuit breakers on the left hand side to prevent exceeding the maximum output ratings for the different output ports. If the 110V outlets aren't working but the LCD is, it may be because one of the circuits (labeled AC, DC1 & DC2) has been tripped. To recent the circuit, simply let the circuit cool for a few minute, then push it back into place. This is an indication to reduce the power output on the Apex.
The Apex will maintain it's charge for up to a full year. It is recommended to check the battery level every 3 months to make sure it hasn't dropped below 10%. Not recommended for outside storage or in damp environments. It is best to store the Apex at half charge to make the battery level last the longest.
Inergy has two solar panels that are compatable with the Apex. These panels are sold separately. You can connect up to 500 watts of solar power to the Apex. All solar panels with plug into Charge Port 2.
There are two AC wall chargers available for the Apex.
Uses a car’s 12V DC cigarette lighter port to charge the Apex. This charger plugs into Charge Port 1
The Apex provides a set of external battery bank connectors to be able to add additional battery capacity. For use with Lead Acid, AGM, Gel Cell or INERGY
LITHIUM 12 Volt Batteries ONLY. NEVER CONNECT A CHARGE SOURCE TO ANY CONNECTED EXTERNAL BATTERIES.
Note: you can extend useful run times off-grid by connecting the solar panel during the day and maximizing the internal battery charge.
You can charge Inergy’s solar generators and use the power outputs at the same time.
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