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I have a Xantrex Pro 1800 watt modified sine wave inverter which says that it will run microwave ovens. It won't run our little micro, it just makes a buzzing, ticking noise (it works fine on shorepower). Xantrex said that it won't run "all" microwaves and that it is "incompatible" with ours. So I order a Xantrex Prowatt SW 2000 watt which is pure sine wave (my brother can use the old one on his boat). I get the new one and look at the back to see if I am going to need different battery cable ends, etc. There are no lugs to connect to the AC system on the boat. The only outlet for the AC is the duplex outlet on the front.
I call Xantrex and they say you can't hard wire it in.... WTF? Like a dummy I didn't read all the details and assumed (I know, I know) it would be just like the 1800 which has nice heavy duty connectors for the cables to the AC panel. My question is can I use a couple of heavy duty plugs and some tinned marine wire and run the wires to a terminal block and then connect my cables that run to the panel, or does this thing go up on Ebay? And why are there no inverters that are designed to be hard wired, seems really weird.
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Yes, standard 110 volt plugs will work. Use at least 12 gauge wire.
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Many inverters are designed to be hard wired, Xantrex, Master volt, Freedom, Prosine all have hard wire models, some as low as 1000 watt
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Sounds like it would be cheaper to replace to the micro with one that will work with the original inverter.
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Jims- definitely, if we could find another one that would fit the very small space we have for it.
Pappy- I've looked and like the Xantrex model that we have they all seem to be modified sine wave (unless you want to spend a LOT of money), which will not run many of the modern microwaves.

I would rather hard wire as I'm not crazy about having unsecured plugs supplying the AC power but I guess that's the way it's going to be.
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