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Giulietta, I have 3 inverters on my boat. One is 150w/220v 10 years old, one is 500w/220v six years old and one is 175w/120v bought in the USA six years ago. All of them are working fine and I am using them evry day, as I live on my boat and never go to Marinas. The 220v inverters I connected straight to the shore power system of my boat, so that I have 220v plugs in every cabin of the boat, the saloon lights and the galley. For the lights of the saloon I changed the 40w 220v bulbs with the ecotone Philips of 7w that give in theory the equivalent of 40w each. When I need to use my power tools or the vacuum cleaner on a low setting, I use the 500w/220v. Never burned any tools or computer with my square waves inverters, but I can not guarantee for the negative experiences of other cruisers. The 175w/120v I use it mainly for the computer and for charging aa batteries, as I bought at the same time when I was cruising the east coast. Occasionally I run the engine when I use the vacuum cleaner, or when I am cutting the wood with the jigsaw for my fireplace, but if I had had to u all the 12 volt adapter for cellphone, laptop and whateverelse, I would have spent a lot more and kept on the boat all that mess of cables. I understand that for some cruisers a few hundred dollars do not make a difference, but for me it does as we sail on a shoe string budget and it is ten years that it is going on.
The labels of he two small inveters are unknown as I simply bought them in big stores like Wall-mart for the 120v. The 500w inveter is a xantrex.
Hope this can be useful.