Micro Air Easy Start

Air Conditioning Off Grid – Soft Start

$299.00 $0.00

Want to know how we run our Air Conditioner off of our batteries?  We use a soft start!

That’s right.  Because of our solar set up and our lithium batteries, we can run our Air Conditioner without having to run a generator.  It’s a beautiful thing!

We first learned about a soft start when we wanted to figure out how to run our Air Conditioner on our RV when wild camping. I contacted Micro-Air and asked them about their soft starters, and which one would work with our RV A/C units.  I was told: The EasyStart 3T will provide a minimum of a 50% decrease in the Locked Rotor Amp (LRA), bringing the A/C amp spike to (or below) 31a. If we installed this product, it should allow us to run our A/C using the inverter without spiking past the inverter’s 40a max.

Now that we are living on a sailboat (and enduring Florida’s steamy summer temps) installing a soft start on our air conditioner was a big priority.  Not only for our personal comfort, but for the comfort and safety of our cats while out at anchor.

If you use the code GWTW at checkout you will get a $25 discount! 

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  1. Have you guys figured out how long you can run your AC off the batteries before they go flat?

    • Well, that is a tricky question because it’s always going to vary depending on conditions. That said, I can say we don’t like to run it hard for more than a couple of hours because then we don’t have enough juice to do all the other things we need power for. We honestly don’t need it often but the biggest benefit is being able to set it to a higher temp (like 85) when we leave for the day and want to know the cats won’t burn up. It keeps the air moving and cycles on and off as needed to keep it reasonably comfortable but not drain the batteries.

  2. I was looking for the soft start and found this picture on the company’s website:

    they should use your picture in RV instead, dont you think 🙂

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