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Post a picture. I'm wondering if "output breaker" means that it's a circuit breaker. Some types you just push to reset.


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CA Traveler wrote:

Post a picture. I'm wondering if "output breaker" means that it's a circuit breaker. Some types you just push to reset.
I'm not sure I know how to post a picture but here goes. I think it's time to have a mobile repair guy come in!




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The output breaker is a circuit breaker, not a fuse. To reset you push in the white button on the front. If it won't stay in or does not supply power. then it is burned out and needs replaced.

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1995brave wrote:

The output breaker is a circuit breaker, not a fuse. To reset you push in the white button on the front. If it won't stay in or does not supply power. then it is burned out and needs replaced.


It won't stay in and now that it (the unit) has been dismantled, it will be hard to put back together. We never figured out how to replace it as that was the intention. Do you know how?

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From what I see, this unit is strictly an inverter and should not have anything to do with your malfunctioning cigarette lighter outlets. This inverter could be the cause of some non functioning 120 volt outlets but not 12 volt. The green indicator light that is illuminated means the unit is getting 12 volt power to it. You may have to remove the unit in order to get it reassembled properly. It is important to do so because it is a short hazard as it stands especially if your unit has the "T" option which acts like a transfer switch for the inverter controlled 120 outlets. Below is a link to an owners manual (may not be the correct manual since I can't tell the series). Your 12 volt lighter plug problem has to be elsewhere.

Dimension inverter manual

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the_armadillo wrote:

From what I see, this unit is strictly an inverter and should not have anything to do with your malfunctioning cigarette lighter outlets. This inverter could be the cause of some non functioning 120 volt outlets but not 12 volt. The green indicator light that is illuminated means the unit is getting 12 volt power to it. You may have to remove the unit in order to get it reassembled properly. It is important to do so because it is a short hazard as it stands especially if your unit has the "T" option which acts like a transfer switch for the inverter controlled 120 outlets. Below is a link to an owners manual (may not be the correct manual since I can't tell the series). Your 12 volt lighter plug problem has to be elsewhere.

Dimension inverter manual


I had a mobile repair guy come in today and he confirmed that the inverter had nothing to do with the problem. There is no power going to the recepticle and no easy way to track it down because almost all the wires are yellow and there must be a bezillion of them! He is going to attach another hot wire to the recepticle so it can be used.

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That will work but interesting that he doesn't have a wire tracer.

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IMHO a good tech would know where to look for a fuse as this is the most likely problem. Plus tracing the wire with either a label or wire tracer/sniffer would lead back to the fuse.

What did the wiring diagram show?

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If you look at the yellow wire there should be labeling on it. It will match the code in the wiring diagram.

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CA Traveler wrote:

IMHO a good tech would know where to look for a fuse as this is the most likely problem. Plus tracing the wire with either a label or wire tracer/sniffer would lead back to the fuse.

What did the wiring diagram show?


That's what I thought and he hasn't been back since yesterday so I don't know when he will be back. The wiring diagram didn't show hardly anything that can be traced back from the recepticle.

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