The brilliance of these inverters is not only in the quality and reputation of Victron, but also in their unique "eco-mode" setting that allows you to leave the inverter on constantly. In this mode it draws a low .8watts of power as it sits and waits for you to plug something in. At this point it will turn itself on, and charge your laptop, phone, or whatever. Then it shuts itself down when your accessory is unplugged.
From the manufacturer:
The Victron Phoenix series inverters, including the 1200VA model, are competitively priced yet efficient and built to last. One of the specifications we're asked about on smaller inverters is the no-load power consumption, and this is one of the areas where the Victron Phoenix really shines, with about half the consumption of the closest competition. A search mode lowers it even more, to an amazing 0.8 to 1.0 watts. That's just one example of the engineering that has gone into these quality inverters.
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VE.Direct communication port can be connected to:
• A computer (VE.Direct to USB interface cable needed)
• Apple and Android smartphones, tablets, MacBooks and other devices (VE.Direct Bluetooth Smart dongle needed)
• Low battery voltage alarm trip and reset levels
• Low battery voltage cut-off and restart levels
• Dynamic cut-off: load dependent cut-off level
• ECO mode on/off and ECO mode sense level
• Input and output voltage, % load, and alarms
The full bridge plus toroidal transformer topology has proven its reliability over many years. The inverters are short circuit proof and protected against overheating, whether due to overload or high ambient temperature.
High start-up power Needed to start loads such as power converters for LED lamps, halogen lamps or electric tools.
ECO mode When in ECO mode, the inverter will switch to standby when the load decreases below a preset value. Once in standby the inverter will switch on for a short period (adjustable, default: every 2.5 seconds). If the load exceeds a preset level, the inverter will remain on.
Remote on/off A remote on/off switch can be connected to a two pole connector, or between battery plus and the left hand contact of the two pole connector.
All models feature low battery voltage, high battery voltage, high temperature, overload, and short circuit protection.
All Victron products (except batteries) come with a 5 year worldwide warranty, supported by an international network of service points and dealers.