I bought a Statpower ProWatt 2500 inverter off of e-bay. When I got it and hooked it up to a battery, it sparked as if there was a load on it, although the switch was off. Also the fan dosen't run. Ive only had it on for a min and it did put out a/c. My question is should the fan run whenever I turn it on or is it on a thermostat. I was curious if the anyone does a referb. on units like this. I only payed $30.00 for it, so I'd be interested in spending a bit to get this "refurbed".
It sparked because there was a load on it... it was charging all of those little bitty capacitors in it's tummy-tum.
It doesn't matter is the switch is on or off... in order to have power when you flip the switch, it has to be ready. It therefore takes power from the 12V source and holds it in standby mode. If it sits for long enough without power, the charge bleeds off, and then when you reconnect it sparks all over again.
Just make sure you don't have the inverter and the batteries in the same enclosed box when you hook them together... Otherwise, KaaPoowww.
The fan will only run when the inverter is actually inverting.. There is a lot of loss in the cheap inverters, mostly through heat.. the fan is there to keep that from happening, but like with most modern electronic products, they have it on a thermostat to only draw when the transistors heat up beyond a certain point.
There is absolutely no reason in the world to have the critter rebuilt if it's doing it's job. Turn it on, check the output with your handy dandy VTVM (or VOM), then plug something worthwhile into it like a space heater or a microwave. The fan should come on after just a few minutes. The meter should still read close to the values set out in the owners manual as supplied by Stat Power.