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Posted: 04/09/12 09:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with Bill. Abusing the generator and compressor motor in this way is probably not a good idea, regardless of whether it actually works long enough to demonstrate.

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And why doesn't anybody ever seem to think that running a 1,000 microwave, which draws more than many 13,500 btuh air conditioners, abuses the microwave or generator?


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Posted: 04/09/12 09:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

My best guess is that running an air conditioner on a 2k genny is not going to do much good to the motor for the compressor. 59 volts is...abuse.

I love mexbungalow's microwave test for alternative and shore power sources. At least a microwave is cheap to replace compared to an air conditioner.


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Hi Wayne,

My micro draws 1591 watts. No way I would run it on a Honda 2k unit. I'm waiting for that magnum 2800 watt inverter. It will be this years major upgrade!

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Posted: 04/09/12 09:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is it abuse when the video showed the low voltage was no more than one second?


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Hi Jim,

Yes it is still abuse, because it means the hard start capacitor was not able to hold enough energy to support the voltage. Maybe with an even bigger capacitor? (Or two in parallel?)

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That was with the poor little Honda on Eco though. I'd like to see how it does with it off since the Eu2000i has a very good surge capacity.


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What happens a while later when the compressor cycles with the genny already in eco mode?


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pianotuna wrote:

Hi Wayne,

My micro draws 1591 watts. No way I would run it on a Honda 2k unit. I'm waiting for that magnum 2800 watt inverter. It will be this years major upgrade!
You're going to get one??? Sweet!!!!


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Posted: 04/09/12 12:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

59 volts isn't good for either the compressor (likely dealing with a heavy load from being on), nor the generator. Three words: Locked rotor amps. For a 13500 BTU A/C, the inrush current can get to 40-60 amps.

IIRC, eventually the generator will go into overload mode, but it isn't good for the inverter part to be pushed to the edge of tripping that often.

Personally, I'd just get another eu2000i and a parallel kit, and at least know that I'm not going to sizzle my A/C unit. Just the cost of replacing the unit will be as much, if not more, than the cost of the MSRP on the second generator.

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