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    Question Power Inverter or power plant

    what are some of the issues to know when dealing w/ Power Inverters?

    do they all run on gas?

    is it better to buy it in US or DR?

    whats a good price?

    whats difference bet an inverter and a power plant?

    which is better?

    any other related tips and info. will be greatly appreciated.

    thanks all

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    Quote Originally Posted by donrael
    do they all run on gas?
    Inverters are electrical converters that convert DC battery power to AC and have internal chargers to recharge the batterires when the power returns. Generators are mechanical units, driven by motors than spin generating systems and run on Gasoline, diesel and propane.


    Quote Originally Posted by donrael
    is it better to buy it in US or DR?
    Hard to say. If you want it to be serviced, it would be better to buy it in the country.


    Quote Originally Posted by donrael
    whats a good price?
    A good price/value, consists firstly of buying the correct equipment for your needs, in brands that are reliable and that can be serviced. Then, if you get a better than average price for the equipment you buy, it would be considered a good price.


    Quote Originally Posted by donrael
    whats difference bet an inverter and a power plant?
    Answered above.


    Quote Originally Posted by donrael
    which is better?
    They have different qualities and usages. An inverter will carry you through power failures until your batteries run out. If the power failures last longer than your battery bank can stand, then you're up a creek without a paddle. The reason so many people use them, is that they are silent, consume no fuel, do not emit fumes and switch over automatically in fractions of a second.
    Generators on the other hand, could carry you through an extended power failure.
    Most people who are properly equipped, have both.
    They run 99% of the time on the inverter and only use the generator if and when the batteries give up the ghost.

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    Robert, I understand if you need to delete this post, I will be buying advertising from you next week.

    I spent some time putting together an inverter FAQ for my website this week, and here it is:

    http://www.azconatechnologies.com/Inverter_FAQ.htm

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    Default thanks rocky

    nice detailed answers

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    Quote Originally Posted by donrael
    nice detailed answers
    De nada.
    If you have a specific project in mind, let us know.

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    I just got a new 1kilo Xantrex/Trace with 2 Batteries installed today.... Because it is saturday and I can't reach them anymore I thought I'd ask this question here.

    Since they installed the unit at 9AM it has been in "charge mode". 10 hours later (7PM) the charge light is solid yellow which according to the manual is the "Float charge". The 2 other lights (Status and Error) are still off and the Fan of the unit has been running ever since. I'm wondering if this is normal since the guy who installed it said this unit should have those 2 batteries (also new from Trace) fully charged within 2 hours and the fan would go off afterwards. Looked at at every 30 mins, all day, always the same thing. Should I worry?

    PS: I'm 100% sure that there has been no power outage since it got installed.
    Last edited by PlantaFULL; 10-01-2005 at 07:09 PM.

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    Dont worry, the float charge can go on for a very long time, since the amperage outputted will slowly decay as the batteries top off and ths is intended to top the batteries off without overfilling them.

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    Thanks for the reply MrMike... I'll see if its still in this mode tomorrow morning.
    Last edited by PlantaFULL; 10-01-2005 at 08:43 PM.

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    If this 1 K unit is anything like mine, it may have a setting for the battery type. If you have a manual, you could check to see if it does.
    On our bigger models, we have to set them to position 7, for lead acid batteries.
    If it were set to the wrong position, it might cause the symptom you are experiencing.
    Do you have a battery tester?
    If so, post the voltage here and we'll have an idea what's going on.
    Are your batteries getting hot?

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    I think the 1 kilo unit, like the 1/2 kilo only really has 1 switch on it, the 3 way one for switching it from "off" to "inverter" to "search".

    It has a handy little meter on the side that tells you how full/empty your batteries are too, but it's hard to read until you get used to your particular battery bank and know how many bars means full or empty.

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