generators

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 22:04
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First i would like to thank everybody that helped me with my previous question about generators.
my last question on this subject is do i need a surge protector.
the reason i ask is because when i connected a lead light to the generator it was obvious the voltage was irregular.
lau
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Reply By: fran1 - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 02:45

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 02:45
You've answered you're own question.
if the light gets brighter it's obivious that that there's surge.
fran1
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Reply By: nickoff - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 07:23

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 07:23
Most generators, of the cheaper type, reqiure a load connected to stabize the output voltage. This load must be resistive, not inductive. I use a 150Watt halagon light.However, this might not apply to the more expensive inverter type sets, as their voltage control is much better. This will reduce the amount of flicker you get with the lights.

Nick.
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Follow Up By: skippie - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 15:09

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 15:09
thanks nick i'll try that
lau
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Reply By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 07:45

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 07:45
Why not look at the latest offering from Scorpion - a 1000W pure sine wave unit for $299. It may have a more stable 240v output than the $99 GMC jobbies....
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 07:46

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 07:46
Sorry - I forgot to mention that they were on sale at Repco for that. Better hurry! ;)
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Follow Up By: skippie - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 15:14

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 15:14
g.day omaroo.
yes i've got the cheapy from bunnings
should have posted this before i bought it
oh well live and learn.
thanks for you're help
lau
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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 09:38

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 09:38
Depends what you are trying to run off it. Fine for lights etc but they have a habit of blowing power supplies in electronics. I have one that I use purely for loss of power in storms etc. Great for lights but I'll get the gas camping stuff out to make a cuppa :))
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Follow Up By: skippie - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 15:20

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 15:20
g'day footloose'
i was intending to use it in my bushcamper to save the battery
whenever i could.
maybe i better just use it to charge the batterie's when needed.
thanks for you're help.
lau
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Reply By: hl - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 17:59

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 17:59
Don't worry about it... The voltage on them varies a little bit, especially with a light load. They DO NOT produce spikes, so a line filter is useless and not requred. There is nothing I can think of that would not run ok with these small gennies (within it's power rating, of course)

Cheers
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Follow Up By: skippie - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 10:39

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 10:39
thanks for you're input, hl
lau
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Reply By: Ron173 - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 07:13

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 07:13
I had a similair small gennie before I upgraded to my current 2.8kva which we use mainly for elec barbie grill superb in fire bans, plus almost anything else.

Previous one like yours was same on small lights, put a bit of load on it and it will stabilise better, also found mine quietened down with a medium load on it, small halogens around 150w work good.

note : in all time weve been camping, we use genny when we feel like it, dont usually camp next door to other people, cept on a site where no need for it, never had a complaint bout noise, one night another camp appeared close to me, and being winter I had heater on in van, (baby with us) approached bloke to see if it was bothering him................ what genny was reply. Two power cords and exhaust pointing away from you, usually with vehicle in between, never hear it.

I think people go over top bout genny noise, the bush is huge and room for everyone.

Ron
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 11:02

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 11:02
Got to agree about people going over the top about gennie noise ,trip to a park nth of Bundy on the coast ,mate was forced to leave on day 2 of a planned 10 day camp when batt failure forced him to revert to firing up the gennie ,,was put in hollow in sand dunnes 100mts away from nearest camp {ours} ,,was impossible to 'hear' gennie over sound of wind and waves kids ect , park supervisor gave marching orders as a complaint recieved that gennie was noisy ,,complaint came from camper who fired up and fast idled v8 powered 40series every morning at 6am and charged his batts for 2 hrs , same every evening at 5pm for 2 hrs ,, who,s the environmental vandal ??
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Reply By: skippie - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 10:48

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 10:48
g,day ron
I finally found my manual which states
it is not recomended to connect any electronic equipment to the generator
without a voltage or surge protector(this refers mainly to computors tv & stereo)
but it looks as tho 150 w halogen lamp will do the trick.
thanks for you're help.
lau
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