Power failure help

Submitted: Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:03
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Hi hoping someone can help us we are on east coast of Tasmaina and camping in national park we turned on the generator and everything was fine then all the 240v stopped working! All 12v still ok. Checked the trip switch, it is ok. The smart charge unit in the boot of van is on but no indicator lights are working, we have checked the fuses turned everything off and on and now at a loss!! HELP please ??
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:08

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:08
Has the genny overload tripped? Is there 240v out of the genny? Plugsomething into the genny and see if it works.
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Follow Up By: Member - Elly S (VIC) - Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:23

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:23
Hi Rod
Thanks how simple, can you tell we are new to this??!! Thanks again all working.
Regards Elly
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:35

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:35
No worries Elly. Hope you are enjoying Tassie, as we are. We are at Ross at the moment.
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Reply By: farouk - Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:12

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:12
The only thing I can suggest is to remove the 240V from the genny and connect a 240 volt appliiace direct to the genny, purpose of this is to eliminate the cable.
Colin
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Follow Up By: farouk - Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:14

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:14
Correction, I omitted to say remove 240Volt cable from genny. colin
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Follow Up By: Member - Elly S (VIC) - Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:25

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 16:25
Thanks Colin
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 20:12

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 20:12
Hi. Not sure what type or what size Generator you have. Keep in mind that the smaller ones can only supply so much current. The biggest mistake I made starting out was forgetting to turn the Hot Water 240v switch off. Could not figure out for the life of me why the Genny was running flat out and then tripped when I turned the jug on. Lucky I was only doing this to try out the Genny at home. After a while it stopped reving, that was when the hot water thing struck me. Cheers,Bob.

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Reply By: snailbait (Blue mntns) - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 17:46

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 17:46
hi
What type of genny do you

I burnt out a smart charger when i put the cheap genny on the to the charger

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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 08:14

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 08:14
Terry ...Is that because its unregulated ? 12v power
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Follow Up By: snailbait (Blue mntns) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 13:02

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 13:02
Nick
The 12 v that the genny puts out will not charge a 12 v battery

It will run 12 v lights or tools i do not know if it will run a 12 volt fridge

The cheap gennys will run 240 volt light but not computers or 240 v to 12 volt chargers

also there are 2 types of inverts one is a modified sign wave the othe is a pure sign wave

smart chargers must use pure sign waves that is similar to the what is at the home 240 v power plug

thats the best i can give in info i am not techinal

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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 13:48

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 13:48
thanks snailbait , I have cheap genny too scorpion 1kva .
we need to be careful dont we ..
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