Re: Now the Bay Area rolling blackouts begin...

From: Russell Whitaker (
Date: Wed Jan 17 2001 - 16:06:12 MST

>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
>Actually, the generator will put out a decent AC for anything but
>sensitive electronics like science instruments, etc.

Yep. The intent of my statement was to keep people from
plugging the output of their 5kW Honda generators directly
into their house's primary bus without some intermediate
switching and conditioning equipment. Better to simply
plug some appliances directly into a power strip itself
plugged into the generator (such as the deep freeze containing
your 90kg of venison).

>You can also, if
>you get a multimeter with sine wave display you can download and build a
>power conditioning circuit to soften the sine wave off of the blocky one
>typically seen with cheaper gensets. You only need a Trace inverter if
>you are using a DC generator like solar power.

I've got that sort of gear, not using it for home. OK for
topping off deep cycle marine batteries. Solar cells are
just too expensive for occasional use.


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