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

From: Chuck Kuecker (
Date: Wed Jan 17 2001 - 17:08:18 MST

At 05:55 PM 1/17/01 -0500, you wrote:
>Actually, the generator will put out a decent AC for anything but
>sensitive electronics like science instruments, etc. 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.

Mike -

What kind of AC generator puts out anything but a sine wave?

I understand the square wave problem with inverters, but not with rotating
machines like alternators. The big problem with the cheap sets is voltage
and frequency regulation.

Maybe if you severely overload the alternator, you will get a distorted
waveform...magnetic saturation effects...

Chuck Kuecker

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