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inverter generator modification.

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by gavthirdphase, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. gavthirdphase

    gavthirdphase

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    Mar 14, 2013
    I would like to buy a 1 kw suitcase generator to power a small heater and lights for my van when I go to the alps in a few weeks. I was going to buy an inverter generator which if you don't know is a motor that is connected to a three phase alternator which then rectifys the output to 12v DC then uses a inverter to change the output to 240v ac.

    I want to know how difficult it would be to modify the generator so I could use a car battery with the inverter part of the generator, when the engine is not running. I would like to be able to go to bed at night and then set a timer on my heater which would go on in the morning for half an hour, powered by my battery.

    any input would be appreciated.

    Gavin
     
  2. duke37

    duke37

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    What you suggest would be possible but you will need a circuit diagram (schematic) to know what to chop.

    A 12V heater would be simpler and would not risk your invertor.

    A 12V 24Ah battery running at 20A would give a heat out of 240W only and would last less than an hour.
     
  3. debe

    debe

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    Oct 15, 2011
    You will find Inverter type generators generate about 350V ac 3 phase. This is rectified & then choped up to give 240 V ac @ 50 cycles. Circuit is a Honda EU1000i.
     

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