Generator Fluctuating Voltage
Asked Jan 29, 2009, 08:20 PM
I have a 5kw 120/240v generator that powers my boat. A phase goes to the battery charging side of the inverter charger and B phase goes to the House Power side of the inverter charger. When the generator is running, I get a large voltage fluctuation from 108v to 127v and this causes the lights to fade in and out. I can’t image what it is doing to the flat screen TV’s and other electronics, but the lighting issue is just plain annoying.
When the generator is turned off, the inverter / charger automatically switches to invert mode, this transfer takes about 1-2 seconds. When this happens the lights flicker, which I can live with. What I would like to eliminate is that the TV & Satellite box shut off, and have to go through the whole “I just got plugged in for the first time” set up mode.
So I’m looking for a solution that will “A” balance the voltage and “B” store power for a short time during transfer. I thought of a UPS, but I would need a really big one, and when I’m not there for days and days, the batteries would go bad quickly. Any thoughts on, maybe some sort of capacitor?