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on board generator

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:52 am
by essar
I freely admit I have nil scientific knowledge but am cautious by nature: so here goes with stupid question of the day.
What would happen if I plugged in a Peugeot Ion charger onto a 2kw Petrol generator AC supply-- would it blow the works ?

Re: on board generator

Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:53 pm
by Grumpy-b
Not a good idea.
1. Most generators dont deliver the stated output in a continuous usage.
2. You must use a high quality waveform, ie an Inverter generator. Poor waveform of cheap gennys has a lot of variation in voltage and a lot of spikes. I have had chargers of customers vehicles destroyed by doing this.
3. 2000w is just over 8 amps, most simple mains leads charge at 10 amps.

In conclusion, you should not consider doing this unless you have a generator with a significantly greater power output than you need (to deal with start up loads), it must have a clean waveform, ie na Inverter or large (as in huge site) generator.

DOnt expect repairs to your damaged charger to be cheap after you have tried it and failed.

Re: on board generator

Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:22 pm
by essar
thanks for the warning ,I suspected that it would not be that simple, and have not tried it .
It is irritating however that there seems to be no simple solution to on board emergency generation.
I suppose there is no mileage in the carrying of spare capacity batteries with some sort of "throw over" switch ?
I bet that's already been tried as well.

Re: on board generator

Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:32 pm
by Grumpy-b
80+ cells and around 300v its not an option to mess with.