appliances stop working on system

6 Posts
Sep 18, 2008 01:17 am
appliances stop working on system

Hello,
   I have a system setup and running for the last five to six months, four gulf cart batteries, 170 watt solar panel, 1500 watt inverter and a solar boost 3024i charge controller. Five days ago my radio stops working with it, but will work fine on the grid. I though several of my 5 watt cf lights blew, but they worked on grid power as well. The higher wattage cf lights worked on the inverter (14 and 22 watt). Does any one know why this would happen?

Thanks for any suggestion.
 
184 Posts
Sep 18, 2008 09:28 am
Re: appliances stop working on system

I suspect that you're using a Modified Sine Wave Inverter.  The solution then is to switch to a pure sine wave inverter.
John
 
163 Posts
Sep 18, 2008 11:23 am
Re: appliances stop working on system

Hello,

The higher wattage cf lights worked on the inverter (14 and 22 watt). Does any one know why this would happen?

Thanks for any suggestion.

It sounds to me like perhaps your inverter is going into "sleep" mode when the power drain is very low. You can confirm this by plugging your radio in at the same time that you are using the 22 watt lights. If the radio works then is proves that the 5 watt lights and radio alone are not enough to "wake up" the inverter.

If it only started happening a week or so ago then I suspect that perhaps there was a load that you previously had on continuously that was sufficient to keep the inverter "awake" and you have since removed that load.
 
6 Posts
Sep 18, 2008 10:15 pm
Re: appliances stop working on system

Even when the higher wattage lights are on, the radio and the lower wattage bulbs wont come on. The inverter does not have the sleep feature. the inverter is a WAGAN 1500 (3500 surge) It is kind of strange to me!!!I am typing now with the lights on, and the radio won't come on, use to work.
 
6 Posts
Sep 19, 2008 12:17 am
Re: appliances stop working on system

I suspect that you're using a Modified Sine Wave Inverter.  The solution then is to switch to a pure sine wave inverter.
John

I am in low income earner in Jamaica, going for a pure sine wave inverter is going to kill me now
 
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