Captain Goddammit wrote:I don't think there's a practical way to do what you're considering.
By the time you buy the hardware you'll need you would be better off getting another Honda, which is an infinitely better solution anyway. I see 'em on craigslist for $650-ish.
One EU2000 would be straining hard to run two 5 or 6k BTU A/Cs on the playa even after you started the compressers.
Something else I've found is that two idling EU2000s sound MUCH more pleasant than one screaming maxed-out one.
Yeah that's what I'm starting to think I honestly didn't really have much idea if what I was considering was even possible or if I had found the right equipment for it.
FIGJAM wrote:Maybe, but I didn't think the UPS was made to handle that much surge, and then have to do it repeatedly.
I didn't think a ups was the right type of solution either it was the only thing that in my limited knowledge I could think that might work, but after all the input from others i'm definitely won't be trying it with one.
some seeing eye wrote:I do not think this will work. UPS units are designed for electronic loads. Motors produce VARs volt-ampere reactive, a mismatch of the voltage and current waveforms. It would take specialized equipment to measure the air conditioner VARs and the UPS doesn't list a spec for VARs. Even if the UPS works once, it could fail unpredictably at a future point due to that mismatch.
Thanks for input! I had no idea bout any of that I'm really glad i asked
Captain Goddammit wrote:
By the way, they do make and sell "hard start kits" for air conditioners that consist mostly of a large capacitor.
Here's Grainger's selection, and there are plenty others. I don't think you can go too big, so get a large one. http://m.grainger.com/mobile/search/ecatalog/N-1z0dvex
This may work well enough, but I'm still doubting you'll run two A/Cs at playa altitude on a single EU2000.
Thanks for the link! I didn't know that they made those or the correct terminology to search them on google I'll check them out they are certainly much cheaper than a UPS and inverters, but I think I'll probably go with your suggestion of watching craigslist for a used eu2000i. Having the extra power of another genny might be nice to run some small sound or a small fridge.
sambojones wrote:... but the surge in power needed to kick the compressors on 2 units simultaneosly seems to always trip the breaker on the genny and just shut it down. ...
Does it work fine if you start one A/C unit and then the other? If so, why not rewire the air conditioners so they operate in tandem with a circuit that will only allow one unit to start at a time? It will require a bit of thinking, but it can be done with relays and time delays. You could also wink out a heavy load during compressor start (e.g. some lighting circuit) if it still doesn't work (recommended: design in a second outlet that will let you do that, even if you don't think you'll need to use it.)
no unfortunately even if one ac is on and the compressor isn't running it doesn't have enough juice to get the second one running once it tries to kick the compressor on one on it just trips the breaker and shuts off the genny
does this water taste like raspberries or am I still fucked up...oh wait it's raspberry flavored water