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Posted by David Nebenzahl on June 20, 2010, 8:40 pm

On 6/20/2010 9:00 AM Tony spake thus:


By "stepped" you mean a square wave, no?

But even if the inverter outputs a square wave, that still shouldn't
cause flickering with incandescent lights. I'm going to guess that
you're going to need a signal with a frequency down around 10 Hz or less
to see that. Dunno what that could be.

OP: you don't happen to have access to a 'scope or a signal analyzer, do
you? Maybe know someone who owns one? It'd be interesting to connect a
scope and see what the waveform actually looks like.

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Posted by Tony on June 23, 2010, 3:05 pm

David Nebenzahl wrote:

No, it's all choppy.  Taking a bunch of little square waves to make up
one complete cycle.  On a scope it looks like steps going up and then
down.  The more steps the closer it gets to a sine wave.  Not just one
up and one down like a square wave.  It sounds good in theory, but
unless it's really a good one, it isn't worth the money.

I've run a few different computers and other electronic equipment off my
plain Jane generator (alternator) without any problems.  No electronics,
just a cheap generator (alternator) at about 60 Hz.  Most electronic
equipment is marked for 50 to 60 Hz showing that it isn't as sensitive
to frequency as one might think.

Posted by ransley on June 23, 2010, 9:44 pm

I know Honda EU series is stated to be cleaner than your AC, the
Inverter type can be the best but that generac is just defective junk.

Posted by Hustlin' Hank on June 20, 2010, 8:29 pm

On Jun 20, 4:51am, ddl@danlan.*com (Dan Lanciani) wrote:

Before you adjust the Governor, or change anything...............You
might want to put more of a load on it. A couple hundred watts isn't
much. Mine ( 3500 watt) did the same thing with only a couple lights
on it. I added more load and the flicker went away.


Posted by z on June 21, 2010, 6:32 am

ddl@danlan.*com (Dan Lanciani) wrote in

return it ASAP. You bought it to run some simple lights and it didn't do
the job -- so the various reasons why it failed don't help your lights.  
Get another one and if it fails get a different brand.

just saying what i'd do is all.. best of luck

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