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Old 05-19-2007, 09:13 PM   #1
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Ok, Thanks to your good advice I got a Honda eu2000 generator. (Nice little bugger!)

However, our microwave needs 1500 watts, Honda sez the generator gives up 1600 watts regular running. The microwave is just barely able to run on the generator. I am assuming our converter is also sending juice to recharge the batteries and thus the microwave is short changed.

I don't see any way to turn off the converter's battery charger - other than disconnecting the battery's ground. Any suggestions will be sincerely appreciated!

(Maybe we shouldn't have a microwave?)

Thanks!!!
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Ok, Thanks to your good advice I got a Honda eu2000 generator. (Nice little bugger!)

However, our microwave needs 1500 watts, Honda sez the generator gives up 1600 watts regular running. The microwave is just barely able to run on the generator. I am assuming our converter is also sending juice to recharge the batteries and thus the microwave is short changed.

I don't see any way to turn off the converter's battery charger - other than disconnecting the battery's ground. Any suggestions will be sincerely appreciated!

(Maybe we shouldn't have a microwave?)

Thanks!!!
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Old 05-20-2007, 05:42 AM   #3
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If the converter is easily accessible, just un plug it while running the microwave. Mine is located under drawers in the bedroom in my Bounder. When I added solar and an inverter I just unplugged it, that takes it out of the picture. Another option is to find out which breaker feeds it and shut it off each time you use the microwave.

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Old 05-20-2007, 06:31 AM   #4
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There may be other loads as well that are adding to the total load like the phantom loads for the TV/VCR and/or possible sat. receiver, etc. We put these loads on a power strip so we can turn them totally off on demand.
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One option which is frequently talked of is to add in a new on/off switch somewhere convenient, one with a little red light that comes on when the switch is on to tell you that the converter is operating. Simply add a new outlet to the circuit that the converter plugs into or re-route the romex to the switch first so that you can turn on/off the converter as needed. Another thing, if you fridge is on auto mode, it will switch to 110 if the generator is running, so the best idea is to lock it out to propane mode so that it doesn't add load as well.
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If you are going to mess around, why not run a special line or chord straight to the microwave.
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Dont forget the electric element on the refer and W/H Most are set to "auto" and will switch over as soon as they see 120VAC.
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This is why we have TWO generators, paralleled together.
Microwave struggles if trying to use one; but is fine with the two.
I still turn off the a/c while running the microwave though as your can hear the load on the generators if you try to run both at the same time.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BobCaesar:
Ok, Thanks to your good advice I got a Honda eu2000 generator. (Nice little bugger!)

However, our microwave needs 1500 watts, Honda sez the generator gives up 1600 watts regular running. The microwave is just barely able to run on the generator. I am assuming our converter is also sending juice to recharge the batteries and thus the microwave is short changed.

I don't see any way to turn off the converter's battery charger - other than disconnecting the battery's ground. Any suggestions will be sincerely appreciated!

(Maybe we shouldn't have a microwave?)

Thanks!!! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

This also depends on the microwave. I have a big electronic microwave that has fits on ANY generator.

It seems that the little "Cheap" microwaves with the mechanical times (such as Galanz and Sunbeam) work far better with a gen-set

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