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Blowing up Inverters – Sort of
I now know what I didn't know. I know what I know. I don't know what I don't know I don't know. And I don't care that I don't know what I didn't know but now I know but could get by just fine not knowing.
The learning curve continues. Perhaps I'll have that carved on my headstone. Seems rather profound without being actually profound (a bit like Donald Rumsfeld). But I digress.I have managed to blow up one of the inverters on one of my solar generators. Not blow up as in it lies in pieces at my feet – but blow up as now when I push the button, nothing happens. I know why this happened, which is helpful. My mistake was believing the literature. The inverter was plenty big enough to handle the job, except that it wasn't.The information on the internet was wrong (imagine that). The manufacturer was apparently mistaken – asserting that limited power could handle the problem (why does this all keep reminding me of Donald Rumsfeld?) I have fixed the problem by installing an inverter that is rated to handle ten times the power requirements of the refrigerator. Colin Powell would be proud.Postscript: Turns out I didn't know what I knew. I went to replace the bad inverter – but it turned out to be a bad connection. The smaller inverter still won't power the refrigerator, but at least it didn't meet its maker... yet.
Jay and Annie Warmke run a sustainability center in southern Ohio that features an Earthship (a passive solar home made of tires and garbage), straw bale buildings, various critters and more. Find out all about it at www.bluerockstation.com
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