Re: [EVDL] Generator --> AC motor?
[quote]Jon Bishop wrote:
> Would this be any different if the generator was purchased in 1988?
Yes. An old generator will use a simpler system. It well may be able to
be adapted to run as a motor. But I agree with the previous posts that
ordinary AC motor are so easy to get that it probably isn't worth the
> mom's looking to get a new little honda generator for when the go
> camping (she wants to take her sewing machine up into the woods, and
> sit in their little trailer and sew. baffles me really... but anyway,
> back on topic) so I was thinking about taking their loud old noisy
> briggs and stratton for myself.
Sewing machines don't take much power. She probably doesn't actually run
the motor all that long, either. So, a better solution may be to get a
12vdc-to-120vac inverter that runs off their vehicle's 12v battery.
Don't buy a cheap no-name one though; most of them are junk.
If they worry about running the battery down so they can't start the
vehicle, I would change the starting battery to a deep cycle type (which
isn't hurt by deep discharges), and use an inverter that has an
automatic shutoff feature that leaves enough power in the battery to
start the engine. Or better yet, add a second battery for powering your
inverter. It gets recharged when the vehicle is started from its 12v system.
All this is standard practice in the RV world, so dealers there can help
them select the parts and install them.
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