I recently installed a Victron inverter/charger which puts out around 2.5kW (nominally 3, until you look at the temperture/output chart). My alternator
is a Leese-Neville 24 volt 110 amp schoolbus unit which can theoretically put out around the same amount of power -- 2.6kW or so, as long as it's turning a certain RPM
I experimented last summer and was pleased that I could wash and dry an entire load of clothes while underway and motoring in my washer/dryer which needs 2.3kW, using the inverter
. I checked the temperature of the alternator
during this experiment
and was pleased that it did not rise above 80 or 90 degrees C, which I think is well within its operating parameters.
I have not repeated the experiment
because it seemed to me that alternators are not designed to be operated for any period of time at their maximum output.
Is that true, or not? Is the question temperature? If the temps stay within a reasonable limit, is it ok to use them like this? Or not?