Sorry for the delay in getting back to you folks. We are heading to the San Blas islands today, and preparations have taken over all our time.
We have decided to purchase
small 300W pure sine wave inverter, and weíve found a reputable marine
electrician that we will have look over our system when we arrive in Panama
. In the meantime, weíll use the DC to DC car adapter plug
to charge our one remaining laptop
(borrowed from a friend).
socaldmax- yes, we have a MPPT solar
controller, a flex max 80 from outback.
dauntlessny- the brick laptop charger
will take 100v to 240v, 50-60hz. The usb plug
was on a cigarette lighter type DC plug straight to the batteries.
CLady- Iím looking for reverse polarity. When I test positive to neutral I get ~110V, but pos to ground I get no voltage. No voltage from ground to neutral. Does this mean my ground isnít connected? Erg. Very possibly gremlins.
Tx J - I agree that the iPhone
explosion is likely a separate event. We arenít around anything high powered RF wise, aside from the Icom
, but we were not transmitting over it when the great sizzle of 2015 occurred.
chris95040- Thanks for your input on the brick-bypass. I agree that it seems like the brick could handle a spike and perhaps let some of it through to cook a more sensitive piece of equipment
in the computer board. The two bricks that led to computer failure were 60W, and the one that hasnít led to a fry is an 85W. Is that suspect?
Thank you all for your input. That helps so much. Weíll be off the grid for two weeks, but will post back when we get some insight in Panama
. Cheers, and happy electrical