Originally Posted by xluke
I was wondering if it is at all advisable to run a 16kbtu air conditioner from a large inverter
while using a generator
to keep the charge on the batteries
(would only be one 130ampH battery) topped off. I have a 2kwatt generator
that is unable to handle the surge of the generator, but also have an inverter
that can handle the load, so this seemed like a reasonable approach. I'm concerned about killing the deep cycles, but perhaps this is not too much of an issue.
Anyone have any experience / suggestions about this?
It's a perfectly reasonable approach if the inverter has capacity adequate to cover the startup surge (most of them will support a much larger load for a short period of time, than their rated power), and if your batteries
have enough power
to cover the shortfall (doesn't take much for just a couple of seconds of load).
An even better approach is to use a charger/inverter which has a power
boost feature -- which will pass through AC power but supplement this with inverter power when needed to make up short-term deficits. Mastervolt and Victron make these. I have a Victron Multiplus in my boat
and it works a treat for this purpose. I don't have air conditioning
, but I can easily pop breakers on 16 amp shore power
circuits if I don't use this feature. I set the current
limit on the Victron and it will not allow the electrical system
to take more than that from shore power
(or generator). It will invert power if someone, for example, switches on an electric
kettle which on top of other loads exceeds shore power capacity. Works great. Would be perfect for air conditioning
startup loads like in your case.