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behaines
07-23-2008, 03:18 PM
Bobdowser just just got his Tripp-Lite APS3636VR (Inverter/Charger) working, and some snazzy pictures on his web site http://www.geopathfinder.com/9659 (On the bottom).
The manual: http://www.tripplite.com/shared/techdoc%5COwners-Manual%5C932269.pdf

Mine will be here tomorrow be here tomorrow. My reason for it is 2 fold. 1 as a charger, and the other is to act as a big honking UPS. I work out of my house and I need a good sized UPS for the computers I run. I'll post pictures of the conversion as I do it. Should not take long.


I created this thread to see what people experiences are with inverters. :D

behaines
07-26-2008, 09:41 PM
I wired the inverter/charger the same way Bobdowser did. At the same time I also added the wiring for a range extender box I got from Jim C. @ the electric tractor store (http://www.elec-trak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3010).

I had charged the batteries with the built in charger 4 days before, I think I set it to "C" for the letter on the dial. The charge was around 90% of the Full mark on the fuel gauge. After 4 days it was closer to 80%. I plugged the Tripp Lite in and set it to charge only, and let it go. The initial charge status was Yellow & Red(Meaning 41%-%61% of charge on batteries), it ran for two ish hours and finally got to green(91%-Full charge) and was (I'm guessing) doing a float charge on the batteries. I really need to let it run over night and see what the results are, but so far it may be, as mfrerking said earlier, an issue with my charger.

The one thing I did note was the the + wiring going into the master disconnect was very warm. I'm using 6 gauge wire, so it should take the amps OK. Then I checked the disconnect it's self. It's warm, real warm. I can put and keep my hand on it, but it's like holding a glass cup of coffee. It's pretty toasty. There was also a kind of zapping sound from it during the heavy charging. Looks like it's time for a new one. :(

I'm dying to try the "Equalize" setting on the inverter. It's supposed to equalize the resistance of the cells in the batteries. I have NO clue if this will help, but I did get different reading from my hydrometer from different cells in a given battery.

I took a bunch of pictures during the wiring of this, I'll try and post them in the next couple of days.