Terry Smith
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Load - Sizing Help Needed based on Kill a Watt Readings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Terry Smith Aug 19, 2012. 16 Replies

Here is the situation and I need to know if I am overloading my configuration because I keep having to charge up the battery bank with a grid based charger a bit every few days in this extreme Texas…Continue

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Rick Westerfield replied to Terry Smith's discussion New 800 - Runs Rough - Adjustment ? in the group Harbor Freight 800 Watt Generator Users Group
"Hello,    I have purchased an NGK BPR5ES (aka Champion EZ Start 5322 or NY11YC4 - apparently, a resistor plug) and it fits in the Harbor Freight 800 watt generator - runs well.  But it and the Champion N11YC that I also looked at…"
Sep 29, 2012
Renewable Ray replied to Terry Smith's discussion New 800 - Runs Rough - Adjustment ? in the group Harbor Freight 800 Watt Generator Users Group
"Thanks Rick, please update us."
Sep 29, 2012
Rick Westerfield replied to Terry Smith's discussion New 800 - Runs Rough - Adjustment ? in the group Harbor Freight 800 Watt Generator Users Group
"Hello Ray,   After running that original Bonon spark plug through my abrasive spark plug cleaner (then rinsed in spray Brake Kleen solvent), the generator runs much better and for much longer.  It does eventually foul the spark plug but I…"
Sep 29, 2012
Renewable Ray replied to Terry Smith's discussion New 800 - Runs Rough - Adjustment ? in the group Harbor Freight 800 Watt Generator Users Group
"This is the one I was referred to but don't take my word for it. Double check before you buy.  > E3 E3.22 Small Engine Spark Plug"
Sep 28, 2012
Rick Westerfield replied to Terry Smith's discussion New 800 - Runs Rough - Adjustment ? in the group Harbor Freight 800 Watt Generator Users Group
"Does this plug cross reference to something that NGK or somebody else makes?  And I have cleaned the original plug in an abrasive spark plug blaster but not in a while.  So I might give that a try again. Thanks for the reply. Rick"
Sep 28, 2012
Renewable Ray replied to Terry Smith's discussion New 800 - Runs Rough - Adjustment ? in the group Harbor Freight 800 Watt Generator Users Group
"You guys, don't touch the carb or anything else on this thing until you rule out the spark plug. People who are familiar with these change it on the way home from buying it. Buy a good quality plug, get the gap perfect and give it a go."
Sep 28, 2012
Rick Westerfield replied to Terry Smith's discussion New 800 - Runs Rough - Adjustment ? in the group Harbor Freight 800 Watt Generator Users Group
"I am running into the same issue and it seems to be very sensitive to stale fuel. If you remove two nuts and a bolt, you can remove the black plastic shield protecting the carb to see a small black square over an adjustment screw.  I adjusted…"
Sep 28, 2012
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OK, you have your solar system up and running. It's time to prepare yourself for anything so you must have a Harbor Freight 800 Watt Generator. This is the place to share your experience with these generators both pros and cons.
Aug 25, 2012
kaimusailing replied to Terry Smith's discussion Load - Sizing Help Needed based on Kill a Watt Readings
"Hello Terry,      Thanks for adding the additional information.  The picture is getting clearer.  It looks like the environment for the freezer is kind of extreme, but it doesn't look like it is working…"
Aug 17, 2012
kaimusailing replied to Terry Smith's discussion Load - Sizing Help Needed based on Kill a Watt Readings
"Hello Terry,      Here is a link to DC ammeter design.  http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_1/chpt_8/4.html        My system in on a boat and the DC panel is made my Blue Sea Systems.  They…"
Aug 16, 2012
kaimusailing replied to Terry Smith's discussion Load - Sizing Help Needed based on Kill a Watt Readings
"Hello Terry,      These figures don't add up, it looks like about 85 watts DC converting to double that in AC.  Plus your comparison to grid AC draw confirms the draw from the inverter.  I would have expected the…"
Aug 15, 2012
kaimusailing replied to Terry Smith's discussion Load - Sizing Help Needed based on Kill a Watt Readings
"Hello Terry,      Are you using a modified sine wave inverter or pure sine wave?  It looks like your battery bank is approaching 700 AH capacity and your panels are putting out about 120-135 AH, so your batteries could use…"
Aug 14, 2012
Bill K replied to Terry Smith's discussion Load - Sizing Help Needed based on Kill a Watt Readings
"Terry?, You're on it, you're there, you did it, brother, and as a fellow solar refrigerator/freezer runner, congrats!!...the only thing I can add to the other folks comments, if at all possible, and if you can afford it,…"
Aug 11, 2012
W.R. Wahlquist replied to Terry Smith's discussion Load - Sizing Help Needed based on Kill a Watt Readings
"    Terry    Bill from the woods of Minnesota here. First on battery charge level, voltage will indicate this. If you hunt around there are charts that tell you battery voltage verses charge level. There are several…"
Aug 10, 2012
B. Kelly replied to Terry Smith's discussion Load - Sizing Help Needed based on Kill a Watt Readings
"I'm at 6 panels and testing using the MPPT Classic 150 controller I managed 9.2 amps from a single panel feeding a 12v bank.. granted this is what the MPPT does.. kicks that etra volts into usable amps.. I also managed 115-116 watts from the…"
Aug 9, 2012
Dave Bryant replied to Terry Smith's discussion Load - Sizing Help Needed based on Kill a Watt Readings
"What is the configuration and specs of your battery bank?"
Aug 9, 2012

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