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Old 02-05-2010, 04:16 PM   #1
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in line voltage regulator/ surge surpressor


is there a product available that installs in line with the input of a generator to the sub panel that regulates voltage spikes coming from the generator? will a typical whole house surge surpressor accomplish this? thanks
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Surge suppressors will allow a certain amount of "spiking" and will not "clean up" the electricity from a generator...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surge_protector

Some generators are now claiming to be "electronics friendly"...
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=...a94940edcea411

Then for a reasonable cost, you can get an "online" "true sine" UPS (uninterruptible power supply) which is pretty much used as a backup for computers. These "make their own electricity" and are *always* providing this electricity. That is what the "online" means. And it is quality electricity, that is what the "true sine" means. Here is a link to those...
http://www.google.com/products?hl=en...-8&sa=N&tab=wf

Here are a couple of AC voltage regulators and then a search for more...
http://www.falconups.com/precisionacregulators.htm

More...
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&safe=of...a94940edcea411


What "dirty" electricity looks like...
http://www.jkovach.net/projects/powerquality/
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thanks. i'll take a look at the links
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I wonder if any of these would clean up the power. They claim to have a sine wave tracking filter.


http://www.liebertcanada.ca/sites/Ne...Power_5-06.pdf


http://cavlon.com/zcstore/index.php?...roducts_id=317

http://ssiofgeorgia.com/residential/powerforhome.php

http://www.erico.com/public/library/Rail/LT0014.pdf
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Are you having issues with running a generator and using electronics simultaneously? I watch my 52 inch TV and use my computer on generator power. I guess it would depend on the generator. I have a portable 8KW made by Briggs and Stratton and have no problems at all.
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the 8kw briggs has an automatic voltage regulator built in. The generator I have right now does not. I am concerned about my gas furnace not firing. I have not tested the furnace running off the generator yet. I plan on upgrading to the 8kw briggs later this year so I don't have any issues.
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