I've had this installed for one day, and already I'm enjoying the benefit of my new 3.5 kva inverter/charger.
To step back a bit, Andy and I sat down and discussed a plan for Lady Jane's power sometime in late 2007. An almost all day discussion if I remember rightly.
The core of the plan was an entire system for Lady Jane's power, revolving around the battery bank and external power supplies featuring:
- The batteries would provide 24V for the lights and other boat related functions.
- A big 3kw, pure sine, inverter would provide the mains power from the batteries.
- The batteries would be topped up using the wind generator.
- When the battery voltage dropped below a certain point, a generator would automatically start to charge the battery.
- The system would automatically switch power between a deck input (either one of my 2 deck generators or shore power), the donkey engine and the inverter.
- A separate mains power socket would be active when a generator/shore power was available to run things like a battery charger.
- 240V mains sockets would be installed at key points on the boat.
All that time ago, delivery on the plan seemed like an impossible task as some of this stuff neither of us had any idea about.
Of course, some elements of the plan such as the 24V lights and the wind generator were already in place and just had to be incorporated into whatever we were doing.
Since then, the highlights have been:
- The first of the actual wiring was done mid May 2007. At that point I had a 1 kva pure sine inverter. This initial system also handled the switching from the various power sources.
- I have crafted up an automatic generator starter, based on the battery voltage.
- We have mains sockets in the galley, on deck, in the workshop, in the wheelhouse, in the fish hold and in the battery room.
Suddenly, with the addition of this new inverter/charger, everything has come together beautifully.