bobleny Posted July 29, 2011 Report Share Posted July 29, 2011 I'm not sure if this is the right forum to put this in, I'm not even sure if this is the right site to post this in, but I have a diesel generator that produces 120V AC via a badly regulated alternator. It was actually causing our ACP UPS's to go nuts and click on and off repeatedly. I finally got the chance to hook it up to an oscilloscope and found out why. It looks kind of like a really bad stepped sine wave.Here is a really bad illustration of what it kind of sort of almost looks like:Unfortunately, I didn't have the foresight to take a picture of it. It has the basic shape of a sine wave and the peaks are at about 175V, but all along the line it had several voltage drops similar to the ones illustrated above. I just showed the worst ones, very little of it, if any, is smooth Like I would expect.So, I need to find some way of fixing the power. I would like something that I plug in line between the generator and the switch panel.I did find a power conditioner by APC but I don't think this would do what I would like it do, defiantly not on the scale I would like it to work.http://www.apc.com/products/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=h15&tab=featuresI've read several posts in various forums on this subject and they all seem to say the same thing, you shouldn't have bought such a piece of crap. I was hoping you guys, who seem to be very knowledgeable would be able to provide a better insight.Any ideas?Why is it so are to make dirty AC pretty?Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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