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Old 08-13-2011, 07:10 AM   #21
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Terry,

I have to agree with you. Not sure what was going on in my mind. You bring up an excellent point. The important part is if a capacitor is added, significant testing needs to be done to insure correct performance. I doubt most have the equipment time or knowledge to do it correctly. It can be a can of worms.

A small generator may trouble starting heavy load especially if that is the only load. A fan "on", may actually help add inertia to the system and help with the starting. While some may have problems and others not, really depends on many factors, including various loads and operating conditions.

Most modern electronics use SMP (switch mode power) supplies. Many are universal voltage input, and work by rectifying the AC to DC to charge a large capacitor, then use a switching regulator circuit to convert to lower voltage. The end result is they are tolerant to power noise and ride out dips in voltage. Older electronics with linear supplies may have problems with less than ideal power quality.

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