#100753  by WoodyZ
 Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:03 am
Early on Saturday morning our main inverter let the smoke out. As yet I have no idea what failed in there but it was making a very satifying frying noise, wasn't using it for anything other than phone charging at the time either.

We had to revert to boiling the jug with gas, really slumming it. :TU
 #100758  by muzzanic
 Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:27 am
That's not good, However now you can have the fun of working out what inverter you would replace it with.

I'm very keen to hear what you go for.

Was the old 1 a cheap inverter or a flash one ?

Murray
 #100763  by Andrew and Debbie
 Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:35 am
So while you are waiting for the jug to boil on gas, are you going to attempt to put some smoke back into the inverter? That maybe is all that is required to get it working again.

Owners of older British cars may be aware of a Lucas product available here

[http://www3.telus.net/bc_triumph_registry/smoke.htm]

Perhaps you might find that can of replacement smoke useful. :TU

Cheers,
Andrew
 #100766  by MG366
 Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:46 am
[quote="Andrew and Debbie"]
Owners of older British cars may be aware of a Lucas product available here

[http://www3.telus.net/bc_triumph_registry/smoke.htm]

Maybe VW should have re-engineered that and put it in their diesels - Im surre they could make a reverse model of it :TU
Grant
 #100780  by WoodyZ
 Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:49 am
muzzanic wrote:Was the old 1 a cheap inverter or a flash one ?
It was in the middle somewhere price wise, producing a relatively clean waveform and at 2500watts continuous was being used within its capabilities. Without some major rethinking and bunch of other work, the flasher models are probably ruled out. Early days yet.
 #100781  by WoodyZ
 Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:02 pm
Andrew and Debbie wrote:So while you are waiting for the jug to boil on gas, are you going to attempt to put some smoke back into the inverter. Cheers,
Andrew
Didn't bother trying to get the smoke back in at the time, had far to many important things to do, drinking wine (well we had to drink something when the electric jug couldn't be used :-T), riding my bike, paddling my kayak, wetting my fishing line (I would like to say I was fishing but that requires a certain degree of cooperation from at least one fish :?), eating and did I mention, drinking wine?

I'll have to dismantle it to see if the component which let the smoke out has a smoke re-insertion valve.
 #100806  by idex
 Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:32 pm
Andrew and Debbie wrote: Owners of older British cars may be aware of a Lucas product available here

[http://www3.telus.net/bc_triumph_registry/smoke.htm]

Cheers,
Andrew
Thanks for that link Andrew. I've been trying to track down such a product for years without success. There are so many useful tips in the Q&A and it appears ideally suited for use in our Rover P5B V8.



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 #101252  by WoodyZ
 Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:54 pm
Replaced the inverter this afternoon (too windy to work) Another mid range but with even better characteristics than the dead one which I pulled apart to find that the smoke had escaped as I had expected from a large capacitor so repairable if I wish to use it for something else except that I have already ratted a couple of parts out of it for something else.
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