Summary of the Sumry: Torroid based LF inverter charger with low standby current, available input Voltages of 12,24,48,etc
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Also available locally via Bit Deals Ebay:
Discussion is regarding correct connection of the inverter for use in a caravan:
BaronVonChickenPants wrote: ↑Tue, 24 Sep 2019, 12:16 Hi Doggy,
I was impressed with your report and ordered the same unit from Bit Deals for my caravan.
The unit has happily performed all of my work bench tests and I am ready to install it into the van.
I'm curious if you were able to connect an earth neutral bond or if you made do with the floating neutral from the inverter output?
paulvk wrote: ↑Wed, 25 Sep 2019, 07:24 a. Neutral link to ground.
b. Ground to existing house ground (copper stake).
NO definitely do not do this is against the rules you will have two earths on the neutral!!!!
With the newer units they have a relay for the neutral link.
If you are going to connect the inverter to a grid or generator with an existing neutral link you have to use a relay to switch the earth onto the neutral when the inverter is operating but to remove it when in by-pass and the grid or generator neutral earth is being passed through it is not allowed to have more than one earth on the neutral so only in stand alone no grid or generator with neutral link should you bond the output neutral to earth!
doggy wrote: ↑Wed, 25 Sep 2019, 08:01 Not sure you understand my setup.
The house is bonded in the normal manner. The grid does NOT connect to the inverter in any way. In other words I am NOT using the grid input (which is not connected) nor the ATS nor the inverter's charger.
Things connected to the inverter are totally separate from things connected to the grid. So they experience the neutral bonded to ground which is copper stake at the same location as the house ground.
T1 Terry wrote: ↑Wed, 25 Sep 2019, 10:41 Skip the copper stake bit, that is to make a connection back to the transformer or the power generator. You have the power generator on board in the form of an inverter. If the generator is a plug in device and has a fault to the metal frame and that is sitting on the ground, the stake will make a circuit back to the generator and that will become the earth neutral link, or anyone touching the conductive body will become the earth neutral link if the are bare foot on wet ground.
If you are not going to connect to the shore power at any time then you can get your sparkie to make an earth/neutral bond after the inverter. Be very careful about connecting and earth wire to the inverter body itself unless it is in the specified spot, many inverters use a live shell inside the inverter that is isolated from the outer body, earth that and the smoke comes out big time.
Another way around the problem is to leave the system floating and fit an RVD after the inverter. These sense voltage rather than current on the earth circuit and switch the power off without any current needing to pass through the poor sod who got themselves tangled up in the active wires.
Please, keep in mind only one class 1 appliance can be safely connected to a floating supply, if that happens to be a generator plugged into the shore power socket, the RV is the first class 1 appliance in the circuit as it has the earth bonded to the conductive frame and panels. A short to the body from either line 1 or line 2 of a floating supply turns it into an earth/neutral supply and the other line becomes the active. A second appliance with a fault to the active that comes into contact with the user will not trip the circuit breaker nor will the user feel anything, but if the user also touches the conductive parts of the body work, they become another appliance with all the available current passing through them. The RCD does not see this as a fault, the user is just another appliance it needs to power.
Just making sure I'm clear, you are saying to skip the earth neutral bond, leave the neutral floating but have the inverter output via an RCD to detect leakage.
In a caravan with double pole power points this "shouldn't" pose a safety risk. Should the chassis still be staked to earth?
The Sumry inverter dry contact is only for low voltage activation, it doesn't support MEN connect/disconnect.
The inverters casing is connected to earth on the AC input and AC output which would in turn be connected to the chassis of the van. But is isolated from the DC input or AC output.
On a separate note:
Has anyone had any luck communicating with the RS232 port on these inverters?