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 Post subject: generator issue.
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:52 am 
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My power Generator is only putting out 106 volts. The battery charger and fans work ok but the florecent lights will not come on all the way. they just flicker. #-o Is there an adjustment? brushes maybe? Anyone else have this problem? Thanks Steve

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 Post subject: Re: generator issue.
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:09 am 
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Could be that it's not running fast enough to produce 60 Hz, which would also make the voltage low. Do you have an accurate way to check the RPM? Strobe light? Or a scope to check the Hz? Don't quote me on this but I think that thing has to turn like 3600 RPM to make 60 Hz.

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 Post subject: Re: generator issue.
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:35 am 
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No, I dont have a way to check the rpm. The engine is running like it has in the past. It is 6 years old. It started doing this about 6 months ago. It is a 3500 Watt Gen.

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 Post subject: Re: generator issue.
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:44 am 
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Is it one of those Chinese units???? If it is it's time for a new one as there not made to replace anything as you just can't get parts...

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 Post subject: Re: generator issue.
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:09 pm 
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Put a volt meter on it and turn the RPM up a touch to see if the voltage goes up and the lights come on. If it does, then I'd raise the RPM to where it puts out 120v and see if it will work like that. FYI, it could slow down over a period of time and you not really notice it. Wouldn't likely take but a couple of hundred RPM to cause these problems.

I've got a 4K Generac on my trailer tongue that is almost older than dirt. It is a Honda clone I got from Northern Tool back in the late 1990s and she just keeps on plugging along.

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 Post subject: Re: generator issue.
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:43 pm 
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If you are using a digital volt meter it might have a frequency scale on it. Like Ken said you need 60 hz. I remember my dad telling me that most electronics are more sensitive to frequency than volts. Frequency is going to be directly proportional to engine RPM. Adjust the engine speed according to frequency and then check your voltage. If you don't have a meter I do and I plan to test at the Valley Wednesday and I can bring it with me.

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 Post subject: Re: generator issue.
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I have a Flute multimeter. Ill check it out with the different RPMs also. It is an All-power. I called them and they said a new regulator is $20 + shipping. first I'll check RPM first and test it. Then beat on the regulator and test it. Then drain the cappacitor and try it. Then order a new regulator. ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: generator issue.
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:28 am 
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Well I tried what Ken and Chuck said. And you guys are the Man!! \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ I got it to idle at 120vac. Thats all it was. Thats why I love this site. Thanks.

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