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Old 11-18-2017, 03:15 PM   #1
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Converter battery charging

I went out today to plug in the trailer to shore power to charge up the battery. The lights are on at each end of the power cord so the outlet is live. I flipped the switch to connect the batteries, then I flipped the converter breaker to "on".

Usually at this time it starts humming after a few seconds, then the readout says it is drawing about 8 amps to charge the batteries. This time the readout says 123V, E0, 60Hz, 0 amps. And no humming noise. There is a red dot in the lower right corner of the display.

I tried to start the fridge on 120 and no go.

When I flip the battery switch off and back on, it hums for about three seconds then no noise.

Any ideas what the problem might be? Bad converter or breaker?

Thanks for any suggestions.
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With the EMS you have to wait until at least 2 minutes before power is allowed to come through.
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Found the problem. If you want the converter to work you need to flip both the breaker marked converter and the one marked fridge to "on". Doesn't work with just the converter breaker flipped.

So glad it wasn't a big issue I am electrically challenged at the best of times.
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Found the problem. If you want the converter to work you need to flip both the breaker marked converter and the one marked fridge to "on". Doesn't work with just the converter breaker flipped.
We've seen this problem before, of mis-reading the panel labels. If you have turned off two breakers and need to turn both of them on to get AC power to the converter, then you have turned of both the branch circuit for the converter (which may also power the refrigerator) and the main breaker.


In this example from a previous discussion (showing Cathy's panel, with my annotations) the top breaker [30 amp] is the main - all power to the panel comes in through it. The next breaker down [15 amp] handles the power going out to the first branch circuit, which runs both the refrigerator and the converter.
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