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Old 07-13-2012, 02:55 PM   #1
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Franks Autotransformers

Just got off the phone with Frank Izbinski, the owner and inventor of the Franks 2 stage autotransformer.

What a wonderful guy to talk to. Spent about half an hour talking about his unit and the merits of his patented design.

If you have a Franks unit already DO NOT waste your money buying a surge protector. You do not need it.

He makes 3 different power conditioners. He makes a 30 amp; a 50-70 amp and a 100 amp unit.

They ALL have these standard and some proprietary features:

Low Voltage shutdown - 93 volts (it will boost any voltage 93 volts or higher up to 16%)

High Voltage shutdown - 129 volts (it will detect and clamp any spike exceeding 130 volts; shutting off power to your camper before damage can occur. Including improperly wired 220 socket.)

Built in reset-able circuit protection on side of case. Say you plug into a 50 amp service on the pole with a 30 amp camper through the Franks unit and because of low voltage on the incoming service requires boost. This could pull more than 30 amps through the Franks unit trying to provide the full 30 amps to your camper at the boosted voltage. The internal circuit protection protects the Franks unit form overload.

The Franks 2 stage booster has the highest percentage boost available and provides it in two steps (8% and 16%) to give you the maximum current at the highest possible normal voltage.

All AUTOMATIC re-start of service after a shutdown. As soon as normal voltage is restored, the Franks unit will restart automatically to continue providing uninterrupted power service.

INTEGRAL SURGE PROTECTION - The highest available of all autotransformers out there and higher than most stand alone surge protectors.

30 amp unit - 3500 Joules
50 amp unit - 7000 Joules
100 amp unit - 9,000 Joules

This unit is proprietary to Frank's Electronics and available only through his web site. Voltage Booster

While occasionally seen on eBay, they are re-sellers of Frank's units. He would prefer that the units were ordered through his web site.

Saved my bacon on more than one occasion.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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Engineering review of the Franks Autotransformer.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:19 PM   #3
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The air conditioner was running just fine with the Franks unit boosting in high boost.
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Very nice Herk!
Wishi I had heard this before I bought my surge protector a couple of months ago.... Maybe I can ebay it - never been used, ha ha
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Very nice Herk!
Wishi I had heard this before I bought my surge protector a couple of months ago.... Maybe I can ebay it - never been used, ha ha
Any chance you brought it at CW and got the extended protection plan? If so, you can still return it for a refund.
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Any chance you brought it at CW and got the extended protection plan? If so, you can still return it for a refund.
Nice thought, but it was not through CW...
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Auto Transformers are nice but anyone interested in getting one should read this article as well as there is always a trade off as you cannot get anything for free in this world and you may just pick up an unhappy neighbor in trade for your increase in voltage. And I bet Frank did not discuss this with you Herk.
Not to say I am not considering one for the future but just saying we should all be aware of all the facts.

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Auto Transformers are nice but anyone interested in getting one should read this article as well as there is always a trade off as you cannot get anything for free in this world and you may just pick up an unhappy neighbor in trade for your increase in voltage. And I bet Frank did not discuss this with you Herk.

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Have been thinking of getting this unit for some time. Nice to hear some positive comments. Really like to build it into my rig as I am sure this article would walk away very fast due to some envious neighbours.
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My question is what if 6 guys on a line of 10 all have auto transformers?
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