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Old 03-17-2013, 09:55 AM   #1
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Did I ruin the converter?

Put a battery disconnect switch on the battery. With my fat fingers I drop the wrench on the terminals, sparks aplenty. Did I ruin the converter? Not plugged into shore power at the time.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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Put a battery disconnect switch on the battery. With my fat fingers I drop the wrench on the terminals, sparks aplenty. Did I ruin the converter? Not plugged into shore power at the time.
Probably not as it has fuse protection .

Plug into shore power and see.

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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You probably didn't hurt it. Why not plug in and try it out?

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Put a battery disconnect switch on the battery. With my fat fingers I drop the wrench on the terminals, sparks aplenty. Did I ruin the converter? Not plugged into shore power at the time.
Hard to tell, only one way to find out. See if it still works. Myself I would disconnect the batteries and plug it in then see if you are getting the charge voltage on the battery terminals that you disconnected. There are a few good ways to check, this is onlt one of them, talk to Herk or turbo, they might be able to help you better.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:40 AM   #5
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The good news is you likely didn't. They are fuse protected from things such as reverse polarity etc.

The bad news is you might have. Ironically I did the exact same thing in my Travel Trailer a few years back. I did blow the converter. In fact toasted it real good. Luckily I have an amazing dealer they replaced it under my warranty. With that said even if you did blow the converter the swap out to a replacement is easy.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:48 AM   #6
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As you were not plugged into shore power, the sparks were just from jumping the battery terminals. You would get the same result from dropping a wrench on your car battery terminals. As long as the battery did not explode, you will be fine.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:51 AM   #7
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Shorting out the battery AT the battery with the trailer NOT on shore power would not
harm the converter.
Probably no harm was done but
BATTERIES CAN AND DO EXPLODE WHEN SHORTED.
I have personally seen this happen twice in an industrial environment.
ALWAY WEAR GLASSES OR GOGGLES when messing around a lead acid battery.
New eyes are pretty hard to come by in these parts......

You were lucky.
Be careful!!
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