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Old 02-09-2016, 05:05 PM   #1
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Generator and UPS Question

Has anyone used a non invertertor generator with a APC UPS that has voltage regulation built in? Read online a lot of people are using this set up in their home, APC1300 with a generator with great success saving thousands.
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Old 02-09-2016, 05:08 PM   #2
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Is the plan to use the generator at home? The reason I ask is you will have some every sad neighbors at the campground if that is what it is for.
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Old 02-09-2016, 05:33 PM   #3
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Saving money as compared to what?

And depending on the quality of the generator output, the UPS can be pretty unhappy...
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Very inefficient system. Also even a 1000W UPS is very heavy. Not to mention the generator noise. Non-inverter generator will cause UPS alarm to activate so unless you have one where you can disable alarm you won't sleep.
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Are you talking about an UPS with a battery backup for computers and low wattage needs? I don't see how that's going to save money, with or without a generator. Running a generator in place of municipal power is not competitive even at the low current fuel prices.
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Old 02-10-2016, 12:30 AM   #6
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No I have a generator and pannel setup at home.

Cheaper as in a $499 generator and a $250 UPS compared to. $3500 inverter generator, cdn.

This is not to use instead of shore power, to use when there is no shore power.

Not worried about neighbours where this is used.

They are being run in homes with non inverter generators and not alarming. But only know of two.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:39 AM   #7
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If noise isn't an issue, why not just run off of the generator, without an invertor and get the full wattage?
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Are you asking if running the generator output through a UPS changes the sine wave of the voltage? If so, then I see where you are coming from. I haven't personally used this, but it might work. Personally, it would seem that the best practice would be to run the genny output through a UPS without batteries would be the best way to convert the output to pure sine wave, so that appliances in the RV would have "conditioned power", as opposed to the "dirty power" that comes out of a standard generator. That would bea good thing, but not sure if the circuitry in a UPS does this.
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How big of a ups are you looking at using? I just bought a 2800W peak 2600W running inverter generator for $799 cdn.
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Too Tall: Regular Generators are know to have poor voltage regulation and put out what is commonly referred to as "dirty power". Generators have been known to blow up electronics such as smart phones, laptops, newer electronics and cause issues with the converter in the trailer. Inverter Generators with manage the voltage and power are more expensive because of this and what I am trying to do is bypass the purchase of an expensive generator by inserting a voltage regulation and serge protector into the line for an extra $200 instead of an extra $2500 in cost.

Moodman: Some of the terms you use I have heard of reading up on the topic but not positive what they all mean. Basically I am looking to start a regular 4500 generator, run the line to a APC 1300 then plug the trailer into the APC. The APC will handle a solid 20amp load, although I have multiple electronics we can capably manage our use on a 20amp service. I just want to cut out the chance of blowing up my gear.

Happy vibe: looking at a APC 1300 UPS. Not looking for the battery back up part but the voltage and serge protection. The generator I am looking at is the Honda EU3000I. What kind of generator and where did you buy for 799.
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