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Honda EU1000i w/ProTech-4 1250 charger
I have a ProMariner ProTech-4 1250 (50 amp) charger aboard my sailboat. It works great with shore power from the marina. I recently had given to me a brand new Honda EU1000i generator.
The honda generator supposedly is rated for 900VA and reads 1000VA as maximum output. The ProMariner tech I called and spoke to tells me that the charger needs about 900-1000VA to function. He claims this should work.
When I connect the generator to the shore power socket on my boat and turn on the charger, the honda picks up RPM and then few seconds later you can hear it throttle way down. The overload indicator light on the honda lights up and the power is cut to the charger.
Reading the manual, it states that the overload light will come on when it is in excess of 1000VA or if there is a short circuit in a connected appliance.
The ProMariner tech tells me that he thinks it is a modified sound wave issue that is short circuiting it. He says to remedy the problem, place a small load on the honda genset prior to activating the charger. This does not work: I tried many different appliances, small and big. The overload light simply always comes on.
The only success I had running 'em was when the batteries are already 100% charged -- the charger stays on with the generator indefinitely (which tells me it isn't a modified sound wave problem). Perhaps it is overloading and the tech doesn't want to admit it ?
Does anyone have any ideas? I am new to cruising and sailing all together, and after training and preparing for 9 months, I am about to leave Panama for San Blas and Cartagena. Would love to have this working.
Any help is appreciated.