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Kurt

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Frigoboat air conditioning
« on: 07 November, 2010, 18:29:07 »
I am a relatively new owner of a Contest 46 which has a Frigoboat Air conditioner.   The boat has 240 50hz power;  I am in the US and would like to be able to use the AC when plugged into to 220 60hz shore power.  Does anyone have experience with an adapter for the boat, or changing the compressor motor to run on both? 

Most everything else runs fine on the 220-60, although I have been advised by the very knowledgeable former owner not to run the AC, Washing machine or watermaker on it.  The AC is  the only one I would like to be able run on shore power.

Thanks for any thoughts.

Kurt  Strasser  "Escapade"


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Re: Frigoboat air conditioning
« Reply #1 on: 07 November, 2010, 21:28:30 »
Hi Kurt, welcome to this forum. In my experience it should not be a problem to run the AC (or the washing machine) on a 220V, 60Hz power since a lot of electrical motors are designed to run within a certain marge. Can you tell what info on power consumption is mentionend on device itself?
I've never heard about a convertor from 240 to 220, only 240 tot 110/120. Alternative could be the use of a (small) generator or a combi charger/inverter on your batteries?

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Re: Frigoboat air conditioning
« Reply #2 on: 07 November, 2010, 21:47:06 »
sorry Kurt and BJ,

In my opinion it is not advisable to run any equipment designed for 50Hz on 60Hz.
The biggest problem will probably be that the electrotechnical parts such as integrated circuits and printplates contain specific constructed parts for 50Hz or 60Hz.  The consequensis might be a destroyed IC or printplate. I don't know if there are converters from 60 to 50Hz. Please contact the manufaturer of your equipment to ask for their opinion. I would not try to find out by testing it yourselves.

all the best, Eric

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Re: Frigoboat air conditioning
« Reply #3 on: 08 November, 2010, 09:02:12 »
Eric, you're overlooking one minor detail: the IC's and circuitboard that you mention are running on DC, not AC, so 50 or 60Hhz is not an issue there.  The only problem could be an electronic clock which sometimes uses the AC frequency as a timebase.
Contacting the manufacturer is probably indeed the best thing tot do if you want to be sure, running the device from the on-board AC-net is a nice second imho.

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Re: Frigoboat air conditioning
« Reply #4 on: 11 December, 2010, 20:53:21 »
Thanks for the info--I will check the equipment and contact the manufacturer.
Kurt

 


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