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`SAIL INDONESIA – 2007’ … 22 of 25 … `Inverter Failure’.

Bima, Indonesia … 23rd September 2007

***   FIRST HALF OF RALLY … DARWIN, AUSTRALIA TO BALI, INDONESIA   ***

I had a major electrical failure at Bima … the 1800 watt `Inverter’ decided to chuck-it-in (stop working).. 

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*** REPLACEMENT INVERTOR PURCHASED IN SINGAPORE. ***

An inverter is a very smart little electrical gadget that converts 12 volt DC battery power … to 240 volt AC household power, which then allows Yachties (or, caravaners) to run most household electrical appliances. My computer runs on 240 volts and this meant I was off-the-air with Sailmail … meaning I couldn’t communicate with daughters, relations and friends.

Except … I still had the great little Honda generator (which has an inbuilt inverter and will charge the computer directly) I bought in Brisbane!

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*** 1 KVA HONDA GENERATOR (WITH 1000 WATT INVERTER). MY STANDIN FOR CHARGING BATTERIES. ***

Further down the track another generous yachty friend (Bryan from SV Second Wind) loaned me his inverter and I could charge the computer from the ships batteries again. He’s a good man!

ooOoo

 

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