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    Default Workzone (Aldi) 1800 w generator

    Two points.

    I have an in-built Sterling charger. They do not seem to get on. I guess it could be something to do with the waveform. I can't find my 'scope to check.

    Can anybody identify the battery charging outlet plug please?
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    Default Re: Workzone (Aldi) 1800 w generator

    Is this another one of those threads where you drip-feed us further information as we go along?

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    Default Re: Workzone (Aldi) 1800 w generator

    The Aldi battery chargers don't like the Workzone generators either; I know from experience!!

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    Default Re: Workzone (Aldi) 1800 w generator

    Alas, RS, it seems that your elite driving skills are more advanced than your support ones....




    Graham, dunno if this is the model of your generator but there are some Youtube videos of Aldi kit.

    Here's a screen dump of one of them, showing the cigarette lighter style 12v socket.



    My Honda genny has an 8 amp 12v socket which looks like the old caravan 12v sockets, with two slots at right angles.



    Other 12v socket configurations exist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarabande View Post
    Alas, RS, it seems that your elite driving skills are more advanced than your support ones....
    Be patient Sarabee, Graham will drip-feed us a picture of his particular gennie soon enough .... and your guessing will be over.

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    Default Re: Workzone (Aldi) 1800 w generator

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham_Wright View Post
    Two points.

    I have an in-built Sterling charger. They do not seem to get on. I guess it could be something to do with the waveform. I can't find my 'scope to check.

    Can anybody identify the battery charging outlet plug please?
    Is this not explained in the manual ?

    It is the socket labelled 12V DC. It will probably make a poor battery charger though which is why it is usually suggested that a mains voltage charger should be used .

    Here is a link to the video from which I guess Sarabande took the screen grab

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyHr3TsPk18&vl=en

    Dont forget to earth the device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicS View Post
    Is this not explained in the manual ?

    It is the socket labelled 12V DC. It will probably make a poor battery charger though which is why it is usually suggested that a mains voltage charger should be used .

    Here is a link to the video from which I guess Sarabande took the screen grab

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyHr3TsPk18&vl=en

    Dont forget to earth the device.
    Sorry - insufficient information as usual.

    It was the type of socket not its identity (which is clearly labelled). It has two flat pins at 90 to each other separated vertically (identical to the second picture in #4). It claims to chuck out 8 amps but bodging a connection inside was not very special.

    I have read elsewhere that the output is a pretty pure sine wave so Mr Sterling should be happy.

    The strange thing is that the charger has three outputs which I have fed through three breakers. Switching on a 12 volt output loads the genny which then picks up. Switching on a second output breaker again loads the genny but the breaker trips out.

    I now have a simple dumb charger on board that is doing a good job but I would like to understand and maybe fix the apparent Stirling problem. It worked ok on shore power but then it was really only trickle charging.

    This is the genny;- https://www.aldi.co.uk/workzone-petr...96344208706700
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    Default Re: Workzone (Aldi) 1800 w generator

    I have one of these cheapies for running bits and pieces on site to save lugging my big diesel Stephill about. It outputs a pretty much pure sine so should work with a Sterling switch mode power supply.

    What are the symptoms?
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    Quote Originally Posted by matthewriches View Post
    I have one of these cheapies for running bits and pieces on site to save lugging my big diesel Stephill about. It outputs a pretty much pure sine so should work with a Sterling switch mode power supply.

    What are the symptoms?
    As in #7.

    I'll give it another go today.
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