Because of this little device, our solar set up, and our lithium batteries, we can run our Air Conditioner without having to run a generator or being plugged into shore power. It’s a beautiful thing!
The compressor on an air conditioner has a huge spike in power as it starts up. Because of this spike, it requires a lot of power to run an ac, typically a large generator or 50amp shore power supply. But the Easy Start does exactly as the name implies, it eases the start.
EasyStart is a custom-developed soft starter for single-phase motors. It can deliver 65-75% start current reduction as compared to a compressor’s LRA (locked-rotor amperage). In other words, it eases the start enough so we can run it through our inverter to power our AC off our lithium batteries.
Here is a video where we share the realities of running AC off our lithium batteries, the installation of the Easy Start on our original ACs right after we bought Curiosity, and some fun testing showing how the easy start works.