Hooking up an APC LX power module at home.

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  1. XOIIO

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    HEy all, this is my first post, and I know it is about server hardware, but I'm gonna be wiring it up myself so I think it fits into these forums.

    I just aqquired an APC lx power module yesterday, and it has an output of 3200 watts! That's a nice amount of power which seems like it could be quite fun to use.

    I opened the cover, and found different wire markings, the interesting ones being marked AC_in 1 and 2. I figure, just taking a standard power cord (oh yeah I'm in canada, 120 volts here), and hooking it to these connectrions should work right?

    I'm not sure if this is perhaps a particularly bad idea, just looking for feedback/opinions/ideas about it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEy4Oy9nq4c

    Heres a video with it that I made yesterday (made it when I was dead tired so I say a coule dumbt hings XD)
     
  2. mcgyvr

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    exact part number?
     
  3. XOIIO

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  4. ScottWang

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    Look at the output part from the apc specs:
    Nominal Output Voltage 100V, 120V, 200V, 208V
    Output Voltage Note Configurable for 120/208 or 120/240 output voltage

    Look at the input part from the apc specs:
    Input voltage range for main operations 155 - 276V, but your input power is 120V.

    So do you know where the problem is?
     
  5. mcgyvr

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    and off to ebay it goes
     
  6. XOIIO

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    Damn, just noticed that, I was looking and the wrong thing :/

    Thats the thing I doubt anyone will buy it, I've got quite a few things related to servers, raids, and whatnot, but there's so much of that on eba already:/ I guess I'll just part it out.
     
  7. XOIIO

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    Unless I can find a way to turn 120v into 200. I have this transformer which I've also been trying to find a use for.
    http://www.instructables.com/answers/What-can-I-do-with-this-transformer/

    I'm not sure if that would work though.
     
  8. ScottWang

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    Just a simple calculation:
    Po : 3200Watts
    Vo : 200V
    Io = Po/Vo = 3200 Watts/200V = 16A.

    Vi = 120V.
    Ii = Po/Vi = 3200Watts /120V = 26.667A

    Maybe you need more 5% of current for backup and efficiency losing.
    So the current will be Ii = 26.667A * 1.05 = 28A.

    Check the current of your transformer, how much is it?
     
  9. XOIIO

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    As far as I could tell the current was not marked, I don't have it in front of me but I made not of everything and did not see anything related to current.
     
  10. XOIIO

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  12. BillB3857

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    If you wiring in Canada is like in the US, you should have 120/240 in your home. Do you have an electric range, clothes dryer, water heater, etc. They usually run on 240v. You just need the proper wiring and connectors that meet Canadian code.
     
  13. XOIIO

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    Yeah unfortunately pulling a stove off the wall isn't an option for me, I've got to find some way of stepping the voltage up, when I've got some more money I'm gonna order a transformer to do that and see how it goes.
     
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