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Deep Well Pump Starter for Using Less Initial Current?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by velvetfoot, Oct 19, 2009.

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  1. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I think this topic might have been discussed years ago in conjunction with solar power, but I couldn't find it.

    Is there something that fits the title?
    The current setup has an inrush of something like 39 amps as I recall, and my 5kw generator choked on it.
    Would a starter with capacitors help?
    What/where would I look?
    Thanks.

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  2. kobudo

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    We run our place off solar/batteries with generator backup.
    Our well guy installed a "soft start" type system that is easier on the batteries and doesn't use so much power.
  3. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for replying.
    Is that kind of thing possible to retrofit to a conventional 2-wire deep well pump?
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