I have the Jackery Explorer 1000 Power Station. I was having trouble operating my portable air compressor. I thought the Power Station would run it without a problem, the compressor has a 7 amp motor. Well, with the in-rush of the induction motor it didn't work. But now, with the soft starter in line the compressor now runs fine.
The factory 400 watt inverter in my F250 couldn’t power my 180 watt laptop because of inrush current. This device solved that problem and allows me to run a bunch of other tools that would have tripped over current protection before.
Worked Perfect! My table saw started with a loud jolt. Now it is a smooth start. It saved me from buying a new table saw.
I had ideally hoped to run a 5000 btu mechanical A/C off this thing to eliminate startup surge to my inverter.
However, by the time the compressor approaches even about half of full speed after starting manually along with the fans, it gives up.
I was told that long startup time has to do with how long it takes the low amp AC to warm up the soft starter's thermosistor set designed for 12-15 amps heat not the A/Cs 5. It would be great to have a switch to, say, decide how many thermosistors to distribute the load to, as I understand it, allowing a 5-6 amp appliance to heat up in time.
I was skeptical it would work with my 120v 3/4HP above ground well pump as it drew over 50A peak and my 4000W inverter wouldn't start it. Now It draws 20-25a peak and 1100W constant until cutoff. The inverter handles it fine now and no light dimming either.