We have some aircon and other high consumption devices setup on 2nd output leg of our 5kw Quattro and these are only enabled if an input source is available - shore power or generator.
The startup spike of 4840w on the aircon unit is just a little more than our generator of 4500w can supply so the Quattro shuts that output leg down when it sees the startup spike. This is only a split second at startup and they draw around 900w when running.
My limited understanding was that PowerAssist should kick in to assist here and the Quattro can accommodate a spike equal to double its output - 10kw for us.
An attending technician tells me that PowerAssist would not apply in this instance as it does not work on 2nd output leg? This doesn't sound right according to the product description:
"This feature takes the principle of PowerControl to a further dimension allowing the Quattro to supplement the capacity of the alternative source. Where peak power is so often required only for a limited period, the Quattro will make sure that insufficient mains or generator power is immediately compensated for by power from the battery."
If this is the case, it would cost us an additional $1000 to install soft starts for the AC units, but my limited understanding is that the Quattro should use PowerAssist and allow for a spike of around 10kw in this scenario?