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Old 06-28-2008
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Default Electroliminecent inverters

God knows if I spelled that right, but does anyone know the pin-out for the inverters? I have two in the spaghetti jungle under my dash, but I don't know how to tell if they are working.
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Gardner,

The EL inverters are 12 volts in, AC volts out to the panel.
The AC volts are RMS, so you need a meter that reads RMS, may be 400+ volts. You may be able to hear a faint humming sound.

The wires to the panel are stiff and the connection to the panel is fragile.
If the wires are disconnected, it is near impossible to reconnect , they are held in place with what looks like Silicone caulk.
Check the potentiometers. The original inverters look like the size of a blue ice cube. You may be able to substitute with a good inverter to determine a failed part.
There should be atleast four hiding in the jungle of wires, maybe two in the upper dash.You guested it Stephen has them.
Oh !! The El means Gingerbread, It sure is Pretty at night.
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Don't drill a hole or damage those panels. They cost more than the bus. Better talk to Stephen. He has inverters and can make a new panel.
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Bill,
I hear a humming sound all the time, I used to shoot pistols in an indoor range and played drums in a loud band for several years. I am afraid a faint hum is lost forever for me.

I just wanted to verify the 12 volt input was there, but I don't know how the DC meter reacts too 400v AC, but I do know how I would react to it. I suppose it would be like a weak spark plug, it's not the voltage that hurts, it is when you jump up and slam your head against the hood that the real pain is discovered.
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