Something different to repair this time. My neighbor’s solar inverter suddenly stopped working. He already replaced it with a newer model, but would like to keep this one as a spare. So, he asked if I could take a look.
The first thing that came to mind is: how do I power this inverter. I need to test the DC side of this – and it needs quite a high DC voltage. I solved this by wiring two transformers back-to-back with a simple bridge rectifier and a smoothing cap. So it basically serves as an isolation transformer. But with high DC voltage, you need to be really careful.
So, testing with the DC voltage – dead. Absolutely nothing. Checking the filtering caps – everything looks fine, but nothing powers on the logic board. I get power until the transformer. And yes – visual inspection reveals there’s an issue with it: