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Topic Title: PlugOut exercise bikes - Would they work in the UK
Topic Summary: Would they work in the UK
Created On: 09 February 2013 12:54 PM
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 09 February 2013 12:54 PM
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robjd00

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Link removed/in...ike/exercise-bike.aspx

Was wondering if this technology would work in the UK? Plugout bikes must use a specialised synchronised inverter to match the phase and voltage of the system it is plugged into (abit like a what you get with a PV installation i presume?) but the US uses a 110 volt system. Does the bike feature a component that will match the 230v single phase voltage here?
 09 February 2013 09:26 PM
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ectophile

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It's not just the voltage that will be wrong. The US uses 60Hz mains, while in Europe, it is 50Hz. Even if you changed the voltage, there's no guarantee that the inverter would be able to synchronise.

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 12 February 2013 09:36 AM
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robjd00

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The link has now been removed, the bike generates an electrical current that is then fed into the mains via a socket at 110volts (at 60hz, thank you ectophile)). What components would be required to rectify the output voltage from the bike to 230 volts, 50hz and make sure the voltage is in phase with the supply voltage?Im guessing this is not looking like a cost effective idea for a piece of equipment that supplies just 100watthours per workout!!!
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