I need to power a colour laser printer away from mains power from a generator. I'm well aware that the high current a laser briefly draws as it starts printing a job is going to cause problems.
I haven't yet bought the laser printer, but if anyone knows of a model with low inrush current it would be helpful.
I have a choice of generators available, all digital sinewave types, in outputs of 1kva, 2kva, and 6kva. I also have to power 3 computers (of which 2 laptops), 2 dye-sub printers and 2 inkjet printers as well as networking gear etc from the same generator. I've powered everything but the (new) laser in the past from the 2kva generator without issues.
So, what is the answer? I notice the spec of one HP I was looking at had a peak inrush current of 40 amps as it starts printing. My 6kva generator can provide 22amps max....
Ideally, something like a UPS inline that can cope with the high peak current is the answer, but I'm not aware such a model exists, without going to massive plant type units.
The obvious answer is to not use a laser and stick with inkjets.... I'd really rather not do that if at all possible, but that's another story..!