Power Genius Voltage Requirement

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I thought I had read somewhere that the PGXL required 220v and would not run on 120v.  Today I was looking at the specs and it says 90-250v AC.

I just want to confirm that it WILL work on 120v (at reduced output of course).

Norm
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From an upcoming FAQ update...

What are the power requirements for producing full legal limit RF power output?
A power rating of 20A @ 220 VAC (50 or 60 Hz) is required to produce full RF output.  The amplifier will operate on 110 VAC, but full RF power output cannot be achieved. Please consult a licensed electrician before installing any new electrical service.

What type of power plug is included with the PowerGenius XL?
The power cable included with the PowerGenius XL will come unterminated (with pigtails) at one end so that the user can install the proper plug for their AC electrical service.
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Thanks Tim.

I currently have a separate 20a at 120 VAC circuit at my station but no 220v.  I'm assuming I could most likely get around 1 KW from a 20 amp 120v line?  I guess I'm trying to figure out how many amps the PGXL will draw at various output levels.  500, 800, 1000, 1200 watts.  I presently run between 500 and 1kw from my 20 amp 120v line without problems.

Norm
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I'm assuming I could most likely get around 1 KW from a 20 amp 120v line? 

I can't say for certain.  There are other factors in play, but I think that is a reasonable assumption.
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Thanks Tim!
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Since amp rather geniously switches bias settings based on operating modes would guess one might squeek out more power in CW with a 120V line.

I didn't see it in the information but assume the power supply will incorporate power factor correction (PFC).