Aldi 800watt generater is it big enough to charge batterys

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  1. robpam47

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    Hi Aldi are selling a 240v ac/ 12volt dc 800 watt generator on Sunday would it be big enough to charge batteries on motorhome it is 2 stroke 50/1, 4 litres tank it does not say the weight .Robert
     
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    yes
     
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    In answer to your question, probably, but no way would I plug it into my motorhome.
     
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    why not ?
     
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    Because its not inverter technology. Its 2 stroke and will stink and a good possibility of destroying MH electrics. You pays your money and takes a chance, but personally I wouldn't bother.
     
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    Well I didn't see that coming

    I would have replied as per UKBill, why has this never been used as a reason to weigh in all the Kippors?
     
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    ok sorry didnt know ya reasoning but i would agree with you
     
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    my kippor is great and the fact it annoys makes it even greater
     
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    Just had a look on Aldi's web site at the generator.
    It does what it says on the tin (top).
    WORKZONE.
    It is not a quiet generator, it is very noisy, especially as it is a two stroke.
    OK for building sites but not for camp sites, and I wouldn't put my neighbours through hell by running it at home.

    It's not motorhome friendly really. (n)
     
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    A lot of problems with these gen sets. Firstly, they are two stroke, and you have to mix the stuff up in the correct proportions. Many problems with leakage of fuel, which then 'melts' the rubber feet. They are very noisy, and they produce loads of exhaust smoke, and spares are non-existent. Plus, they aren't full sine-wave, and so battery chargers, camera chargers etc, can catch fire if plugged into them.
    They aren't new. Trade warehouses are flogging them off at stupid money. Beware if you buy one.
     
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    We have been using a cheap (£60) chinese 2 stroke generator for a while.
    They do stink for the first two minutes and do sound like a bag of spanners falling down a lift shaft but no problems with the van electrics and it will run a 45A intelligent charger
     
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    I was with you until you said.. "aren't full sine-wave" ,.. infact they are.. however...

    the problem is this..

    it's the genny speed that determines the frequency and it isn't governed very well, which means you can get frequency spikes when they start and when load is applied..

    If in any doubt.. ask someones dad.. ;)
     
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    Get solar panels ..:)

    Leave Generators on building sites , :(

    Give Peace a Chance :D
     
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    Sorry Jim, I thought these small cheap gennies used square wave as a 'get you by' alternative. I surrender to your superior knowledge!...(My dads dead, and anyway, all he was an expert at was driving tanks and women) :)
     
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    And The Noise !!
     
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    And the Fumes ...:eek:
     
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    You are getting confused with cheap inverters.

    A magnet rotating in a coil produces a sine wave in a power station and little genny.
     
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    Our little 700W kipor does the job ok plus
    It's yellow
    It annoys the Honda owners
    And at a push it will run a 500watt fan heater
     
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    Thanks Brian. I go with Jims 'revs = spikes' thing then. So how do these new inverter generators work?? Is it a normal armature set up, with an added inverter, or are they packed full of smoothing coils?
     
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    they work by being full of smoke yes that is correct SMOKE if you put the two output leads together the smoke will escape and it will no longer work
     
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