ALDI GENERATOR

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  1. Madeinengland

    Madeinengland Funster

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    I realise generators are a love/hate them topic, but we're looking for something to just tide us over until finances allow for solar panels, extra battery & possibly an inverter. Also we really want to use the van a bit more before adding lots of extras.
    What I'd like to ask is - would this be an ok temporary stopgap for occasional use of (I'm whispering this) a hairdryer and also to charge a laptop? Or do you think it's throwing good money down the drain?
    https://www.aldi.co.uk/2000w-invert...ct Image&utm_campaign=SpecialbuyEmail1stJulyC
     
  2. Jimbohorlicks

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    the kit to install solar panels will cost you less than the generator(y)
     
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    Get SOLAR or park a long long way from us lol
     
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    Looks like it is a two stroke so it will be bloody noisy just don't camp within 5 miles of anyone.
    You could fit a 100watt solar panel for a lot less.
     
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    The spec; looks decent and the d-b rating is within the range of most modern ones. So long as you are not running it 24/7 on site, ie, just long enough to do a job and not all day watching the telly!. Then sited properly it should be OK. I have personally taken issue with people who run them for hours on end. I have a old (first generation Honda) of 1980`s vintage which powers the charger for SWMBO`s mobility aids (and the hair drier!!). Which Solar on it`s own will not do! Minimum £150 for one panel and the controller, which will struggle to charge, even maintain, batteries in a UK winter.

    Edited Update:- I have a 100W solar panel, but the output will not support the use of a Charger with sufficient capacity to recharge a Mobility scooter, hence the Genny. A roof top of Panels MIGHT just???. But not in a UK winter!.

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  6. Madeinengland

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    Thanks for that. It really would only be for occasional use and more likely when we're in the middle of nowhere. If I were on a site it would hopefully be with EHU so wouldn't need or use it.

    Solar panels, extra batteries, inverter plus the fitting of them all would i'd imagine cost a thousand pound plus.
     
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    Cost us around £500 all in all there are bargains out there and easy to fix your self loads of info on here and a great bunch of funsters to advice try pricing it up and see x Kate
     
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    Not that I'm a lover of Gennys but I don't see anything in the specs that point to it being a 2 stroker, what made you think it was please?

    D.
     
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    100wat solars are on ebay for about 80 quid . get three of them a few lengths of ally angle or plastic angle . a reg for about 15 quid . a few cables and connectors . you hardly spend much more than the price of the genny. and quietness rules .
     
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    You beat me to it Dave. Nothing that I can see suggests it's a two stroke.

    Ian
     
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    if your going to get a genny get a diesel one . mines that load after 15 minutes your deaf so cant hear it .
    its lovely if someone starts a small genny . i start mine and they soon go away . hee hee .
     
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    I've just looked at the add again and it says comes with oil bottle thingy. so maybe that means it's two stroke.
    Is two stroke not good then?
     
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    The noise levels are as good as some of the quietest gennys excluding Hondas of course.
     
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    I can't see how heavy it is...

    I suspect it might be quite weighty.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Ye, but have only got one battery, and no inverter - so how am I gonna plug the 'air dryer in?
    Also although OH is very handy at diy and could probably do it, he would need talking through it lol.
     
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    Nothing wrong with 2 stroke , LC 350 was a great bike .
     
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    Look to me like a "Clone" of the Honda EU20i?. that has a 4 stroke?

    I am off to Aldi tomorrow, I will have a Nosey!. Aw! poo! just re-read the advert it`s Online only!

    Pete
     
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    Two strokes are very noisy and smoky!

    These (4 stroke) generators have quite small sumps so you do have to keep an eye on the oil levels - hence the provision of a small top up bottle.

    I think that if it was a two stroke it would probably have said so.

    Ian
     
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    yes you would require inverter . its a hard life .
    its a hard decision . mind easier now . solar is as cheap as it is .
    the genny wouldnt be wasted . just is it big enough long term . i have loads of solar but do carry a 2.8 kw genny for emergency welding jobs etc .
    it as come in usefull a few times .
    if you do end up with solar the genny is another garage item that you never know do you sell or keep.
     
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    its 4 stroke-"runs on unleaded petrol" however the noise level is shown as 69db more than 7mtrs away -( how much further away) as @Ambilkate says -don't park next to me :eek:
     
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