Chris Greens generator

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  1. pappajohn

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    That must be Chris's... he has gone into production... :Eeek:

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    That looks impressive pappajohn, what are your thoughts?
     
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    seen Chris's in action (same thing, different design) and it does what it says on the tin.
    not sure but i think Chris's is 70amps

    could do with a better silencer on the Honda 50cc engine but can be sorted and not too loud as it is.

    i wouldn't want to use it all the time as i think it will eventually kill your batteries charging too fast, but in an emergency situation it will get you out of the brown stuff pretty damned quick :thumb:
     
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    with a radical design overhaul JJ :Laughing:
     
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    Fitting 3 more solar panels on Sunday so hopefully I won't need it, however it looks really good and would be great for getting a vehicle started if battery was flat.

    The pictures a bit blurry but I expect the label says 'Chris Green Enterprises' or similar.:Rofl1:
     
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    £500 :Eeek:
     
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    close :Wink: 'the super charger .co.uk'
     
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    overpriced.....and I dont think its a Honda engine to boot :Doh:
     
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    I agree John and at £400 plus its a bit of a luxury plus the temptation to use it may just be a little more that the batteries could stand, especially if its someone that not too familiar to the needs of a battery, I.E. electrolight, If I was asked I would say stay away, spend the money on solar panels.

    Doug...
     
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    1st point doug!! i was at the whenbury meet over the new year,and all the van's fitted with solar panels had to use a genny to keep the batteries charged:Doh:solar is ok in the summer:thumb: but winter?????????
    2nd point!! an alternator charger will not damage the batteries,they are regulated as the batteries need less charge the alternator will adjust itself and drop down to a trickle charge,you could leave it running 24/7 with no damage to the batteries.:thumb:
    a battery on a car can happily last 6 years with a alternator as its sole chargeing method,yes it will need topping up with electrolight,but dont all open vented batteries need it now and again?the battery on my car is seven years old and charged by a 140amp alternator and still good:thumb:
     
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    Advice from the Silk Route Club on charging from a generator...

    http://www.xor.org.uk/silkroute/equipment/generator.htm

     
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    good article,

    if you read advice in Christie engineering they say about 12v generator chargers, (and I agree)
    Long term continual use may shorten the life a a deep cycle battery as it will never be fully charged .. this can only be achieved by using a three stage charger..

    On balance, provided you understand how they work, the drawbacks and limitations .. :thumb:
     
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    cut and paste from
    http://www.xor.org.uk/silkroute/equipment/generator.htm
    Of course if you are plugged into the mains 24 hours a day, then providing your battery charger can supply say 5 amps you don't have a problem. The same is true if you drive for say two hours a day. However if there is no mains supply and you are not moving then you have to rely on solar power, a generator or you will have to run your vehicle engine for a couple of hours each day:Doh:
    and by doing so you are chargeing off a alternator,the same as i do with the 12v genny:Doh:
     
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    the reason i use cheap wet cell batteries:thumb:
     
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    I think this type of charger is the future. Especially for off-grid full timers who can get a full charge in 100 minutes rather than 12/16 hours from a 1kva Kipor.

    If a manufacturer can make one that is quieter than a Kipor (can't be that hard) I would definitely want to own one.
     
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    I would not like to push 50A into any of my batteries on a regular basis, it will surely reduce their life.
     
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    I think the best way is to use this as a backup for when the solar can't cope in the winter, and not use it routinely. Whether its worth what it costs for this purpose is another matter, even dedicated wildcampers might find it OK to compromise their principles and stay on a site for a bit to charge up on ehu, and certainly cheaper.
     

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