Generator mainly to charge battery

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  1. mercedes sam

    mercedes sam Deleted User

    Hi Everybody!

    I recently purchased a Mercedes Autotrail Navajo on a 207d (b-reg) as a full-time project/home.

    And its great, really enjoying the sense of freedom and escape from the 'normal' mainstream lifestyles.

    I've got most of the main things sorted but want to ensure i have plenty of power!

    Thus, I am looking to purchase a reasonably small generator mainly to charge my leisure battery. But theres alot of gennys out there and I'm not sure what i need!

    Can anyone reccomend a reasonably priced (prob £500 max) generator that can charge a battery and maybe run a lap-top or some disco lights if we fancy making a party happen?

    Many thanks

    Sam!
     
  2. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    That price has Kipor written all over it.
     
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    hello n welcome ..becarefull what you buy theres hardly any weight spare for anything,check your pay load. 207d,s are notorious for being over weight before you start. auototrail need hanging for that base and the size of camper they built on i. cheers alan.
     
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    hello an welcome ? am lookn around myself for a geny for the same reason just to charge my battery bought one a while bk off amazon 900w which is more than enough to do the job ?brandnew delivered aswell it cost just under £50 quid it was worth every penny an not a bit noisey ? thanks keith:BigGrin:
     
  5. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    i agree with Brian..and watch the weight....a 2200watt (IG2600) kipor will cost around £450 and weighs, i think, 22kg but will run everything you want to use, short of a household kettle.

    running a genny just to charge your batteries is a very inefficient way to do it (bit like using a tractor to tow a 3ft box trailer) so buy a big'un and use the excess power to heat water, run the fridge, recharge lap top, mobile phone, ipod etc while its running.
    saves a bit of gas as well.

    bear in mind, to charge a flat battery may take in excess of 8 hours depending on the size of your charger.



    another option would be a solar panel if its just to charge batteries.
    mine was £400 on ebay and rarely use my genny now.
     
  6. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    There are a number of 850watt gennies about adequate for charging batteries, don't run a laptop or other electronic devices direct from them though as they are cheap and cheeerfull and not regulated.

    Via the battery, no problem, 240v debatable.

    PETER
     
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    come join the honda fan club:Wink:
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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  9. mercedes sam

    mercedes sam Deleted User

    Thanks everyone for your info!

    ....running a genny just to charge your batteries is a very inefficient way to do it (bit like using a tractor to tow a 3ft box trailer) so buy a big'un and use the excess power to heat water, run the fridge, recharge lap top, mobile phone, ipod etc while its running.....

    Thanks,
    I vaguely remember hearing of a peice of equipment that makes charging a battery with a genny more efficient, does anyone know anymore about this?

    i presume the kipor is a good brand as lots of people have reccomended it...

    Sam
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    hi sam,

    i dont know anything about the 'piece of equipment' you mentioned but the kipor is a copy of the honda, electronics wise, as was proved by honda trying to sue kipor for stealing their technology, and the engine is slightly noisier but not a lot.....(here come the honda brigade to shoot me down.):Rofl1:..

    in my view the kipor is the 'poor mans' honda, and, at less than half the price does the same job.:thumb:

    click the link to see the range......<<KIPOR>>
    they can be bought cheaper of ebay.
     
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    We have a 1kw Kippor Sinemaster. Brilliant, noise level on a par with the Honda. Our last van only had a 85APH battery and the Kippor was ran for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours ths charged the battery and allowed Steph to cook a meal in our Remoska which saw us through till the next day. :thumb:
     
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