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  1. Wizbangs

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    Hi,

    Over the weekend John got concerned over the level of the leisure batteries in the new Rapido. Even with the solar panel and great sunshine, it never seemed to top up past just over a third. So the search is on for a generator, basically for his peace of mind. The ones at the show were just way too heavy for either of us to lift in and out of the garage. Does anyone know of a good quality lightweight gen, that even I can lift out and start.

    Mary
     
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  3. Wizbangs

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    We saw that one at the show. :Smile: Still a bit heavy, though much lighter than the next size up.
     
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    I agree with Duane...

    I too have that model Kipor... not heavy, quite quiet and runs for hours and hours on one fill...

    JJ:Cool:
     
  5. Vic

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    Ok, as no-one else has asked yet....how long would a 700w take to charge a 110ah battery from flat....yes I know the battery would not be totally discharged, but I am an electrical numpty and it is the easiest way for me to understand.:thumb:
     
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    that 1 is fairly light but for the extra cash its best to go for the 1k version i got mine at newark and paid just 200 for it it was only 6mths old so before you pay for a new genny check out the shows and maybe ebay
     
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    my battery at newark was at half charge and the 1k 1 took around 4 hrs for full charge
    but ithe battery on mine although was showing half it may have been just below that so maybe at 3/4
     
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    ukbill,

    Thank you.
     
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    That depends entirely on the output of your on-board charger.
     
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    It would depend on the on board charger. Most are between 16-20 amps. So based on that, it would depend on how much charge your battery has discharged by.


    I have a Honda 1kw generator light and brilliant.

    However, it has not been out of the van since I fitted decent batteries and a B2B charger. Generators are great for instant power but have you thought of increasing your battery bank or adding more solar?

    TBH if you struggled at Peterborough in all that daylight and all that sun, I suggest you are either paranoid (as we all are) or not set up right.
     
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    my system has 1 leisure battery and because i had a problem with it while wild camping in portugal i decided to get a genny but as far as noise goes i dont see why you cant geta cheap genny to stay charged so long as its in the day but you will always get someone moan i suppose but if you aint worried about that then both of these are not to heavy but i think the 2nd 1 will be noisey :Wink:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-STROKE-...trial_Tools_Generators_ET&hash=item3a8061f65e

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/800w-Camp...trial_Tools_Generators_ET&hash=item3a7f4f6827
     
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    mary if ya batt never got over 1 3rd do you think the batt is ok pity i didnt know about it at Peterborough you could have tried me genny to see what the charge would have gone up to
     
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    I see you have a modern Rapido motorhome. Take my advise and do NOT buy any generator that is not an inverter charger. These cheap and cheerful 2 stroke generators will do more harm to your motorhomes electrics than throwing buckets of waste water into the works.
     
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    The 1k would not charge the hab battery any faster then the 770
     
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    Yes I agree with Paul we can go days in - temps with our trojan batteries and posh new charger thing
    ( I have no idea what it is but it puts more power in than normal when we drive , and i can use my hairdryer straighteners and microwave etc when the engine is on ) Ralph put it on board its great .
    We never hook up. This has even been the case with snow covering the solar panel.
    We also use a lot of power having the webasto (diesel ) heating , because of the fan.
    Plus we have the TV on on an evening , and the kids with all their electricery.
     
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    We have a 1kw generator (suitcase type, quiet running) and all it has been used for is to power SWMBOs 800w hairdrier when we are off hook up, plus to charge up my brother-in-laws battery on his caravan. This goes flat at the drop of a hat and he is too tight to buy another one.
     
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    Stop this thread now
    Get the kipor, its nice and light, will charge your battery as fast as a 1kw, its very good quality
    and digital, and has a smart throttle so will only use minimal fuel when only charging your hab batt
    it wont knack yer charger

    Done
     
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    That one on ebay might give you some trouble, have you noticed the brand?

    PMT :Rofl1:
     
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    It depends more on the charger and battery size than the generator. The fastest a charger can do is theoretically c/3. so for a 100 AH battery you would need a charger capable of 33amp. I have never seen a charger go this fast though.
    at 33amps 13.8v = 455w so a 600 Watt genny would handle it.

    If you have 2 x 110Ah batteries and a 25 Amp charger then at 50% it would take just over 4 hours to do the bulk charging bit.

    I have 500AH battery bank and a weedy 25A charger and it takes most of the day to get it from 60% up to maintenance charge level. I do need a bigger charger. But even a big 50Amp charger will work ok on a 900 Watt Generator.

    PS: Rough figures above just for purposes of example. A lot depends on your system...
     
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