What can I use..???

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  1. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    We have two (2) very large Solar panels,, coupled to two (2) 180amp hr batterys (That look like they have come out of an electric milk float, Massive)..

    Also we have a "Waeco" Sin Power inverter. (Or should that be converter?:RollEyes:)

    My question what size wattage Kettle and Toaster can I run from this set up...

    Or should I be looking to buy lower wattage kettle & Toaster etc.. ?

    2nd.. Question.... the power points work of the inverter, "But" are they over ridden when on EHU.. and use the site electric...

    I`m :sorry2: if these questions sound as if I`m thick....... but I am when it comes to electrics.. :RollEyes::Sad:

    Thanks.
     
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    There is no point in buying smaller toasters and kettles if the existing inverter is powerful enough to run them. You won't have any less water to boil just because you do it at half the rate. In fact, it will probably use a fraction less electricity to do it faster, as it has less time to lose energy to the surroundings.

    Of course, we don't know if the inverter is powerful enough as we don't know the rating of the inverter, the kettle or the toaster.

    As for how your inverter is wired up wrt the EHU, we can't answer that. Unless you have a default factory setup and someone has exactly the same model and can take a look at theirs...
     
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    Can you see the INverter ? Can you find a label on it (using a mirror) ?

    Really you should re-think kettle and toaster. Gas is the best way to generate heat when not on hookup. Your gas tank(s) will hold probably 1000 times more energy than your batteries, which is why cars run on gas and not electricity.

    Is your next question "how do I empty the little cassette". A whole new world for you Mo. Welcome to the world of the mortals.
     
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    Thats what dealers are for, they sold you the van, ask them and carry on until you get all the answers you need.


    Peter
     
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    I will ask, Peter...

    But in fairness to them I think they did explain on hand over,,,, but there is so much on here that it just fuddled my brain and gave me a headache...:RollEyes:
     
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    Hi Mo

    Its easier and to my mind better to run a Gas Kettle
    and toast using a double skillet or similar
     
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    Hi Mo chances are the inverter will only power one socket--the others will be powered on HU
    Best way to find out is plug in and see what happens :BigGrin:
    IE no HU and see what works :thumb:
    HU and then see what works :thumb:
    you may well have to switch inverter on :Smile:
    try it all out on your drive :thumb:may well be worth taking a pen and pad :BigGrin:
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    Congratulations on the new van it looks great :thumb:

    Inverters! If it is correctly fitted it should power all of your 13amp sockets but nothing else and there should be a transfer switch which will isolate the inverter when the motorhome is plugged into external mains.

    As for what you can run, the inverter will give you a wattage say 2000 watts

    If that is the case, you can look at a kettle and there will be specification plate (normally on the underside) Top Trade Tip empty the kettle before turning it upside down to check :Wink:

    Lets just assume the kettle is 2000W so yes you could, in theory use it on the inverter.

    However, a couple of pondering points. I always suggest that the rule of thumb workings out AC (mains) Watts to DC (battery) Amps is to divide by ten. So you would use 200 amps of battery power to boil your kettle. OK it won't take an hour to boil it but a couple of cups in the morning, midday, mid afternoon and one before bed and it all soon adds up.

    You should only use about 50% of your battery capacity on a regular basis, so you 180 amps to use. If you use up all of your "amps" for boiling water you'll have non left for things like lights and pumps.

    Hope that helps a bit

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    listen carefully Mo....to make 'toast' you need a frying pan and some cooking oil.

    put a splash of oil in pan and place on gas hob, when hot put in a slice ofbread.

    when golden brown turn over and crisp second side.

    no need to butter as its full of oil anyway. :thumb:
     
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    Is That real Toast.. :Cool:

    I calls it Fried Bread... :Doh::BigGrin:
     
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    real toast !...dont be daft Mo.

    its fried toast....taste awful with marmalade or jam, but lovely with a fried egg and ketchup.
     
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    Hi Mo are you telling us you paid all that money and the van has not got a oven or grill?:BigGrin:
    Terry
     
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    Strange as it may seem...

    "No"............. :cry:

    Got a pokey little oven, but no grill and No Microwave... :RollEyes::Blush:
     
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    Hi Mo,

    In our Burstner we took a shelf out of one of the cupboards above the sink and fitted ( nice and snugly) a low wattage microwave.

    Might be worth looking at:thumb:
     
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