would you you use one of these??

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  1. chrisgreen

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    Probably not

    1. Voltage not necessarily well stabilised-potential damage
    2. 720 watts is too low to run hairdryer, microwave etc.
     
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    No. 2 stroke (Loud) Unregulated. Ok for power tools etc. I would be concerned about the damage it could do to things like my charger etc.

    I have the 1Kw Clarke Digital one and it's fine for the money.
     
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    2 stroke says it all

    2 stroke says it all.

    Bob
     
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    Well if you only need 700w, to power whatever you wish to run, why not?

    No idea what sort of equipment you'd be limited to, though, but that is the only snag I can think of, off the top of my non-technical head?
     
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    I have often run one, connected to my 45A intelligent charger, to top up a large battery bank.

    It's fine, as long as I first check that there aren't any grumpy owld (or young) gits about.
    If someone nearby is making even more noise, then so much the better :thumb:

    I did stay on a site once where someone was using one to power their two-man tent.
    What on earth were they doing in there? :Eeek:
     
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    the reason i asked was that i done a run test on one of these and under a light load it was pushing out 290v and under a heavy load not exceeding it's capacity it was running at 180v,and nothing i could do to it would alter that:Eeek:
     
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    I did say unregulated :Wink:
     
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    Beetn using mine for four years now. Bought it at Netto for £59:00. bit noisey but is ok to keep leisure battery charged and run fridge.
     
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    with these cheap gennies its the revs which dictates voltage.
    with a known load you could adjust the engine speed via the governer to the correct voltage, but change the load and the revs would alter so changing the voltage once again.

    it would also alter the wave frequency from the normal 50Hz, so not worth the bother.
     
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    exactly! i could get it to run at 220/240 untill i changed the load:thumb:
     
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    But Karl, we full timing "off siters" don't like regulation(s)... :Rofl1:

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    45A @12v = 2.25A at 240v = 540W so I guess it will.
     
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    But the charge voltage can be 14.5V so 14.5 X 45 = 652.5 Watts. Add some watts on for the charger to operate and losses etc and you would be pushing it I think?
     
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    If we're being picky, the bulk charge voltage will not be as high as 14.5v and by the time the battery is 80% charged and the desulphating/equalisation phase is at 14.5v the current will be much reduced, so I reckon its quite OK though I agree it may be getting close to the maximum continuous output of the generator.
     
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    You are of course correct, I didn't think that one through :Wink:
    I use 14.5 for calculations to ensure I have plenty of headroom. If memory serves by the time my charger exceed 13.8V the current starts to fall.

    I don't mind being corrected when I'm wrong :Doh::BigGrin:
     
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    Its just a badge job of a cheapy .. I have one you can have for a tenner if you want it Chris.. Think it needs a plug now but I bought it 2nd hand last year to do a couple of jobs out at a hanger.. and although not advised I have used it several times on the motorhome without any sort of problem.. Basically yep, it worked ok
     
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    no i dont want it! got shot of one i had give me last year,funny anough that needed a new plug as well:Smile:
     
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