5 Mins a day with a 1200 W hairdryer

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  1. Zigisla

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    I am having great difficulty trying to convince Jane that she can go without a hairdryer for a two week tour. “I can go for two maybe three DAYS, but we are not going to talk in WEEKS” she says.(n)
    So, with the imminent fitting of a 150W solar system and coupled with my 2 x 95 Ahr batteries, can I have an inverter fitted to cover her 1200 W hairdryer used for approx 5 mins a day this time of year in the UK without too much detriment to my batteries? If the answer is a yes, I know this 5 mins will increase to 10 with straightners.:rolleyes: We have 12V set, but she gets dryer with her head beside the air vents.:D
    Your advice as always is gratefully received and will be the authority I will go with.(y)
     
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    My wife was a "wash every day" type but had to change her ways !! (y)
    Now got her up to 2 days, 3 at a push....!!

    We have 100w solar, 2 x 110amp batteries and a 600w inverter (does 1000w on a short burts). She uses a travel hairdryer but use on low heat setting and that cuts down on the load.. Works fine for us and and when she has to use it.
    Straightners may be another matter as they will just gobble power.. I think my other half has some Braun gas powered ones, or maybe thats a curly thing ?? Anyway, there's something for you to look into..

    GLAD I'M BALD.. :)
     
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    We have 360amp battery bank and twin solars on the roof plus a 2000 watt inverter.
    Jan uses her 1500w hairdryer everyday for approx 5 mins in takes very little out of the batts and we camp off grid for weeks and weeks and never run out of power.
    Why struggle and go without its supposed to be pleasure not an endurance test, if we needed more power I'd sort it.
    We also watch tv for a couple of hours most evenings as well via satellite.
    If in doubt add another battery.
     
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    Hi as Ror has said that will be fine. Its actually about the Ah ( Amp hour) rate that determines how long a battery will last for. Example:- 1200 watt Hairdryer will draw 100 amps on 12volt. So after an hour of use you will have used 100 amps of your battery capacity. If the hairdryer is on for 12mins you will have used 20. Which obviously will be topped back up via solar panel. Hope this helps. Luke
     
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    What a lovely thoughtful man, lucky Jan. I love your sentiments ie, pleasure not an endurance test. Have been looking avidly at forums for the hairdryer dilemma and your answer is the first 'sensible' one. lol. Being a very low maintenance woman, cutting my own hair, no make up...the list goes on, having use of a hairdryer occaisionally - it's not too much to ask is it? Thanks, I've screen shot your answer to show 'im indoors. (y)
     
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    I have given this a useful. Useful idea next time I get the dreaded, "We need EHU or an Inverter"
     
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    I have a 12v hairdryer your wife can have. Just pm me if you'd like it.
     
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    Very kind of you to offer, but we do have one. In fact she has two of them from our folding camper days. Maybe if we rig both up it will save her laying down beside the hot air vents.:D Either that or I will take a leaf out of @Forestboy book and just "sort out more power". :love: I will have to check with @eddievanbitz if I can add this to my already growing list :whistle: or talk her round :unsure:
    Will Winter in the UK re-charge the 10 amps the hairdryer would use in 5 mins? ish - bearing in mind I'm on the Sunny South Coast.(y)
     
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    Hi zigisla dont know what size solar panel you have but if it is a minimum 100 watt you should be fine.Luke
     
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    Thanks @Motorhome Man I am booked into Vanbitz end of April for a 150W system, so all should be good.
     
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    1200W hair dryer for five minutes is about 10 Ah assuming a few losses, might be a shade higher but the decimal point is in the right place.

    I regret to say I can't see any flaw in your wife's plan. :)
     
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    Cheers - Not!!(n) I'm the Funster here not her:cry: - Is there any way I can retract my opening statement ?
    @eddievanbitz I thought you put her off this idea at the show. Have another go mate.;)
     
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    Buy you dear lady a set of gas straighteners save on battery power.
     
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    Buy her a towel.


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    Micro fiber hair wrap followed by a rest on a comfy cushion in front of one of the vents.


    Get ready to run when you suggest it though
     
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    I just sit in the sun. Don't need a hairdryer. Hairs gone a bit Thinner anyway.
     
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