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Old 04-08-2014, 12:58 PM   #1
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Generator overload

Last week I was dry camping for 4 days and running my generator for battery restoration and a additional power resource. When I went to run my coffee maker a Keurig unit with my Yamaha 2000 generator it went into an overload condition. I'm assuming with the water heater and pump on and running a few lights this was the reason plus the coffee maker draws nearly 1250 watts. Any helpful tips on this for the future?

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Old 04-08-2014, 01:10 PM   #2
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If you want to run the coffee maker then turn off the other items that are drawing power from the generator. You could also run the water heater on propane. The 2000 generator will deliver 2000 watts with a high peak. With the batteries being charged and the coffee maker you are way over the 2000 watts that will be delivered. You could also make the coffee before charging the batteries. If you turn the breaker off for the converter you will still be able to run the lights on battery and the converter will not be drawing power from the generator.

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Old 04-08-2014, 01:40 PM   #3
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first, there are lots of alternatives to using a generator just to brew coffee. especially instead of the power hungry Keurig. i love my Keurig but never take it dry camping. i use a Coleman stovetop Drip Coffeemaker.

second, your water heater should be running on propane, instead of running the generator just to heat the water on the electric side.

third, never use the 2000w generator to recharge the batteries when you plan to use power hungry items like the Keurig or the microwave.
make sure the batteries are already recharged before using it for those items.
or as caper said, turn the breaker off for the converter.
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