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Old 08-25-2011, 05:20 PM   #1
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Exclamation 318BHS A/C Amp pull?

Doing some hurricane prep here in VA. Anyone know the amp pull for the A/C unit on the 318BHS? It's the 15K BTU (bigger) unit.

Have a portable generator that will put out 30 amps, but the panel located on the generator itself only has 20 amp female receptacles.

Besides having to get a 20 amp male to 30 amp female cord, I'm trying to figure out how much I can run at one time without kicking the unit offline.

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Old 08-25-2011, 05:29 PM   #2
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a 15k will take about 16-18 to start then about 14-15 to run
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:30 PM   #3
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One other thing to keep in mind is many RV appliances require more amps to start the appliance than they do to run the appliance. A roof air conditioner can draw 16 amps to start, but may only use 13 amps once it is running.

120 Volt AC Amp Ratings
Appliance or Electronic Equipment Estimated Amps
Air Conditioner (X number of A/C) 12-16 Amps
Blender 5-6 Amps
Coffee Maker 5-8 Amps
Compact Disc Player 1 Amp
Computer (Laptop) 2-3 Amps
Converter 1-8 Amps
Crock Pot 1-2 Amps
Curling Iron <1 Amp
Drill 2-6 Amps
Electric Blanket 0.5-1.5 Amps
Electric Fan 1 Amp
Electric Water Heater 9-13 Amps
Electric Skillet 6-12 Amps
Hair Dryer 5-12 Amps
Iron 5-10 Amps
Light (60 watt % 120V) <1 Amp
Microwave 8-13 Amps
Microwave (Convection Oven) 13 Amps
Refrigerator in AC mode 5-8 Amps
Space Heater 8-13 Amps
Television 1.5-4 Amps
Toaster 7-10 Amps
Vacuum (handheld) 2-6 Amps
VCR 1-2 Amps
Washer/Dryer 14-16Amps

12 Volt DC Amp Ratings
Appliance or Accessory Estimated Amps
Aisle Light 1 Amp
CO Detector 1 Amp
Fluorescent Light 1-2 Amps
Furnace 10-12 Amps
LP Gas Leak Detector 1 Amp
Overhead lights (Per Bulb) 1 Amp
Porch Light 1 Amp
Power Roof Vent 1.5 Amps
Radio/Stereo 4 Amps
Range Hood (Fan & Light) 2-3 Amps
Refrigerator (LP Gas Mode) 1.5- 2 Amps
Security System 1 Amp
Television (12 volt) 4-5 Amps
TV Antenna Booster <1 Amp
TV Antenna Booster 12 Volt outlet Up to 8 Amps
Variable Speed Ceiling / Vent Fan 4 Amps
VCR Recorder / Player 2 Amps
Water Pump 4 Amp
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:34 PM   #4
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~13amps run. will require much more to start. i've heard something on the order of 16 amps but i bet it is greater than that. there have been some discussions abt a 2kw being too small. i have a 4.5kw with a surge to 5.5kw. it doesn't have any problems.
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I was going to copy f1100turbo's post from another thread on this forum.

I see he responded before I could get it done.

Good help from good people on this forum!

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I knew I could get some good info fast on this forum

Thanks for the assist!
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