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Old 06-05-2015, 07:42 PM   #31
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I own a Champion 2000 watt inverter genny and I am quite pleased with it, it is no louder than a Honda and starts on first pull every time.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:59 PM   #32
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Just out of curiosity how do you get the gas out of the tank when you quit using the unit. I'm told that you need to remove the fuel if you do not use for a while (more than a week)?
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:18 PM   #33
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Just out of curiosity how do you get the gas out of the tank when you quit using the unit. I'm told that you need to remove the fuel if you do not use for a while (more than a week)?
This is misinformation.
For example, the Honda 2000 has a locking vent cap. So you don't have to remove the fuel.
I leave mine in for the whole camping season.
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Just out of curiosity how do you get the gas out of the tank when you quit using the unit. I'm told that you need to remove the fuel if you do not use for a while (more than a week)?
Never seen gas go bad that quick. If you are really concernrd just add a little bit of stabil (sp) to keep it fresh.

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I don't use Stabil and I leave gas in my Honda 2000. I have had it since Spring 2009. Still starts in 2 pulls.

Maybe I am just lucky.
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I've added stabil and had issues. Others have had good luck so maybe I'm doing something wrong.
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I use the Yamaha 2k. I just shut the gas off and the genny dies on its own when the card runs dry. I leave the gas in the tank till the next time. The Yamaha wasn't cheap but I'd do it again.
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I had a Honda 2,000 watt inverter gen. As I recall, it has a separate plug and cord specifically to charge 12 volt batteries. Eliminates all the converter/charger/other loads being fed while you only want to charge the battery.
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I had a Honda 2,000 watt inverter gen. As I recall, it has a separate plug and cord specifically to charge 12 volt batteries. Eliminates all the converter/charger/other loads being fed while you only want to charge the battery.
But it will take more time that way. And it will not automatically switch between bulk mode, charge mode and trickle mode. If you do that for too long (days or weeks) it will damage the batteries.

There is a reason that the converter has 3 stages. I take advantage of that all of the time. I can not think of any occasion when I wanted to bypass the converter.
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But it will take more time that way. And it will not automatically switch between bulk mode, charge mode and trickle mode. If you do that for too long (days or weeks) it will damage the batteries.

There is a reason that the converter has 3 stages. I take advantage of that all of the time. I can not think of any occasion when I wanted to bypass the converter.
As PopBeavers says, it will take more time. The Honda 2000 puts out only 8 amps @ 12 vdc, which is only a fraction of what the converter puts out when powered by a generator.
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