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Old 09-15-2016, 03:03 PM   #1
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Inverter v. Generator

Hello from Corpus Christi, TX. Our long hot summer is coming to an end. I am looking forward to camping on Padre Island, being lulled to sleep by the gulf water waves and the southern gulf breeze. I do not know whether to buy a battery operated inverter or a small gas powered generator to power a box fan and my laptop through the night. I appreciate all advice and comments.
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:00 PM   #2
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How many watts do these devices take (check the plate)? If amps are given so much the better. And how many hours will they be on? Divide watt hours by 110V to get amp-hours you will use (at 110V). Now multiply by 10, and that's the amp-hours (AH) you will need from your battery(ies). This is beyond what your fridge DC control board, your propane/CO alarm, lights, any 12V fans consume (likely 30-40AH per day). Battery capacity matters.


A generator is going to make noise, likely overpowering the soothing sounds of the waves and the wind in the trees/shrubbery.


Your best bet is probably a battery bank of at least 220+AH (2 6V golf cart batteries will get you there) plus 100+W of solar panel.


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Old 09-15-2016, 04:06 PM   #3
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Or get a Yamaha or Honda 2k class inverter generator. In eco mode they are very quiet and with the load the OP stated they would probably never come above idle.
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:45 PM   #4
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Sold my Yamaha and got a Champion (new) with the sold money. The Champion is quieter, weighs less and runs longer. IM (humble opinion), Yamaha and Honda Inverters are overpriced, especially Honda's.
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:52 PM   #5
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This 12 volt fan is very quiet, and runs all night with very little electrical use:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It only draws a bit more than 1 amp on low speed.

I installed this outlet inside my camper to plug it into:



For a laptop, I use a Chromebook that holds a 10 hour charge.

This way I can enjoy complete quiet, even though I have an inverter genny that is about as quiet as they get (Honda EU3000is)
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:10 PM   #6
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Hello from Corpus Christi, TX. Our long hot summer is coming to an end. I am looking forward to camping on Padre Island, being lulled to sleep by the gulf water waves and the southern gulf breeze. I do not know whether to buy a battery operated inverter or a small gas powered generator to power a box fan and my laptop through the night. I appreciate all advice and comments.
I don't know your budget, but the two links below are great small intervter gen., .... the ones at the first link will power your ac, fridge, and lights,..... on that page I just bought the model 100261, near the bottom of the page, it will also power the microwave at the same time,

the second link is certainly smaller, but will power what you mentioned, and by the reviews, Wen is a very good small gen..... hope this helps, .......

Champion Inverter Generators

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SMNLF4M...od-us000-pcomp
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:01 AM   #7
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Myself, I bought a Champion 2000 watt Inverter, the small one. It's less than 60 pounds and it was $449 from Generators Direct, delivered to my home. Fits nicely in the camper and I'm 67 and have no issue moving it outside. Starts one easy pull, has the economy mode (low noise load sensing throttle) runs 12 hours on less than a gallon of unleaded regular) and is very quiet.

The bigger units are heavy and the Big Champ is hard to move around, the wheels are recessed so moving it on the ground is a chore.

The little one I bought has no RV cord adapter but you can get one at Menards for 12 bucks.

2000 watts is plenty for me, may not be plenty for you but I considered not only packable size but weight. I have a slide in truck camper so storage space is premium. The 2000 Champ sits on the floor, in the front and takes up very little room
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If you want something that will run your 13 5 AC for about $600 , consider the westing house 2400i. Very well made and lots of bang for the buck
https://youtu.be/mfI5elwd5dg
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