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Old 07-23-2014, 06:53 PM   #1
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generators -- the more I read, the more I ?

We mostly boondock camp and use very little power -- furnace fan a few times a night, water pump, few other vampire draws. Don't use the lights, the refridgerator or any appliances. Still, I suspect that one 12 volt battery isn't going to last a full five days. So I want to get a generator. Researched, researched and researched and I"m more confused than before.

All I simply want to know know is how small of a generator can I get to hook up to my battery every couple of days to charge? And do I need some kind of charger between generator and battery?

Anyone?
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:16 PM   #2
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Can't go wrong with a Honda EU2000 inverter generator. You can charge directly from the generator. Pricey, but worth it to us. We run 2 in parallel with a piggy back tank. Don't use it very often, but with our set up, can run 30+ hours without refueling.
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With just charging the battery, the OP may get by with a 1000 watt inverter generator.
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Can't go wrong with a Honda EU2000 inverter generator. You can charge directly from the generator. Pricey, but worth it to us. We run 2 in parallel with a piggy back tank. Don't use it very often, but with our set up, can run 30+ hours without refueling.

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thanks much for responding. Can you tell me, how long does it take to charge up a battery with something like that? Couple hours?
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I wish I could tell you the answer to that, but don't have much experience on that portion of the generator. I don't know the exact charge output. MtnGuy mentioned probably getting by with a EU1000. Probably so after rereading what you need to run. Might research the Honda site on the specifics of the generator and it'll probably tell you. Someone will probably chime in shortly that has more experience in that area.
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DC output says 8 amps for either one. I'm guessing that'd be the charging amps. Not 100% sure.
Honda EU1000i Model Info | Super Quiet 1000 Watt Inverter Generator | Honda Generators
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So that would be 8 amps an hour at that rating?

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Cheaper option is 1000 watt genny. (Some are more quiet than others.)
With a 25 amp automatic charger plugged into it the genny would be loafing.
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Battery amperage/charger output. I would not charge more than 10 amps per hour on a battery I cared about.


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If its an AGM battery you can charge it faster and at a higher amperage. like 20 - 25 amperage. We have both Honda and yamahas and run both of them, tell the wheels fall off.
The Yamahas are a little better built.
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