Talk to me about generators….
Get a quiet one! Basic generators are cheap, but the noise will do your nut in and those around you! I live on a boat and have a 1000w Kipor generator which is enough for household stuff like computers etc., but not power tools or kettles (anything over about 750w). The best bit is that it is only 59 decibeles and has a built in inverter to deliver the correct sinewave, as well as an intelligent throttle so it only revs to electric demand. It does cost £350, but is well worth it. Had trouble free running so far after a year. Depends what you need it for though, it may be a bit pricey if you use it a few times a year on holiday…Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
Is there still middle of no where left in england ?
Are you planning to hook it up to the house or just run an extension cord out to the genny.
Tbh even when i lived in the realy middle of no where up a glen power cuts were few and far between – the bigger issue was watercuts ……
Also gennys aint the sort of thing you can just trott out at a moments notice – they need looking after and firing up a few times a year otherwise as one of my old clients found out – his genny didn work in the time of need ( and he spent a lot of money getting his professionally fitted to the house so he just flicked the breakers an started it up.Posted 4 years agosugdenrMember
Dont use genny to make tea. £15 gas stove and cannisters plus whistle kettle and you are sorted for drink and food.
A 12v airpower charger will run a laptop.
I even have a 12v 19″ TV.
Get a few LED camping lights, they last hours at a time. Or invest in a few 12v lights.
All that and 12v leisure battery with a permanent trickle charger will last hours.Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
Our old neighbours in Killin used Honda’s – not sure of output, but it was exactly that reason. One street in the village came from a different supply – over the mountain behind, opposite and through the woods…At least 6-10 blackouts a winter, one being 10 days long once in sub-zero conditions. So it made sense that most people on the street had a wired in genny in the shed and an open fire/woodburner.Posted 4 years agoTooTallMember
You want a 5kW generator for a bike race once a year? Selling hot dogs are we?
For the whole lifetime costs, remember that about 75% of the generator costs are in fuel and maintenance, so you have to budget for that.
It would probbly do you fine, but with a bit of thought and some 12V stuff you could do far more with less power as mentioned by a few people.Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
I have a crappy 2kW genny I got for building the barn for the 6 months before we had power. Amazingly it turns over 2nd pull even if neglected for a year.
Although we use wood fuel for heating and hot water, I still need to power 3 or 4 standard CH pumps to get the hot water from the wood boiler to the radiators or UFH. That’s around 200W.
I have a 300W inverter in the camper van and around 160Ah of batteries available to run it off. Assuming I can use say 50% of the batteries before they’re kackered/losses that means I can run the pumps for 160*50%*12v/200W = 5hrs.
Which isnt going to do a lot 🙂
And Im not running the genny to do 300W.
SO my zombiepocalypse plan is to make the mattresses up in front of the wood stove. Cook and boil water on the stove top. And use the batteries to charge the phones so that I can get on STW. And make a big pot of baked beans.Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
The small whisperlite Honda things are really pretty quiet and run all day, you see loads of them in use for market stalls etc, often with a wooden cover over them. I keep meaning to get one so I can power the boiler and CH pump in case we get a black out, but they’re not cheap.Posted 4 years ago
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