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Snaggy

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Icon 5 posted December 09, 2014 19:27      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Power was out, and as the lack-of-coffee panic grew, I realized I need a new inverter for the car, something that could possibly run a microwave or a coffee maker... 1500 Watts or so. The one I have now (300W) will only power a laptop if the wind is blowing right. [ohwell]

Any recommendations in terms of brand and wattage?

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Icon 1 posted December 09, 2014 21:51      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Snaggy, I would look at RV/Marine supply outlets. The solar people have too much gold in their eyes. I do know of people that swear by Trace, I have never had one. I have a off brand 750 Watt that will run small power tools but not a coffee pot.

On the other end have you looked at a small lightweight Generator set?

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Icon 1 posted December 09, 2014 23:18      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
1500...wowza!

I remembered Pogue gushing about a Sears inverter years ago (tx, DDG!), but that appears to be a 400 W unit.

Since I was already on Sears' website, I found the following:
http://www.sears.com/cobra-cpi-1575-1500w-dc-to-ac-power/p-SPM7472910002?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2

I mostly think of Cobra being the radar-detector company, but maybe they know what they're doing in this area as well?

These days, if I was out of power, I'd camp out at work. [Wink] The odds of us shutting down are quite slim. [Razz]

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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted December 10, 2014 00:58      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
MoMan, yeah generator would probably be a smarter way to go, or even smarter... just clean up my backpacking stove. [Big Grin]
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Snaggy, some of the new camping Gen-Sets are not run fast all the time as the older style, like I have. A couple of the newer ones have "Inverter Technology" They only open the throttle as far as needed for the load, making them much quieter than the older ones, some are even Propane or Diesel powered. Some times when old RVs get junked the generators go for cheap.

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Snaggy, I have been watching your weather this last few days. You may want to get a Generator big enough to power the house. I have had situations where we ran off a generator for Twenty Six days, I am glad it was summer then.

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Snaggy

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MoMan, when the Weather-Zombie-SocialUprising-noCoffee-Apocalypse comes, I'm just heading to your place! [Big Grin]
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We're getting quotes for solar panels, it's amazing how cheap they've got in recent years.
$US 5K buys a pretty decent near-self-sufficiency system (we'll still be on the grid for those long cloudy spells Melbourne is notorious for)

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Snaggy, today I was at an outfitters, Hunting, Fishing, emergency supplies and such. They had a nice propane fuelled 2KW genset for $299, For a hundred more the output doubled., however no inverters there.

TFD, I have started to consider solar or wind, however not to bypass the power company, just capture the power as heat to supplement the propane we buy.

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Snaggy,

The apocalypse won't have coffee?! Zombies sound pretty bad, but no coffee...perish the thought!

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