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Old 08-30-2013, 08:30 AM   #21
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our bldgs that doesn't have electricity...it's great for driveway camping too..
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:35 PM   #22
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I need a little clarification on this. Do you have to get an inverter generator or can you run a trailer on a regular generator? Also if most generators will not run your AC, why bother getting one. Doesnt everything else (lights, water pump) run off the battery?
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:46 PM   #23
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... Do you have to get an inverter generator or can you run a trailer on a regular generator?
The inverter gives a cleaner power which is important if you are running sensitive equipment like electronics (laptops and such). Not sure that it is required for everybody.

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Also if most generators will not run your AC, why bother getting one. Doesnt everything else (lights, water pump) run off the battery?
I just purchased a Smarter Tools AP2000 from Costco for $550 and it runs everything just fine on my 184BH. For me running the Air Conditioner was the main focus of the generator. I am also a ham and needed something to run various radios.
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This week-end I tested out my EU2000i/184BH combination. I read somewhere it was not recommended to run on eco-mode with the AC running. I of course tried it this way and the in-rush did put a strain on the generator but it picked up and started running at about mid-power. No problem running my TV, lights, range fan, and even microwave (not at the same time as the AC).

I used a power meter to see how much power was being pulled. I have the 8000btu AC and it was about 92F with 90-100% humidity.
I didn't get a chance to try the refrigerator since I was on a hill.

Here were some results:
Standby: 19watts, .30amps

All numbers include the standby digits.
(1) LED (20 5050SMD LEDs) Light: 22watts, .34amps
(3) LED (20 5050SMD LEDs) Lights: 29watts, .44amps
(1) Standard 12V light bulb: 34watt, .52amps
(3) Standard 12V light bulbs: 51watts, .74amps
AC low fan only: 111watts, .92amps
AC high fan only: 139watts, 1.15amps
AC low cool: 677watts, 5.64amps
AC high cool, 764-903watts, 6.37-7.90amps
Microwave: 1320watts, 11.1amps
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2000 watt generator can put out approximately 16.5 amps.
2000 watts divided by 120 volts equals equals 16.6 amps.
or watts divided by volts equals amps
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The owners manual of the Honda says nothing about eco mode and high drawing appliances. The only thing it does say is not to use eco mode during 12v battery charging.
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Like I said, I "read it" somewhere, not necessarily the owners manual.
Even though everything posted on the internet must be true , I also had my doubts.
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Why do you need a generator it everything but the AC will pretty much run on the battery?

Batteries don't last forever and the furnace blower will drain one overnight. Run you generator for a couple hours in the am [toaster, microwave] COFFEEmake and wife's hairdryer and the batteries are good to go for another day. Everyone gets tired of hearing you bellow "turn off that extra light, etc". Generators make camping easier for many. Necessary?? That's up to you.
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