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Old 11-29-2014, 10:13 AM   #1
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An alternate to generators

Thought this was an interesting set up
Zero Emissions Rechargeable Electric Generator - Herrington Catalog
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:33 AM   #2
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Interesting, yes.
It's basically an un-interruptable power supply very similar to those used for computer backup power. I suspect the biggest plus feature would be if they have lithium-ion batteries instead of nickel-cadmium. (and that would explain the price).
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:40 AM   #3
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A 100 amp hour group 31 AGM battery, a charger and an inverter. Rather expensive for that: Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator | Power Packs | Goal Zero
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Old 11-29-2014, 11:11 AM   #4
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Doug, do you have a Yeti? I've been thinking about one but having trouble with the price. Might build my own.

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Doug, do you have a Yeti? I've been thinking about one but having trouble with the price. Might build my own.

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Don't need one. I have dual 6V batteries and a 1500W inverter. When I had a Casita I some times took along an extra group 31 battery with Anderson powerpole connectors instead of a generator. I do have an cheap 2000W inverter I have only used once, not sure what I'll ever use it for.
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Old 11-29-2014, 12:07 PM   #6
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Got a Fridge/Solar surprise this morning. In my yard four days ago, Began a little test.

Last Wednesday at 1 PM, hooked up to my 100 watt panels of solar power, I switched on the Dometic RM8551, to 4 dots. Strictly now on battery power with my solar panels in charge. Starting temps were 51° in fridge, 63° in trailer. Two hours later it was 35° in the fridge and 64° in the trailer, and Xantrex battery voltage reading is 12.9v. So, I dropped the power to 3 dots.

I’m happy. Thursday and Friday’s readings continued about the same. Inside fridge temp never higher than 38°. We’re cool.

This morning, at 9:15AM I go out to check my readings. Fridge is 37°, Morningstar battery voltage reading is 11.14 volts. I turn on the Xantrex and it’s screaming an E01 alarm! Run, get the owners manual… E01 means poor battery condition and the remedy is plug into shore power or change the battery. I immediately plug into shore power. Alarm stops, all systems indicate a jump back to 13.1 volts in the battery.

What the hell??
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Myron,
What is your battery capacity?
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I have the standard issue two 6's Escape installs.
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Old 11-29-2014, 01:12 PM   #9
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So about 120 a/h available for use? Correct. What is the refer pulling while in 12v operation? If I recall about 12 amps??
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Here are the Morningstar/Xantrex stats I have been collecting since Wed. We were gone all day yesterday (Friday) so only checked at 9:15AM/Fri--- and then this big surprise, this morning. Been sunny all the days... thinking this sudden crash means the solar just can't handle the fridge.
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