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Old 11-05-2013, 09:29 AM   #21
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Coleman stove top coffee maker for me.
2 new group 27 batteries, a 1500 watt inverter (new and installed by Escape, and a 90 watt solar panel (installed by Escape) all went to 40% after one electric drip coffee cycle and stayed there in cloudy weather conditions for 6 days.
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:21 AM   #22
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In the mornings when off the grid we turn on our inverter, grind some beans in an electric grinder, then make 4 cups of java in our small Cuisinart coffee maker (purchased from London Drugs). Have to look at the specs on the pot to give you the watts but it's not much for the 1,500 watt inverter. We may leave the coffee pot on for 10 minutes max after brewing so it may reheat twice or so. The dual 6v batteries drop about 6-8% from this (which easily get topped up from the solar panel during the day).
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:20 AM   #23
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Coleman stove top coffee maker for me.
2 new group 27 batteries, a 1500 watt inverter (new and installed by Escape, and a 90 watt solar panel (installed by Escape) all went to 40% after one electric drip coffee cycle and stayed at 40% in cloudy weather conditions for 6 days.
Needless to say we were disappointed in the whole 1500 watt inverter business. The electric perk coffee maker is why we bought into the inverter in the first place.

In our case; No direct sunshine = no (really slow) battery re-charge ..... so use your inverter wisely.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:35 AM   #24
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Inverters, IMHO, are inefficient use of 12volts. Converting 12v to 120v is somewhat incongruous with camping. If you have hookups great, if you do not, you adapt.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:18 PM   #25
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Inverters, IMHO, are inefficient use of 12volts. Converting 12v to 120v is somewhat incongruous with camping. If you have hookups great, if you do not, you adapt.
I agree. Especially when it is so easy to do almost everything without 120V. A/C if you need it, is about the only exception.

But, while this is the case for me and our style of trailer camping, many others have different desires.

It all comes down to what we want out of our RVing experience, and as long as you are getting out, that is the main thing.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:44 PM   #26
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It's been a while , and I don't have a link for you .....( that would take a DonnaD or a GBaglo ).... There has been a "study" that found the boiling kettle with a cone filter method makes the very best cup of coffee .
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:51 PM   #27
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It's been a while , and I don't have a link for you .....( that would take a DonnaD or a GBaglo ).... There has been a "study" that found the boiling kettle with a cone filter method makes the very best cup of coffee .
Good -- I like that study then, as that is the method we use. We used to have a small French Press but dealing with the grounds was always a pain.
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Inverters, IMHO, are inefficient use of 12volts. Converting 12v to 120v is somewhat incongruous with camping. If you have hookups great, if you do not, you adapt.
I don't know what the efficiency level is of inverters, but I would bet there is quite a bit of energy loss in most of them. I think sine wave inverters are by far the most efficient but also the highest cost. Jon V would know I am sure.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:36 PM   #29
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I usually use an aeropress at home and then bring it when we go camping, and it's absolutely perfect for me to have one cup of coffee, but I recently bought a GSI percolator to make coffee for multiple people. A couple of times we've camped with a group and everyone forgot coffee but me, and using the aeropress a bunch of times in a row to make coffee for several people is not fun! I bought the 12 cup percolator, and I'm loving the coffee it makes, possibly more than the aeropress, plus it's fast and easy. My grandmother had a stovetop percolator; sometimes old tech is good tech.
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I too pretty much only use the Aeropress for camping, and have for about 8 or more years now. I have used it a lot at home too, and it is great for taking on canoe trips. It can make two largish cups of Americano at a time. I have made coffee for more than the two of us a few times, and it is a bit of a production, but I never have a problem finding volunteers to do the grinding, as most of my friends like the roasts I do.

Sometimes when there is a big group, I will coarsely grind the beans, and do up a pot of cowboy coffee, which done right, tastes great.
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