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Old 04-23-2010, 12:46 AM   #1
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Microwave Wattage

Hi all,

Quick question: does anyone know the wattage of the microwave that would be in a 2007 Plan A? Short of bothering Rease or removing the darn thing, I'm at a loss!

I ask because I'm debating the feasibility of installing an inverter to run the microwave while boondocking (very short snippets of use; just to get the chill off the baby's food). I'm hoping a 1500W inverter would do the job; they typically can handle spike loads up to 3000W.

Any thoughts/ideas are appreciated!
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:35 AM   #2
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The microwave that Escape installed in our Hokie was a Danby (Canadian brand) DMW608W. It's quite underpowered because of it's size, but it's OK. You just have to cook a little longer. I believe the 608 refers to watts. I looked in the owner's manual and it didn't say specifically, but other small microwaves are 600W.
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:57 PM   #3
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Interesting... even less wattage than I expected. This bodes well for an inverter-powered setup! Thanks for the response. Is your Danby a smallish white model? I'll have to see if there's a model number on mine to compare.

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Interesting... even less wattage than I expected. This bodes well for an inverter-powered setup! Thanks for the response. Is your Danby a smallish white model? I'll have to see if there's a model number on mine to compare.

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Hi:tjryce...Our micro. is a Danby 0.7cu.ft. It was not installed by Escape but purchased seperately. It has a turntable... model# DMW753W(white). Power consumption is 1300W. output is 800W. It works well from inside our pantry cupboard. Alf
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Old 04-24-2010, 12:07 AM   #5
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Re: Microwave Wattage

I've been waiting for somebody with the absolute knowledge to step in here.
That's not me, but based on what I can recall, appliances have a power rating and depending on the appliance, a start-up requirement that may be twice as much. So, if the microwave requires 1300 watts for an output of 600 watts, it may require 2600 watts just to get going.
As far as I know, the microwave in the Escape requires hook-up to AC to run it. No inverter that I know of is going to handle a microwave and if it did it would only be for a moment or two and would suck your batteries dry in seconds.

I bought a 25watt one-cup coffee maker ( AC ) from Starbucks years ago. I heated a cup of water, using a 200 watt inverter plugged into my cigarette lighter in the car. Then I tried to do it again and melted the lighter plug.

Which goes to explain why you need such a large gas generator to run an air conditioner or a microwave. As I understand it, you need 3,000 watt generator for these applications and I know of no inverter that delivers 3,000 watts. If it did you would need a bank of batteries to support it.

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I ask because I'm debating the feasibility of installing an inverter to run the microwave while boondocking (very short snippets of use; just to get the chill off the baby's food).

Why not just use a steamer on the stove top, or a pot of hot water?

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[/quote]Hi:tjryce...Our micro. is a Danby 0.7cu.ft. It was not installed by Escape but purchased seperately. It has a turntable... model# DMW753W(white). Power consumption is 1300W. output is 800W. It works well from inside our pantry cupboard. Alf
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Does it run when you are not hooked up to shore power?

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This is a link to a useful table of power requirements by appliances:

http://www.donrowe.com/inverters/usage_chart.html

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Hi: gbaglo...So far we have always managed to find a site with at least one current bush. Water... I don't care about but we are hooked on cold beer and POWER!!! Alf
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Why not just use a steamer on the stove top, or a pot of hot water?

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You've never seen my son hungry! When it hits, nothing can get into his mouth fast enough. This is, of course, the fallback when needed, but I'm exploring the idea of an inverter anyway.

1500W inverters are readily available these days, and as I mentioned before they typically handle spike loads (ie- starting loads) up to 3000W. Should be plenty, but who knows? Sometimes the math works but the system still fails...

I'll be tying in an 80W solar panel to recharge the battery bank during the day. Microwave usage would still need to be very limited, though.

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