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Old 01-30-2018, 12:20 AM   #21
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We have Milwaukee rechargeable tools, but a 120v/rechargeable fan sounds neat. Good to know there are 12v chargers for these brands!

I'm ultimately going to get a rechargeable spotlight, and I hope to get one 500+ lumen one I've seen at Cabelas that can be AC or DC charged. We opted out of extra exterior lights and decided to buy a great spotlight instead.
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:50 AM   #22
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You may want to try and get the light and fan from same company, I must have 2 dozen cords and chargers for appliances that are all mixed up, getting one that will handle many tools, lights, fans will simply things.
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:35 AM   #23
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I’m a fan of the Ryobi cordless tools. While we fulltimed for a year we used their 12V charger and cordless inflator, handvac, glue gun (crafting on the road with kids), and chainsaw. At home we have a dozen more power tools that all run off the same batteries. One of the reasons I like Ryobi is that they make a huge array of clever, innovative tools and gadgets that all use the same batteries. And they are fairly priced. And a plug for their LED work light: best work light I’ve ever used. Bright even pattern with no hot spots, runs cool (LED), and can use cordless *or* corded. Home run.
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:14 PM   #24
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When I wanted to do some mods on my trailer, my son recommended Ryobi, and I bought a set with two batteries and charger, a drill, circular saw, light, and reciprocating saw. I've since added a jigsaw and the fan. I thought I'd never use the light but I really like it--the head rotates to angle light up and down. Jim's right...it's great having everything coordinated to the same batteries. When camping I carry the drill, charger, light and fan.
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Old 01-30-2018, 06:56 PM   #25
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Let see, blender, coffee pot, battery chargers, saw zall, ect. oh and my trailer mover.
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That is one sweet design, Tin.
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Old 10-01-2018, 02:02 PM   #27
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Back in 2013 when I was working on my build sheet, I really wavered on whether to order the inverter or not. This was my first travel trailer after 50+ years of tent camping. Bottom line, I said “what the heck” and ordered it. Great payback today! I store my Escape off site with no power available. Today, I pulled out my portable solar and faced it into the sun. I hooked up my brand new Griot’s Garage Random Orbital Polisher and went to work on the trailer. Between my two solar 100 watt panels, the batteries stayed at 100%! Couldn’t be happier with that decision to have the inverter installed!
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Old 10-01-2018, 08:06 PM   #28
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I have USB chargers for phones and camera batteries. I have 12 V chargers for both MAC and Chromebook. TV is 12 V and rarely used. Manual drip coffee maker. I have a 150 watt inverter whose only purpose is to power the expensive burr coffee grinder. I have a single solar panel and almost never fall below 90% charge unless it is cold and raining. I use the microwave as a storage bin.
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Old 10-01-2018, 11:03 PM   #29
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Old 10-01-2018, 11:11 PM   #30
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The inverter is one of many accessories on our trailer that has yet to be used. But it is there when wanted. Loren.
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Old 10-01-2018, 11:27 PM   #31
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I have a 150 watt inverter whose only purpose is to power the expensive burr coffee grinder.
you need one of THESE semi-expensive burr grinders!



https://handground.com/

grinds every bit as nicely as the Capresso Infinity burr mill we use at home, albeit somewhat slower if you like a medium-fine grind like I do for your hand pour drip or aeropress... I usually use it on the '3' setting. the '1' setting is fine enough for espresso but takes way too much cranking. the '5' setting is significantly faster than '3' and a more typical 'medium' drip grind.
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:02 AM   #32
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My inverter cost $9.99 on sale at Canadian Tire. Enough to charge a cell phone or iPad.

I use propane to make coffee, toast, etc.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:22 AM   #33
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My inverter cost $9.99 on sale at Canadian Tire. Enough to charge a cell phone or iPad.
We have the same inverter, although I think I paid more than that. It even runs the TV.
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Old 10-02-2018, 06:36 AM   #34
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I have a 150 watt inverter whose only purpose is to power the expensive burr coffee grinder.
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you need one of THESE semi-expensive burr grinders!
As John pointed out there are some good manual grinders out there. I was introduced to the Orphan Espresso Lido 3 manual grinder after using a Porlex manual grinder. While the Porlex did a nice even grind, it was a bear to use. The Lido 3 is a pleasure to use, I never have trouble getting someone to grind while I press when making multiple cups when camping with a group. It takes half as many revolutions to grind the same amount, and the ease of cranking is just so much better. A quality built grinder. I have said this here before, but I find it amusing that I use a $195 grinder for use with a $30 coffee maker (AeroPress).

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Old 10-02-2018, 06:41 AM   #35
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I installed my own inverter after getting and wanting a few 120V appliances, and wanted to take advantage of our solar setup. I sure wish I had of had Escape install it. Saved a whole $150 and spent the better part of a day installing it and the transfer switch. We don't have a microwave, nor do we miss it. We do use the inverter for:
-toaster
-hair dryer
-hair clippers
-laptop
-tool chargers
-vacuum

These are all items that do not drain the battery much, as even the higher wattage units are used for a very short time.
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:17 AM   #36
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Will be installing an inverter this week but really don't know exactly why yet :-) Will be full timing so don't know what electrical niceties I might want to add along the way so thought having the AC option might be useful at some point. Time will tell!
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Will be installing an inverter this week but really don't know exactly why yet :-) Will be full timing so don't know what electrical niceties I might want to add along the way so thought having the AC option might be useful at some point. Time will tell!
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Old 10-02-2018, 03:17 PM   #38
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Let see, blender, coffee pot, battery chargers, saw zall, ect. oh and my trailer mover.
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Heck I forgot the most used 120v item used for those rainy days.
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Heck I forgot the most used 120v item used for those rainy days.
Don't you watch any good shows!
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Old 10-02-2018, 03:30 PM   #40
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i have the same upholstery! and yes TV is for rainy days/nights
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