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luvmyxj

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hacking the mainframe with a solar generator
« on: September 30, 2020, 10:16:54 AM »
I've been watching a lot of videos about solar generator/inverters and have come to the conclusion i need one. i can think of a million instances where i can use one but mostly at work.i dont need constant power that a gas generator can provide, nor do i wanna lug one around make sure i always have gas for it etc. etc.
So for starters i'd like one to be able to charge cordless batteries and i'd like to have a keurig in the truck so i can make a cup of coffee in the winter, but i also need one that could run a 11amp saw or whatnot for a minute. What would be the minimum wattage of a unit to accomplish these things?

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Re: hacking the mainframe with a solar generator
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2020, 10:57:16 AM »
something with solar anything seems not the right solution, especially if you have your truck on site.

a simple cheap DC to AC inverter running off the truck batteries sounds a lot easier and cheaper.   



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Re: hacking the mainframe with a solar generator
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2020, 10:59:18 AM »
https://www.goalzero.com/shop/kits/goal-zero-yeti-1500x-power-station-boulder-100-briefcase-kit/

That's exactly what you're looking for.  You can charge it via solar or on site via electricity, or charge via car 12v as you drive it.  Easy, simple.   Expensive but you'd be all set in an instant.

A big plus for the Yeti is it's portable.  If you wanna go car camping or tent camping instead of lugging the RV, you can just as easily bring the Yeti.   

Out of electricity inside the house?  Yeti would work in a pinch until you get your real generator running.   
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Re: hacking the mainframe with a solar generator
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2020, 11:06:38 AM »
man thats a ton of money for 500 cycles of only 1500W-hours.

this would run a coffie maker easy
https://www.harborfreight.com/750-watt-continuous-1500-watt-peak-power-inverter-66817.html

this would run your power tools easy
https://www.harborfreight.com/2000-watt-continuous4000-watt-peak-modified-sine-wave-power-inverter-63429.html


the cheap inverts you have to use caution with "smart" electronics like laptops and newer welders- but run power tools and normal junk fine. 

I have the 10K biggest one from when i had the international with 3 batteries, ran anything. 

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Re: hacking the mainframe with a solar generator
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2020, 12:07:59 PM »
https://www.goalzero.com/shop/kits/goal-zero-yeti-1500x-power-station-boulder-100-briefcase-kit/

That's exactly what you're looking for.  You can charge it via solar or on site via electricity, or charge via car 12v as you drive it.  Easy, simple.   Expensive but you'd be all set in an instant.

A big plus for the Yeti is it's portable.  If you wanna go car camping or tent camping instead of lugging the RV, you can just as easily bring the Yeti.   

Out of electricity inside the house?  Yeti would work in a pinch until you get your real generator running.   
i just watched some reviews of the bluetti 2400 which is comparable and it still had trouble running +11amp tools, which is ok ,i mean every manf. has a 24v skill saw now the problem is either having enough $200-$300 batteries or keeping them charged or remembering to charge everything at the end of the day
last year i  lost power a few times and i have a 800w inverter so i would drag a car battery in with it just to power a modem,fan or tv ,so portableness is a factor and plug and play set-up which kinda rules inverters out
so would a 500w unit be enough to accomplish what in trying to do?
https://www.amazon.com/Jackery-Portable-Solar-Ready-Generator-Emergency/dp/B07SM5HBK1/ref=pd_di_sccai_1/132-1805549-9994568?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07SM5HBK1&pd_rd_r=dd4c85ab-1aaf-4ffc-ab54-d4b8f167f0a3&pd_rd_w=NYeED&pd_rd_wg=uqx5K&pf_rd_p=5415687b-2c9d-46da-88a4-bbcfe8e07f3c&pf_rd_r=X2R4FF1YXH47ECHNCV8R&psc=1&refRID=X2R4FF1YXH47ECHNCV8R


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Re: hacking the mainframe with a solar generator
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2020, 12:33:02 PM »
I'm also considering standby power. I don't want to maintain a generator. I need enough to maybe run the sump pump and a few appliances, not at the same time. Strongly leaning toward an inverter that will be hooked up to whatever car is closest to the house and run a suicide cord in.

Power tools should run on batteries. Inverter will run the battery charger easily.

Jetboil/K-cup press for hot water/coffee.
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Re: hacking the mainframe with a solar generator
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2020, 12:53:36 PM »
Strongly leaning toward an inverter that will be hooked up to whatever car is closest to the house and run a suicide cord in.

2021 F150 Hybrid sound like a good (pricey) solution. I'd imagine they'll be fun to drive too. (>450hp/>500ft-lb)

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Well, with 2.4-kW generator, you can run an electric jack hammer and a compact concrete mixer, at the same time, for 85 hours on a single tank of fuel. And the monster 7.2-kW generator is capable of running a 120-volt plasma cutter, 120-volt TIG welder, chop saw, 1.5hp air compressor, angle grinder, and work light—simultaneously—for 32 hours.

https://www.motortrend.com/news/2021-ford-f-150-powerboost-hybrid-features-and-specs/

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Re: hacking the mainframe with a solar generator
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2020, 01:14:56 PM »
I'm also considering standby power. I don't want to maintain a generator. I need enough to maybe run the sump pump and a few appliances, not at the same time. Strongly leaning toward an inverter that will be hooked up to whatever car is closest to the house and run a suicide cord in.

Power tools should run on batteries. Inverter will run the battery charger easily.

Jetboil/K-cup press for hot water/coffee.
in your case a solar generator would be ideal,you could mount 100w solar panels to your trailer with one of these inside and not only have endless weekend of neighborhater free power on a wheeling trip but if you do lose power at home you can plug into your trailer