Portable Generator

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Portable Generator

portable generatorYou may wonder why I carry around a portable generator. When travelling in the caravan we had a heavy 5kVA unit in a cradle that could run the air-conditioner in the van and everything else including our satellite TV. I was glad to sell the van, if only for the reason that I didn’t have to lug the heavy-mother every other day… just to power our ridiculous array of electrical appliances.

The real reason I carry a small, and I mean small about 950watts portable generator these days is not so much to run appliances but for its battery charging capability. I have been caught before with dual batteries both dead flat (on Rainbow Beach in NSW and in the Victoria Desert) and waited two days while a small 32watt solar panel (look closely at the bonnett of the Toyota towing the van and you will see the solar panel) trickled enough charge for us to boot the vehicle up.

Portable GeneratorI don’t like the idea of being stranded anywhere, particularly when it shows I haven’t budgeted my energy requirements properly. Both these events were triggered by a couple of stinking hot days, and the big draw of the car fridge but most importantly it was the result of me not checking the status of the batteries.

I have had the little genny on the right for about 6 years and it runs like a dream and best of all, it runs on the smell of an oily rag. There is a direct charge facility from the genny, just perfect if we ever have dead flat batteries again. These small units are not expensive and are good insurance on those long outback trips.

You might be thinking this is a bit of overkill? It boils down to simple risk management, and will depend on how many trips you do in isolated areas. We tend to do quite a bit of travelling in remote areas and need to be self contained. A couple of hundred bucks on a small portable generator is good insurance.

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