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Old 08-29-2014, 09:23 AM   #15
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I have a 250 watt plug in inverter that I used to grind coffee beans before I purchased the Escape (I have a 1000 watt inverter in the trailer). It worked fine plugged into the vehicle's auxiliary outlet, although the manufacture suggested cutting off the plug & wiring directly to the battery if you planned to use the full output of the device.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:01 AM   #16
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Grinds batch before you leave,store in an airtight container and keep frozen or cold as possible.
That's what I did last trip, but I don't want to use space in refrigerator unnecessarily.
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Did you try using a small freezer bag for storage, takes up a lot less space for dry items, and gets smaller as you use it and.... no power required!
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I don't want to use space in refrigerator unnecessarily.
Can't displace the beer...
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Old 08-30-2014, 01:15 PM   #19
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Did you try using a small freezer bag for storage, takes up a lot less space for dry items, and gets smaller as you use it and.... no power required!
I'm planning on heading out for 6-8 weeks. If I was only going for a week or 2, it wouldn't be an issue.
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I've seen peeps in tent sites carry their coffee grinder to the bathroom, plug it in and grind up fresh coffee for "Roughing it Coffee", You could also grind up a bag full every few days when ever you find an outlet. Anything you can do to reduce battery use when on the road is a plus....
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I've seen peeps in tent sites carry their coffee grinder to the bathroom, plug it in and grind up fresh coffee for "Roughing it Coffee", You could also grind up a bag full every few days when ever you find an outlet. Anything you can do to reduce battery use when on the road is a plus....
With 200 watts of solar panels, that's not an issue. Running the coffee grinder 5-10 seconds once or twice a week won't make any difference at all.
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As the original question was about how big an inverter to buy for your grinder, I was addressing the possibility that you might not need one at all.
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Old 09-07-2014, 02:05 PM   #23
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We use a hand crank burr grinder for our daily coffee. It is made in Japan by Hario. It takes about 5 minutes of cranking to make a pot. Coffee is best ground each day. Flax seeds may not be as critical when stored.
Bob's suggestion makes sense, just borrow an outlet for a few seconds once a week. No inverter needed.
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I have both a blender and coffee grinder. I run them through my 200 amp inverter that is plugged into a cigarette lighter outlet. I run it off my van right now - my Scamp isn't quite ready for action. Because it is seconds of use I have never had a problem. My blender is a basic $15 Wal-Mart special I think it is a Hamilton beach with only a pulse button which gives me control. My coffee grinder was from a thrift store and I checked the wattage before buying - its a 60/100 peak if I recall correctly don't have it close enough to check the brand.
You can do it. Worst is a breaker or fuse replacement which is easy peasy.
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Wow... I hope you meant to say 200 watts.

As most household blenders, like Oster and Black & Decker, pull 450-500 watts. Your trick of only short pulses may be the answer. Good Idea.....
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Oops you are right
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