Here's a post to another group that might be of interest here.
Thought I'd mention a couple of good deals that I've come across.
One is at Progressive Dynamics, one of best converter/charger makers,
IMHO. They have plenty of factory refurbs at great prices:
Their stock waxes and wanes so I thought I'd mention that they have a
practically full line available. I just ordered another 9180A, the 80
amp version with the Charge Wizard built in. I keep one around as a
high power, intelligent battery
charger that works without having to
press any buttons.
Northern has a sale going on that sweet little 2-stroke generator
I've mentioned before:
I bought one of these several years ago from a ChiCom tool vendor at a
fleamarket. A veritable workhorse that will handle significant
overload, especially if frequency isn't terribly important. I've used
mine with the 60 amp Intellipower in my MH and as of the last couple
of weeks, in my semi truck to charge the BAAGM (big assed AGM) battery
I installed to run my electric blanket and other accessories when I'm
on a multi-day layover. When underway, I plug the Intellipower into
my 1500 watt inverter to charge the BAAGM. Does a very fast,
intelligent charge from the engine electrical
The BAAGM approach is a good one for operating moderate power drain
loads overnight. I plug the electric blanket (5.5 amps) and the
laptop converter (about the same) into it when I hit the sack. At 120
AH, it has the capacity to run both for the 6-8 hours I sleep without
impacting the truck batteries at all.
The truck has a low voltage cut-off that inconveniently cuts power to
everything at about the 6 hour point when I try to run these loads on
the main battery
(4 8C truck batteries) system. I just stuck the
BAAGM under my bunk and mounted a series of cig lighter sockets to the
top of the battery using GM VHB double sided adhesive tape. The
Intellipower and the inverter sit right beside it.
This might be a good solution in an RV for similar situations. The
BAAGM can be placed under the bed, as space permits, and run the
electric blanket, etc., without affecting the main house batteries.
The Intellipower at full chat into a dead battery pulls right at 1100
watts from the line. This little generator
handles it just fine. It
slows down a little (frequency drops to about 56-57 hz) but the
voltage stays up just fine and the Intellipower couldn't care less
Anyway, add some of the smokeless two stroke oil now available
(Northern has it.) and the generator
is practically indistinguishable
from a 4-stroke. Not Honda EU quiet but not bad.
I should note that this generator is currently listed in the Chatta
store for $149 but they'll honor the web price if you ask. Not bad,
web price and no shipping.
I just bought a second one dedicated to the semi truck. Gotta fab a
frame rack for it while I'm off on Christmas Vacation. I'm about to
buy a third generator to disassemble and rewind for 12 volts and
convert it to a CBC.
John De Armond
See my website for my current email address
Cleveland, Occupied TN
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