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electrical:generator [2017/10/08 08:46]
frater_secessus [etiquette]
electrical:generator [2019/10/01 10:03] (current)
frater_secessus [charging batteries]
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 A generator is a device that creates electricity from some other form of energy. ​ In RV terms this usually means a gasoline powered generator, but they can also run on propane or diesel. ​ \\ A generator is a device that creates electricity from some other form of energy. ​ In RV terms this usually means a gasoline powered generator, but they can also run on propane or diesel. ​ \\
-Note:In some areas solar setups and wind turbines are also called "​generators"​.+Note: in some areas solar setups and wind turbines are also called "​generators"​.
  
 The most common built-in generator is the Onan, now owned by Cummins. The most common built-in generator is the Onan, now owned by Cummins.
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 It is common to leave generators quiet in times of darkness, and to not run them when close to other campers. ​ It is common to leave generators quiet in times of darkness, and to not run them when close to other campers. ​
  
-==== charging batteries ====+===== charging batteries ​=====
  
 Generators are not particularly well-suited to [[electrical:​12v:​charging|charging lead-acid batteries]] (flooded, sealed, AGM, etc) on their own.  They work best in [[electrical:​12v:​alt_and_solar|combination with solar]]; the generator handles Bulk charging and solar handles the long-duration,​ low-current Absorption and Float stages.  ​ Generators are not particularly well-suited to [[electrical:​12v:​charging|charging lead-acid batteries]] (flooded, sealed, AGM, etc) on their own.  They work best in [[electrical:​12v:​alt_and_solar|combination with solar]]; the generator handles Bulk charging and solar handles the long-duration,​ low-current Absorption and Float stages.  ​
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 If the generator is being used for some other purpose then by all means add on battery charging. ​ But running a generator for hours at 5% capacity only for charging is not optimal. If the generator is being used for some other purpose then by all means add on battery charging. ​ But running a generator for hours at 5% capacity only for charging is not optimal.
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 +Generators //are// well suited to charging [[electrical:​12v:​deep_cycle_battery#​lithium_chemistries|lithium-chemistry batteries]] as that type can take current at all points of charging.
 ===== efficient use ===== ===== efficient use =====
 Generators generally have a minimum amount of wattage they can produce. ​ This means that until you hit that minimum multiple loads can be run for "​free",​ speaking in terms of fuel consumption. ​ Generators generally have a minimum amount of wattage they can produce. ​ This means that until you hit that minimum multiple loads can be run for "​free",​ speaking in terms of fuel consumption. ​
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 +===== further reading =====
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 +  * Chinese genny megathread: ​ [[http://​www.rv.net/​forum/​index.cfm/​fuseaction/​thread/​tid/​15131645.cfm|3000w Chinese Gensets Info]]
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