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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:42 pm

Dont forget...When you drive you'll charge your leisure battery by default . honda gene's are the quietest I've seen / heard if you want to buy a quiet one but they cost a lot more than an Aldi one .
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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:49 pm

Good point Jason. Not sure I need one enough to buy a Honda.

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:21 pm

@jj123vw wrote:
Dont forget...When you drive you'll charge your leisure battery by default . honda gene's are the quietest I've seen / heard if you want to buy a quiet one but they cost a lot more than an Aldi one .
I thought the leisure battery only got charged after the main battery was fully charged. So if relying on engine running to charge the leisure battery, you'd need to run the engine for at least 15 mins just to start charging it.

And yes, the Honda is quiet. It cost a lot more than those cheap and cheerful 2-stroke ones but it purrs like a kitten (just not as cuddly).
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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:53 pm

@Sunny wrote:
@jj123vw wrote:
Dont forget...When you drive you'll charge your leisure battery by default . honda gene's are the quietest I've seen / heard if you want to buy a quiet one but they cost a lot more than an Aldi one .
I thought the leisure battery only got charged after the main battery was fully charged. So if relying on engine running to charge the leisure battery, you'd need to run the engine for at least 15 mins just to start charging it..

Only if you have a Smartcom style split relay set-up. I don't believe Danbury fit those, so your leisure battery will be getting a charge from the moment you turn the key.

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:27 am

@TimV wrote:

Only if you have a Smartcom style split relay set-up. I don't believe Danbury fit those, so your leisure battery will be getting a charge from the moment you turn the key.
Interesting. So when does the "main" battery get charged, or are they charged concurrently?
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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:49 am

When current is flowing from the alternator to the main battery, the relay is closed circuit, this allows the current to flow to both batteries. When the ignition/engine is turned off the relay is open circuit to stop current drain from one battery to the other.

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:06 pm

They're back. The Aldi portable generators are available again at the bargain price of £60 from Thursday 4th July.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/thursday-specialbuys-4th-july/product-detail/ps/p/800w-generator/
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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:12 pm

@harryhornet wrote:
They're back. The Aldi portable generators are available again at the bargain price of £60 from Thursday 4th July.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/thursday-specialbuys-4th-july/product-detail/ps/p/800w-generator/

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:22 pm

I picked up a second hand Honda generator a couple of weeks ago off Ebay and we're going to take it to Larmer Tree Festival with us tomorrow.

A quick question (showing my ignorance). Do we just use the EHU lead that I usually use to connect to the socket in our garage, to plug into the van to top up the leisure battery?

If so, has anyone had a short lead made up to save taking the usual fairly long one?

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:05 pm

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A quick question (showing my ignorance). Do we just use the EHU lead that I usually use to connect to the socket in our garage, to plug into the van to top up the leisure battery?

If so, has anyone had a short lead made up to save taking the usual fairly long one?

Yes

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:07 pm

Thanks Chris. Succinct as always. ;-)

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:17 pm

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Thanks Chris. Succinct as always. ;-)

Trying to persuade my two girls to get to bed makes for rushed text entry :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:20 pm

Good luck. Been there, done that. Glad it's all over!

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:23 pm

Yes, not me either.

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:26 pm

Pity you live far away Abs I have several leads made up. Use the one from your garage should not be a problem whether its it 1.0mm cable or 1.5mm cable this will carry the current the Honda gives out quite easily. Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:33 pm

Absinthe wrote:
If so, has anyone had a short lead made up to save taking the usual fairly long one?

I made up a 1.5m cable to hook up our generator to the van. Cable bought by the metre from the local camping store, connectors purchased at the Sleepover auction Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:37 pm

That's my plan sometime, Geoff.

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:28 am

Hello

I am thinking of a Small Generator I like the Honda EC10i but not the price. Do any of you guys know which one is best? how was the Aldi one some of you bought? I just need the Fridge to last longer really.

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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:03 pm

I've been trying for a while to make my mind up about getting one of these Clarke ones, sort of between the Aldi one and the Honda pricewise, may be worth investigating.


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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:20 pm

Before the generator route trying increasing the size of you aux battery, and good fridge management, I have a 115 amp battery and last a good 3 days with fridge, music, neons at night and led lighting. I have a i1.0 Honda generator bought it in 2009 used it about 10 times very smooth and also very quiet and useful when electricity goes off at home (quite regularly). Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:26 pm

thank you Dennis What Battery is the best for the leisure?
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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:34 pm

I have got a Numax 110amp leisure battery, our van is a diamond conversion so had to move a few things around under the bed to fit.
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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Mon May 04, 2015 10:20 pm

Hi guys. I'm looking to buy a portable generator. Anyone looked at a company called Denqbar?
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PostSubject: Re: Portable generator - grounding   Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:41 pm

Hi again. Its been over a year since I was firs looking for a Genny. However I have just been gifted a Lidl (Parkside pgi 1200w model). Anyone ever use something like this? It seems to be a bit loud at 95db but considering the old trick of the three sided cardboard box lol. The manual refers to grounding with a cable but i'm totally scundered by the lack of further instruction...help plz
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