Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-05-2010, 07:17 AM   #15
2 Rivet Member
2006 25' Safari FB SE
Muncie , Indiana
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 20

A basic primer I acquired for my boat electrical system is The 12 Volt Bible. (Miner K. Brotherton) For a much broader, but less detailed, primer focused on RV's, I thought the write-up and diagrams at "" were extremely helpful. I thought it gave a very clear overview for a number of basic questions that we all have when we get started.

Fair winds.


SailorSteve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2010, 11:35 PM   #16
3 Rivet Member
1983 31' Airstream310
Santa Cruz , California
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 158
Images: 12
Time out, folks, we're providing information in all sorts of directions the OP doesn't need (yet).

The original question was about charging the batteries from the Honda generators directly from their DC output. It's only 8 amps (about 100 watts) and not enough to help much.

The 120 volts AC from the generator (one is enough, unless you're running air conditioning) is the same as 120 volts AC from a hookup or your house, and a charger, converter or Univolt changes this 120 volts AC to DC to charge the batteries.

In most cases you do not need or want an inverter (which changes 12 volts from the batteries to 120 volts for appliances) because your appliances operate from 12 volts anyway. If you want to run 120 volt AC appliances from the batteries, they had better be large batteries and it's another whole discussion.

dljosephson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2010, 06:29 AM   #17
2 Rivet Member
Ely , Minnesota
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 45

Thanks for all the good advice folks. I am learning and this is all helping.

bertheep is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Batteries, Chargers, Inverters and Wire Size amalgamator Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 0 03-24-2008 06:46 PM
Battery chargers FrenchBern Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 18 09-04-2006 10:54 AM
Voltage Inverters mcostanzo Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 12 08-01-2006 10:37 PM
Inverters again ! Tinsel Loaf Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 8 08-22-2004 07:22 AM
Battery chargers or not ??? donnall Airstream Motorhome Forums 2 12-06-2003 04:43 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:23 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.