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Old 03-13-2016, 08:46 AM   #29
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here in the land of coffee nerds we don't use electric coffee makers. Drip, French press, or Aeropress!
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:04 AM   #30
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Plenty of options without using 110 volts A/C:

Coffee maker thread

Less is more . . .

I feel SO much better about you now! Even though you have shamed me and my Keurig which I love!


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When the eyes refuse to blink freely in the morn, there is no substitute for the rapid response and support of a rolling boil and flush through the Keurig to provide the needed jolt. Of course there is that pesky generator to get spinning before the juice flows, the red light glows and the button is charged for service. You will have to excuse us a bit. Verona was on sale at Costco this week. Pat

Unfortunately, no generator, no K-cups, and only a lowly land line to light off the drip maker. But Verona for sure. Pour me another. And that is less chaff and more wheat with only a plug to lift. Pat
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Two Honda 2000i's in series.

You can run everything, even the air conditioner. You also have a backup if one needs servicing.
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:16 PM   #33
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Two Honda 2000i's in series.

You can run everything, even the air conditioner. You also have a backup if one needs servicing.
I hope they're paralleled. ...or everything, even the air conditioner will never run again.
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I think Honda's advertisement of it being parallel is a bit of a mis-lead considering with their kit, one generator plugs into the other generator, and you typically only plug one source (trailer) into one generator outlet. That would be series.

To make a true parallel cable:

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for the life of me I cannot make sense of any subject that uses the words "boondock" and "Hairdryer"...

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for the life of me I cannot make sense of any subject that uses the words "boondock" and "Hairdryer"...

You have to thaw frozen pipes, prepare surfaces for vhb tape, etc. with something.....
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Series vs Parallel
Using batteries as an example. When you connect 2 six volt batteries in series the result is 12 volts between the positive of battery #1 and the negative of battery #2. The voltage is doubled.
The cable used to connect 2 Honda generators together does NOT connect them in series. It is a parallel connection. If the generators were connected in series the output would be 240 volts or 2 x 120. The generators are connected in parallel to increase the load carrying capacity (amps) or (watts) not to increase the voltage.
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We need a little 120Vac for the morning coffee grinder operation, then boil some water in the kettle on the gas stove and pour the water through a paper filter holding the coffee grounds into the Melitta glass thermos coffee storage device.
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Some of us don't expect or even want microwaves, hair dryers, AC, or electric coffeepots while camping.

Bigger trailer so there's more storage, more appliances so we have the luxuries of home, bigger generator to power those devices, more battery storage to receive said power, bigger tow vehicle to pull all the aforementioned, and etc. etc.

The OP asked a simple question - will a 1000 watt generator charge his battery, and how long will it take? He isn't asking which 3/4 ton pickup is best, is a 28' better than a 25', or whether 2000 watts is greater than 1000 watts.
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Series vs Parallel
Using batteries as an example. When you connect 2 six volt batteries in series the result is 12 volts between the positive of battery #1 and the negative of battery #2. The voltage is doubled.
The cable used to connect 2 Honda generators together does NOT connect them in series. It is a parallel connection. If the generators were connected in series the output would be 240 volts or 2 x 120. The generators are connected in parallel to increase the load carrying capacity (amps) or (watts) not to increase the voltage.
Ya, but I wasn't talking about voltage. Just simple cabling. Your Airstream with the basic Honda cable is only plugged into one generator and one outlet. So basically its one cable (RV) connecting to one generator, then one cable connecting one generator to another generator. Series.

Apparently there is a true parallel kit out there that splices in-between the two generators that actually pulls power directly from both generators in parallel. This way you can pull the entire power capability from both generators which doesn't happen to the single socket amperage limited connection you get with the basic advertised parallel (series) connection. That one's purpose is almost fully negated by the outlet limitation of a single generator.
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Ya, but I wasn't talking about voltage. Just simple cabling. Your Airstream with the basic Honda cable is only plugged into one generator and one outlet. So basically its one cable (RV) connecting to one generator, then one cable connecting one generator to another generator. Series.

Apparently there is a true parallel kit out there that splices in-between the two generators that actually pulls power directly from both generators in parallel. This way you can pull the entire power capability from both generators which doesn't happen to the single socket amperage limited connection you get with the basic advertised parallel (series) connection. That one's purpose is almost fully negated by the outlet limitation of a single generator.
There are 2 ways to get the full combined output of the 2 Honda 2k generators. If your 2nd generator is the "Companion" model, it has a 30A outlet on it and will deliver the full continuous output of the pair (around 27A if you're near sea level.)

If you have 2 of the standard Honda 2ks you'd need the parallel kit that includes a 30A outlet and costs a bit more than the cable that combines the 2 generators, and is like the competitive brands use for paralleling their 2k units.

However, in BOTH cases described above, the generators are operating in parallel, providing more current than either one can on its own and outputting 120v (nominal). In the scenario you described, your max output on any one outlet is limited by the capability of the outlets and/or circuit breaker, which would be about 20A (they're 20A sockets on the Honda 2k, with a 20A breaker.) It's labeled 13.3A at 120v because that's the continuous output of one of the Hondas, but if you are running in parallel with just the basic cables between 2 standard units you'd have the full 20A available.
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I'd like to do a quick battery recharge once a day. I like the lower weight of the Honda 1000i, but will it take much longer to do the job than the 2000i? Thanks!
How 'bout it math and electron wizards? Run the numbers for us!

I don't have a generator or solar at the moment. I upgraded to two LifeLine 6 volts, 220 amps. First time out, I spent four days/three nights and I'm at 12.7 volts. I think that's about 75%, so I used about 50 or 60 amps.

With the PD9260C, how long would the 1000i and/or the 2000i have to run to fully recharge the batteries?
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