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Old 01-16-2013, 08:53 PM   #1
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35 amp Powermax with 1000 watt genset

After loading/unloading a 2000 watt Honda genset, I'm ready to step down to a 1000 watt model (Yamaha or Honda). We've converted to solar panels and switched out led lights for the original halogens. We don't run many appliances, except to charge computers/phones. We have a 2250 watt inverter which is just fine. At this point a smaller generator makes sense for just charging the batteries when the sun don't shine. Randy at BestConverter suggested a 35 amp Powermax Boondocker would be best for a 1000 watt generator. Has anyone had any experience with a 35 amp/1000 watt genset combo? Anything I'm missing? (BTW, anyone want to buy a slightly used Honda 2000 genset?)
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:54 PM   #2
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I can tell you that a Honda 1000 i will power a Progressive Dynamics 9245 (45 amp) converter/charger fine, but will not run a 9260 (60 amp). It mostly has to do with the power factor issue of a switching power supply.

I don't know the specifics of a Powermax boondocker but would guess it would work OK if the 45 amp PD unit does.

I like the very light weight of the Honda 1000 i. At 29 # it is easy to load and unload and runs forever on 2 quarts of fuel, when in eco mode. I always cary it with me, although I don't use it very often. The small solar system on my Argosy keeps up with my electrical load for the most part.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:01 AM   #3
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Thanks for your advice. Randy at BC thought the 45 amp model would be OK with the 1000 watt generator, but there wouldn't be much power left over to power other appliances. I've emailed him more details of our setup, and use of a generator mainly as a backup to solar. But it's good to know the smaller generator will work with either the 35 or the 45 amp converters.
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I also have a 45 amp converter (PD-9245) and my Honda EU1000i powers it with no problem.
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