Originally Posted by Jan01
Hi- our acid/lead batteries are shot. We will replace when our trip is over but in the mean time- when using a Honda 2200 generator only
1. Would dead batteries cause the 1000 watt microwave to not operate at full power?(No other power on ie. lights, tv etc)
2. Would this also cause the soft cell not to fire up the compressor for the ac.?
We wouldn’t use all these things at the same time.
Thanks for all your expertise!
You don’t supply sufficient information to adequately answer your question.
This is because the term “dead battery” is not defined. That phrase can mean anything from a battery with low capacity to a battery with a completely open circuit and unable to be detected by the charger.... and all kinds of conditions in-between.
For example, if your “dead” battery holds no or low charge but “tops off” quickly (because it has no capacity) to a healthy-appearing 13.7 volts.... in that case your little generator’s capacity will virtually ALL be available for your microwave, AC, etc. (because that low-capacity battery appears to be fully charged.)
If, on the other hand, your “dead” battery never achieves what falsely appears to be a full-charge and continues to soak-up your gen’s output ... then the amount being absorbed uselessly by your battery will not be available to the trailer’s accessories.
It’s unlikely you are equipped to determine the type of failure your dead-battery is experiencing without taking it in to be tested... and if you do that you might as well go ahead and replace it with a new battery.... and your problem disappears completely.
That’s what I recommend....do it now, not after your trip is over,.... if for no other reason... your trailer’s emergency break-away braking system depends on a healthy battery.