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Old Feb 22, 2012, 11:40 AM
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What Generator are you guys using?

I know this subject might have been beaten to death, but I can't find any good threads about it, so I ask the question: What generator are you guys using?

I need something to charge my Electra 12s 6600mah batteries. I have a cellpro8 and a maxamps 24 volts 1100 watts powersupply

I like the size and weight of the honda eu1000, but it is just enought for this, with no extra capacity to charge anything else

On the other hand, the 2000 is like 20 pounds heavier, but it will allow charging other stuff at the same time

I do load up my car for each trip, so weight is a consideration

Also, have you guys tried the Generac units? they are less expensive, but I wonder if they are reliable, easy to start, quiet etc...

Lastly, If anyone has a used one that wants to sell, let me know

Thanks
Jack
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 01:04 PM
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I know this subject might have been beaten to death, but I can't find any good threads about it, so I ask the question: What generator are you guys using?

I need something to charge my Electra 12s 6600mah batteries. I have a cellpro8 and a maxamps 24 volts 1100 watts powersupply

I like the size and weight of the honda eu1000, but it is just enought for this, with no extra capacity to charge anything else

On the other hand, the 2000 is like 20 pounds heavier, but it will allow charging other stuff at the same time

I do load up my car for each trip, so weight is a consideration

Also, have you guys tried the Generac units? they are less expensive, but I wonder if they are reliable, easy to start, quiet etc...

Lastly, If anyone has a used one that wants to sell, let me know

Thanks
Jack

Jack.
I do sell Yamaha 2000 or 2400.
The 2000 is working great. It put out 1600 watts continues.
This new btw with factory warranty.
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 02:30 PM
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Hi Jack:
I use the Honda 1000. The 2000 is better suited to our needs though.
The generics tend to be much louder then the Honda/Yamaha's.
The extra twenty pounds gives you a good workout!
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 02:46 PM
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I currently use the Honda 1000. I've had it for years, beautifully quiet and reliable. It's now too small for my charging requirements though. Looking at upgrading to the 2000 watt model

You can't go past Honda or Yamaha, they are both awesome in my books. You get what you pay for. The cheap units are noisier and i've seen them upset club members when charging at the field. My little Honda, well you don't even know it's there.

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Old Feb 22, 2012, 02:56 PM
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EU2000.... flawless
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 03:22 PM
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Guys, thank for the advice. I'll stick to yamaha or honda, noise is a big deal for me. My club is in a very quiet and peaceful place, so i don't think an anoying generator will be welcomed. I thought the Generac brand was good (I guess is honeywell), but i don't want to experiment

Greg, with your 1000 unit, can you charge your 12s packs at 40 amps? that is about 675 watts. The 1000's are rated at 900, and you have efficiency losses at the power supply and the charger... what is your experience? I have never tried it.

Thanks again... sorry to ask so much, but is not a cheap purchase . I love the size and weight of the 1000, but don't want to find out that it is not enough for my needs

thanks a lot
jack
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 03:42 PM
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:19 PM
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Greg, with your 1000 unit, can you charge your 12s packs at 40 amps? that is about 675 watts. The 1000's are rated at 900, and you have efficiency losses at the power supply and the charger... what is your experience? I have never tried it.

jack
Err, 12 s at 40 amps is ~2000 watts
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:23 PM
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Err, 12 s at 40 amps is ~2000 watts
You are right.... I forgot to mention that is a set of 3 4s packs, charged in parallel. (typical electra set up)...

So I'm actually charging a 4s, 20Amp pack at 40 amps charge rate (2 C's)

sorry for the confusion
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:41 PM
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Jack for what it's worth I've been running the honeywell 2000 watt all last summer and it has worked great!!
it's quiet, I've heard the honda and the yamaha they are just a touch quieter then mine. The yamaha is the quietest

With that said as well as mine has worked at $569 bucks with shipping to my door I would never spend the $1300 for the yamaha

here is what I have:

http://www.electricgeneratorsdirect....tor/p6693.html
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 05:46 PM
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Jack,
I have a Honda 1000 running a 1150 watt power supply and 2 TP820's we charged 3 6s-5000, in about 20 min. running the 1000 to the max.

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Old Feb 22, 2012, 05:55 PM
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Guys, thank for the advice. I'll stick to yamaha or honda, noise is a big deal for me. My club is in a very quiet and peaceful place, so i don't think an anoying generator will be welcomed. I thought the Generac brand was good (I guess is honeywell), but i don't want to experiment

Greg, with your 1000 unit, can you charge your 12s packs at 40 amps? that is about 675 watts. The 1000's are rated at 900, and you have efficiency losses at the power supply and the charger... what is your experience? I have never tried it.

Thanks again... sorry to ask so much, but is not a cheap purchase . I love the size and weight of the 1000, but don't want to find out that it is not enough for my needs

thanks a lot
jack
Jack:
I charge at 20 amps and the generator is putting out the max it will do.
Around 20 min to charge
powerlab 8
1400w 24v power supply
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 06:12 PM
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I've used this guy with success on charger a LOT of batteries


20 KW Generator
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Unfortunately you'll get kicked out of clubs cause the semi that tows the thing takes up too much parking space and other people don't like the noise and stuff.


On a less serious note has anyone taking those Harbor Freight generators and put some sound proofing around them to make them more quiet?

86 shipped is kinda hard to ignore
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 06:54 PM
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I just bring my solar panles and charge all day 2 1600 power supplies for my 12s packs and the panels don't take up that much room. Cost me 400 bucks for the panels. Then when it rains I don't fly
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 07:03 PM
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I just bring my solar panles and charge all day 2 1600 power supplies for my 12s packs and the panels don't take up that much room. Cost me 400 bucks for the panels. Then when it rains I don't fly
WOW where di you get those from?
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