Best place to get a gennie at good prices

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  1. Aquanaught

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    Hi all,

    I am about to make an investment and purchase a gennie, just in case of that unexpected black out, I need to power about 3 large marine tanks, that will be just heating and returns I guess, a 2.5kva should be ok.

    I've been though all the forums and understand that maybe and inverter is the better option but i'm looking for something cheap that might just come in handy when I need it most ?

    They do them at Builders, but are there any other better cheaper places ?

    Any advice will be appreciated.
     
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  3. Aquanaught

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    I've requested a quote on this one, looks cool, but maybe the more electric savy can advise me:

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    Features and Benefits
    Maximum 2.6 kVA 230volts, 50hz @ 3600rpm
    Recoil Starter
    Low noise design, 58 - 65dBA @ 7m
    5 Hours running on a single 4.8 litre tank at full load
    Stylish and patented design
    Unique and patented air cycle system
    DC output 12 volts, 8.3amps Battery Charging Facility
    Powerful Four Stroke Petrol Engine
    Oil Alert and Shutdown LED for Engine Protection
    Overload Alarm LED and Shutdown for Engine Protection
    Voltage Output Indicator LED
    230 volt plug sockets x 2
    Inverter gives a pure 230 Volt Sine Wave
     
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    How many watts total will you be running on the three tanks combined?

    You can get a 600W inverter with battery charger and auto start when the power goes off and a deep cycle 102 ah battery for just over R3000. Will run three 50W pumps for just as long or longer than the 5 hrs this genie is rated for. No noise, no petrol expense and automatic backup when you are not at home.
     
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    Those cheapie fragram-type gennies at builders look tempting, however I was listening to my neighbour trying to start his up the other day, what a mission and a racket (they're 2stroke buzz bombs).

    Ideally you want something that can bootstrap itself as well - otherwise you'd need an inverter setup anyway.
     
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    Hey @Aquanaught , I bought a honda generator EU20i for R8600 from Makro normal price about R9500. Awesome piece of equipment to have as its super silent and on eco throttle get about 10 hours out of it on a 4.1 litre tank size. I have two of these genies which i use in conjuction with a battery and inverter. Battery and inverter great for a few hours while you are able to get to the genie to switch on. I could suggest the Eu30i since you are wanting the 2,6kva, not sure on pricing though but you can check out the website Honda Generators - Generators by Honda - Home. These portable honda genies are super silent. Mine positioned outside between door and security gate, when i start two of my Eu20i together and both are running, can close the door and hear a slight hum thats about it, walk 30 meters away zip. And as far as backup support awesome as you just send into agents to get serviced.
     
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    Hey @Bendor ,,k this is something I'd really like to look into,,, what are the components one would need? Where do you get them etc?
     
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    @WarrenElvis put me onto these guys.

    PM sent.
     
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    thanks guys, im still a little confused ?? Gennie or inverter ?
     
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    Your choice.

    Auto start with obvious "you're away" benefit.
    Auto charge.
    No running costs.
    Completely silent.
    Heavy and difficult to move around due to big battery.

    Or

    Some running costs. (Petrol/diesel)
    Mobile if needed for other things (if small enough).
    Fumes and noise depending on model genie.
    Could go bigger and run some household items but formal connection to house is needed (R2500) and bigger genies are more expensive.

    I'm sure there is more but that's my 2c.
     
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    Even if the genie you are looking at is significantly cheaper than R3100 (total cost of inverter and battery) the petrol and service costs will catch up soon enough.

    If only one then I would go for the inverter.

    I would like to know what everyone else thinks.
     
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    Ive got a sukam smiley inverter, which crashed after six months, and today replaced it with another, which appears to also be giving troubles, all I can say is look at getting a well renowned inverter if thats the way you're looking at going ( perhaps from the link i posted earlier) the six month i had it working, was a dream. seamless kickover from mains loss, and two deep cycle batteries will run "forever". You just need something local, a lot of the inverters we have are imported from India and china, so support is zero.
     
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    As with every brand on the market .... There are those bad apples in the basket ... Local or imported .... There are quite a few of us here on the forum with Sukams and very happy with them .... And they have been put to the test many times ..... More important than brand names its important to have a great relationship with the place you buying from .... Most retailers will bend over backwards to help out if they really want to ....
     
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