Buying a generator.

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  1. Broder

    Broder Mudshark

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    I would like to buy a small generator for some peace of mind. I see a Ryobi 2.5KVA for sale at game for R999. It's an RG-2700. Does this sound like it'll be able to run a couple of return pumps and flow pumps? Please, any help will be appreciated as I'm totally clueless.
     
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    Mudshark Gennie's is my game we sell lots of them but not the small ones from 25kva to 200kva. To run a normal marine tank that run at 1500w you will need a 5kva Gennie (start up amp that's a bit to high for a 2.5kva) ,but if you switch off your lights and main pump and then start them one bay one they it work.I so the Game add it's a insane price R999.00 for a 2.5 kva ryobi go for it the normal price is R2500 exl vat.
     
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    That's a BLOODY CHEAP price, Mudshark! Go for it! Immediately!

    I got a 1.2kVA for R1299 at Makro.... mines one of them (supposedly) silent types - for camping use....
     
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    Good price and a nice size for a system back up, when the power goes you dont really need the lights, 2.5 will keep your system alive fairly easily.
     
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    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    Thanks for all the replies guys. You've really helped. Rushing off to buy one.
     
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    Before you run off and buy a gene look at the invertors that Hi Fi corp or House and Home sell for about R1500. These are silent and should run your return pump and a few extras with natureal switch overwhen the power drops.
     
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    Ashraf - does the inverters includes batteries, AND intelligent electronic chargers as well?
    Or is it JUST the inverters? And what wattage are they rated at, the inverters?
     
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    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    That sounds good as well. The thing that worries me is that the outages seem to be getting longer and longer. As far as I know, the inverters can only run for about 3 hrs?
     
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    Mudshark, Can I ask a favor? If you purchase it can you test it for us and give feedback as im going on holiday soon and need to be prepared just in case
     
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    They include batteries and intelligent chargers as well. All of this nicely packed on wheels for easy mobility. I'm no electrical expert but that are rated for 1200 watts. There are also bigger ones rated higher but of course cost more I think R2500.

    Go and check them out at Hi Fi Corp at N1 City they are right at the entrance. Alternatively they are at House and Home in Canal Walk.

    I considerng buying one for me, but need to do a bit of research since the 3 hour limit described earlier concerns me.
     
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    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    I was not referring to the particular inverter that you are referring to. It was a ball-park figure that I was given by Ellies on their inverter setup. Maybe somebody can give us an idea as to what size inverter we need to run say 400w for 8hrs.
     
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    Inverters generally dont run for extended periods, that is why i personally prefer a gennie. On any power outage under 4hrs i dont usually worry about back up power anything longer and i hook up the supply.
     
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    if you going with an invertor, just make sure you get a PURE/TRUE Sine wave invertor, NOT a modified/simulated sine wave, otherwise you going to have an expensive paper weight!
     
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    You mean UPS ?
     
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    invertors can be made to run longer,simply add another battery!:)
     
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    Tedelex Intellipower

    These are examples of what I am talking about
    http://www.kalahari.net/electronics/Intellipower-2/33087/34268702.aspx

    or

    Cats Digital

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    1kva 12Volt 600Watt. 12Volt DC - 220 Volt AC.[​IMG] Up to 6 Hours of usage.[​IMG] Powers up lights,Office Equip.[​IMG] Computers,TV's & certain household appliances.[​IMG] Uses 2 Std. High Amp. 12v Batt.[​IMG] Built-in-Automatic Charger. Built-in-protection features.[​IMG] Provides seamless & auto. switchover to battery backup.[​IMG] Portable on Wheels. Easy Install.[​IMG] 1 Yr. Guarantee on Unit (Battery Not Guranteed)
     
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    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    Just bought the gennie. The special started at 17h00, I got there at a quarter past and took the last one. I'll test it in the next few days and report back next week.
     
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    Cool Mudshark. WOW - all gone is 15 minutes!
     
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