UPS vs individual Bat&Inv vs Gen

Discussion in 'Power cuts' started by Oopkrane, 1 Dec 2014.

  1. Oopkrane

    Oopkrane

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    Hi.
    I am curious. If one would want to run two Sun sun wavemakers (I will confirm wattage later) and 150W heater, what is the best bang for your buck?
    Currently we are sitting at 2 hour outages over weekends. 2 Hours are hardly a problem if you have a lightly stocked tank, but no one knows if this might increase due to unforeseen issues with generation.

    So lets say the requirements are:
    1. 200W power (50W max for sun sun wavemakers + 150 W for heater).
    2. Run for 12 hours.

    What is the best bang for buck:
    1. UPS
    2. Deep cycle battery, charger and Inverter.
    3. Generator.

    And any equipment suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    hi,
    being in alternate energy, i can say i would only use option 2 or 3

    i use a 102AH battery on a 600W inverter charger and i get 4hrs plus, i run a 60w return, mp60, my skimz 182 skimmer.

    generators are cool as you go larger with the added benefit of powering the rest of the house. a 5KVA diesel with ATS is prob about R11K which i can tell you is cheaper than loosing all my livestock
     
  4. jimilutz

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    My power was off from 10am on Saturday for load shedding. This caused some other problems and it only came back on at 1am this morning. I used my UPS to run the pumps at night and the noisy generator to recharge it and run the lights, skimmer, heater etc during the day.
    If you have a generator only you won't sleep very peacefully, especially when away on holiday as it needs to be started and filled up with fuel.
     
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