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  Reply # 1085693 9-Jul-2014 13:02 Send private message

Dynamic: The Warehouse have an 800w inverter generator on clearance for $300 - http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/catalog/product/Inverter-Generator-800W?SKU=1697039 .

I bought one of these a year ago and fire it up every 2 months for half an hour to blow out the cobwebs.  Easy to start every time.  Very quiet.  Not the gruntiest but will easily keep the fridge cold in an outage and run a computer with its high quality output.

I paid $400 for mine on an 'introductory special' that said they would normally be $800.


Thanks for this - I was thinking of purchasing one a year or so back (when we moved to UFB with VOIP), and again noticed this one in my local TWH a couple of weeks ago. What stopped me getting one a year back was the idea to get one powerful enough to run a microwave (could be very useful in a civil emergency, I thought!). This one states 800W: would it run a microwave on a medium heat level, provided the power usage on the selected setting was below 800W? And I assume it'll be adequate to run the laptop, ONT and modem (even if not all three at the same time)? (The aim is to provide a longer-lasting power supply than a UPS.) Cheers.

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  Reply # 1085708 9-Jul-2014 13:33 Send private message

jonathan18:
Dynamic: The Warehouse have an 800w inverter generator on clearance for $300 - http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/catalog/product/Inverter-Generator-800W?SKU=1697039 .

I bought one of these a year ago and fire it up every 2 months for half an hour to blow out the cobwebs.  Easy to start every time.  Very quiet.  Not the gruntiest but will easily keep the fridge cold in an outage and run a computer with its high quality output.

I paid $400 for mine on an 'introductory special' that said they would normally be $800.


Thanks for this - I was thinking of purchasing one a year or so back (when we moved to UFB with VOIP), and again noticed this one in my local TWH a couple of weeks ago. What stopped me getting one a year back was the idea to get one powerful enough to run a microwave (could be very useful in a civil emergency, I thought!). This one states 800W: would it run a microwave on a medium heat level, provided the power usage on the selected setting was below 800W? And I assume it'll be adequate to run the laptop, ONT and modem (even if not all three at the same time)? (The aim is to provide a longer-lasting power supply than a UPS.) Cheers.


Microwaves are hard on inverters (and by extension, inverter generators).  They have a wicked startup current.  Googling suggests an 800w microwave would need a 2kva generator or better.  I have a second generator available to me - a chinese 2.8kva electric start petrol model that I mounted on wheels.  That provides heaps of power for us, but it is low quality power.  The phazing isn't exactly 50hz, the voltage fluctuates between 220 and 250v, etc.  That runs a microwave just fine.

We bought a spare gas bottle for the BBQ and a little gas cooker that connects to the BBQ bottle.  Whenever one bottle is emptied, it gets filled promptly so we are never out of gas.




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  Reply # 1085713 9-Jul-2014 13:46 Send private message

Dynamic: Microwaves are hard on inverters (and by extension, inverter generators).  They have a wicked startup current.  Googling suggests an 800w microwave would need a 2kva generator or better.  I have a second generator available to me - a chinese 2.8kva electric start petrol model that I mounted on wheels.  That provides heaps of power for us, but it is low quality power.  The phazing isn't exactly 50hz, the voltage fluctuates between 220 and 250v, etc.  That runs a microwave just fine.

We bought a spare gas bottle for the BBQ and a little gas cooker that connects to the BBQ bottle.  Whenever one bottle is emptied, it gets filled promptly so we are never out of gas.


Cheers for that info; so clearly this one won't work for such wider purposes, but I recall looking back then at more powerful inverter models and they were far more expensive. As long as I have enough power for some electronic equipment (charging laptop and mobiles; running the ONT and modem), and operating some lighting as needed), I think I'll have the important bases covered.

So am still interested in following up on this generator; I've only just now had a call back from our local store, and they're holding the last one in the store for 24 hours so I get a chance to convince my wife of the necessity of the purchase!



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Reply # 1085746 9-Jul-2014 14:34 Send private message

jonathan18: I've only just now had a call back from our local store, and they're holding the last one in the store for 24 hours


So you're saying I should get down there quick a say there's one on hold for me?

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  Reply # 1085807 9-Jul-2014 15:41 Send private message

Jaxson:
jonathan18: I've only just now had a call back from our local store, and they're holding the last one in the store for 24 hours


So you're saying I should get down there quick a say there's one on hold for me?


Doh! You wouldn't dare! However, if you play nice I may let you come around to charge your devices on it come a natural disaster or similar. (I couldn't get anyone else in my wider family to go in on buying an expensive inverter generator - the upshot is I threatened they couldn't benefit from it should there be a need!)

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  Reply # 1085991 9-Jul-2014 19:52 Send private message

Dynamic: The Warehouse have an 800w inverter generator on clearance for $300 - http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/catalog/product/Inverter-Generator-800W?SKU=1697039 .

I bought one of these a year ago and fire it up every 2 months for half an hour to blow out the cobwebs.  Easy to start every time.  Very quiet.  Not the gruntiest but will easily keep the fridge cold in an outage and run a computer with its high quality output.

I paid $400 for mine on an 'introductory special' that said they would normally be $800.


I tweeted that when I saw it, but didnt get any answer. If it was easier to put pictures on here I would have ;)

Anyway, is it 2 or 4 stroke?




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  Reply # 1085993 9-Jul-2014 19:54 Send private message

Dynamic:
Microwaves are hard on inverters (and by extension, inverter generators).  They have a wicked startup current.  Googling suggests an 800w microwave would need a 2kva generator or better.  I have a second generator available to me - a chinese 2.8kva electric start petrol model that I mounted on wheels.  That provides heaps of power for us, but it is low quality power.  The phazing isn't exactly 50hz, the voltage fluctuates between 220 and 250v, etc.  That runs a microwave just fine.



Unless you get an inverter microwave from panasonic. Even their dirt cheap ones are no longer running a cycling magnetic transformer now, so are nice and easy to power. But they don't come as low as 800w so will be no good on the warehouse generator anyway.




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  Reply # 1086027 9-Jul-2014 21:00 Send private message

richms:
Dynamic: The Warehouse have an 800w inverter generator on clearance for $300 - http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/catalog/product/Inverter-Generator-800W?SKU=1697039 .

I bought one of these a year ago and fire it up every 2 months for half an hour to blow out the cobwebs.  Easy to start every time.  Very quiet.  Not the gruntiest but will easily keep the fridge cold in an outage and run a computer with its high quality output.

I paid $400 for mine on an 'introductory special' that said they would normally be $800.


I tweeted that when I saw it, but didnt get any answer. If it was easier to put pictures on here I would have ;)

Anyway, is it 2 or 4 stroke?


4-stroke; there's a link to the instruction manual from the product page - direct link is http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/is-bin/intershop.static/WFS/TWL-Site/TWL-B2C/en_NZ/content/9417648868762-inverter-generator-manual.pdf


I picked it up earlier tonight; very light and compact, certainly other advantages of it being an inverter model. Uses 91 as well, so good to be able to store a single lot of fuel for this and the lawn mower (though I'll buy another jerry can; currently only have a 10 litre container).


richms:
Dynamic: 
Microwaves are hard on inverters (and by extension, inverter generators).  They have a wicked startup current.  Googling suggests an 800w microwave would need a 2kva generator or better.  I have a second generator available to me - a chinese 2.8kva electric start petrol model that I mounted on wheels.  That provides heaps of power for us, but it is low quality power.  The phazing isn't exactly 50hz, the voltage fluctuates between 220 and 250v, etc.  That runs a microwave just fine.



Unless you get an inverter microwave from panasonic. Even their dirt cheap ones are no longer running a cycling magnetic transformer now, so are nice and easy to power. But they don't come as low as 800w so will be no good on the warehouse generator anyway.


Our microwave is a Panasonic inverter model; while I understand the "high" heat setting will be too much, what about if done on a lower setting? Given it's an inverter model, I assume it'll use a proportionally lower amount of power?

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  Reply # 1086044 9-Jul-2014 21:05 Send private message

Might pick one up, its about the same price as those rubbish 2 stroke ones that were all over supercheap and bunnings a while back, but no issues with mixing oil and it going off.




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  Reply # 1086050 9-Jul-2014 21:16 Send private message

Is this online only?

Web sales are "sold out" already :(

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  Reply # 1086083 9-Jul-2014 22:23 Send private message

PhantomNVD: Is this online only?

Web sales are "sold out" already :(


No, as I mentioned I picked one up from the local store. They did also mention they would have been able to have transferred one from another store had they not had one available.

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  Reply # 1086120 9-Jul-2014 23:01 Send private message

How are UPS's off these inverter generators? Only ask because I tried powering my cheap APC one off an inverter from the car last extended power outage and it was not happy at all, making a loud buzzing noise and just clicking on and offline constantly. And yes the car inverter was 50Hz 230V not my 60Hz 110V one.




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  Reply # 1086178 10-Jul-2014 07:22 Send private message

jonathan18:
PhantomNVD: Is this online only?

Web sales are "sold out" already :(


No, as I mentioned I picked one up from the local store. They did also mention they would have been able to have transferred one from another store had they not had one available.


Thanks!

Think I'll head in to my local to pick one up today then too, great that people here all share the info, what an awesome community we have!

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