Honda eu1000 gas generator and battery charging

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by hank2222, Jun 16, 2015.

  1. hank2222

    hank2222 Monkey+++

    I m trying to figure out the run time for the little gen set to charge the battery bank when it has to when the sun is not shinning enough to make enough power to recharge the battery off grid system
    It has to charge a 1.5kw battery bank that I have now

    Any ideas
  2. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    You need to know:
    Voltage of the Battery Bank....
    How many AMPs the Battery Bank takes when you first start to reCharge it.
    How many Hours it takes to bring the Battery Bank Genset, with NO Load, per hour.
    How efficient your Battery Charger is at converting 120Vac, to your Battery Bank Voltage.
    you need to plot the BaseLine Electrical Power Output Watts, to Gallons of Fuel Used to generate those Watts, Excluding the No Load Fuel it takes to just turn the engine over.
    with the above information, it will be possible to calculate the Runtime, and the Amount of Fuel Used to complete a recharge.....

    OR..... You can just recharge the Bank, a few times, and average the Time, and Fueled Used....

    Typically, by the TIME you get good Data, for the first set of reference Points, you will have spent more hours, than just going ahead with the latter option, and even doing it a few times, and then do the averaging....

    Folks pay "Engineers" a lot of money, to figure out "Stuff" that they can find out themselves, with a little common Sense.....
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  3. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    In an ideal world, it would only take a couple hours...however, there are several variables.

    1) What is the chemistry of the battery bank (puts different limits on the charge rate)
    2) Are you using the 12 volt charging port on the generator or a separate battery charger (10 amps, 50, 100?)
    3) How far down is the battery bank before you recharge (self explanatory)
    4) How much power is being drawn when you are charging (if you're pulling out 10 amps and only charging @ 12 amps, it's going to be a long time)

    It's all in the numbers, my friend ;)
    ETA: and what BTPost said!
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  4. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    You can get as technical as you want with chemistry formulas, researching amp loads and futzing with multi-meters or you can just do as BT recommends;

    Personally I'd go with the "OR" option.

    Opinions vary.[tongue]
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  5. hank2222

    hank2222 Monkey+++

    Thanks for the info .i was thinking out loud and wondering something's about it .i got the unit from a guy in flagstaff he was broke down and needed money to get I give home the cash I had on me and he never came back for the it became part of the cabin power system set up .
    I regularly use a diesel gen set and know how it going to work but I was in a thinking about it as a back up to the bigger unit when the monsoon hits here
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  6. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

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