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    Default Portable power for tent camping, What do you use?

    I wanted to post pictures of what I use. I also wanted other to share what they use to power devices at the campsite. For example, anyone use a quiet inverter generator?..Pictures....

    This is a 600 watt power pack. Which is really just a fancy 28ah battery with an inverter attached. I have replaced the battery once, after about 5 years. Note the crudely glued on 12v splitter...

    For camping I really don't use the inverter, all my electronics are 12v. I find this simpler. The black thing between the fans is a 26watt foldable solar panel. I have run a small cooler and an electric blanket in the past, but these are such energy hogs, they drain the battery in one day.

    This is battery is best used for fans, lights, cell phones, etc...this I can run forever with the panel charging during the day.
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    Default Re: Portable power for tent camping, What do you use?

    I use a Xantrex Power Supply, it's only to supplying power for the air-mattress & to power the IPod Speaker Dock. Usually the music is off most of the time just because the sounds of nature are more appealing than man-made music!







    http://www.xantrex.com

    TPlife has a home-made device but I'm not as clever as he is, wish I was through, heehee! Thanks Johnny for startin this thread, it's always good to see what other campateers do for quiet electrical power...when a generator won't do!
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    Tplife isn't clever, only a good copycat, seeing what RV'ers use and building upon that. I only switched to an Optima house battery out of total frustration with the Zantrex-type power supplies. They contain only tiny motorcycle batteries inside, you cannot discharge them below 50% without damaging their ability to be recharged. They are old-school lead acid starting batteries, not deep-cycle batteries, and that was the mistake I made in using them. Now I use them as designed, to start my car without jumper cables or as a portable compressor, etc. They are great for that but my voltmeter told me what they were not for - as a power supply in camp. I only have an inverter in my photos to have a way to power anything, I'd never use it as it draws 5-20W even when it has nothing plugged into it. That's the job of a converter. With the Optima I can run the 200W Kenwood stereo, LED programmable lightbars, LED lamps, charge phones, etc. all simultaneously all day and all night all weekend long with the 6 12V outlets and I've never dropped below 11.7V. I guess I could light cigarettes too, but now I only smoke when I get mad!

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    Default Re: Portable power for tent camping, What do you use?

    I swapped out the battery for a sealed lead acid, but you could put in an AGM. It is just not what you are supposed to do.

    My next iteration will be an Optima deep cylce like tplife did. Double the storage for about the same weight.

    Some of the honda inverter generators are very quiet. I would like to hear if others have experience with this.

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    Default Re: Portable power for tent camping, What do you use?

    That Honda generator would sure look nice under my Christmas tree! It's okay to dream...

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    Default Re: Portable power for tent camping, What do you use?

    Okay, I looked this up, Honda Inverter Generator,

    http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/p...elid=EU1000IKN
    Costs about $950 and it is a generator so it still has a low hum, but yet advertised to be super quiet.

    Has anyone in a tent campsite ever used one of these items and tried to take an afternoon nap while it is running? Is it too much noise for a tent camper? How much space is required from another campsite so the other tent camping family can't hear the hum? Presently, it is too much to spend just to try it out so comments are welcomed. In a trailer or RV one can isolate themselves from the hum by stepping inside their RV or trailer and shutting the door. In a tent there is no sound-proof, insulated walls or doors, your environment either consists of nylon, polyester or canvas material.
    • 1000 watts (8.3 A) of Honda inverter 120V AC power
    • Super quiet - 53 to 59 dB
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    Default Re: Portable power for tent camping, What do you use?

    I think that rig you have is awesome!!
    I guess if you wanted the ideal battery setup, you could pick the brain of someone who designs batteries for Duracell, Rayovac etc....Then you would learn all about duty cycle, depth of discharge, rate of charge, drain curves, recharging amperage etc etc........
    But yeah, TP......you seem to have a really good grip on what you are doing!!
    We'll be travelling soon!!

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    Default Re: Portable power for tent camping, What do you use?

    I have seen the super quiet generators while boat-camping. If you can place the generator far away at the end on an extension cord behind a big rock or tree, you would not know it is there during the day. If it is under heavy load or at night you can hear it.

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    I've had one of those hondas set up very close to my tent in the desert. I think during the day I could nap while the thing was running, I was shocked to realize it was on.
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    Default Re: Portable power for tent camping, What do you use?

    Is it difficult to swap out the batteries?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Test View Post
    I swapped out the battery for a sealed lead acid, but you could put in an AGM. It is just not what you are supposed to do.

    My next iteration will be an Optima deep cylce like tplife did. Double the storage for about the same weight.

    Some of the honda inverter generators are very quiet. I would like to hear if others have experience with this.

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