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Old 06-02-2013, 09:21 PM   #16
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Getting a generator to run an air conditioner for $135
I doubt it !
You can get gennys to run an A/C,
But not in that price range.
It will run some fans.
Then you have to consider noise and fumes.
I really dont think the idea is practicule.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:39 PM   #17
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I never intended to run an air conditioner on it. I said that would tax the small generator too much. I just want to run my computer, a fan and a light on it. However, I think that the previous posts have discouraged that idea.
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If you're talking about the little 900 watt HF generator, forget it. I have one and while it got me through a 5 day blackout and it IS very quiet, there are some problems you'll have.

1. It stinks, literally. I had it about 30' from my house and I could still smell the exhaust. Remember, it's a 2 stroke. I couldn't imagine having it next to a door - with a cord passed through it.
2. While it can run my computer, tv, and lights just fine, my fans hate it. They don't run anywhere near their normal speed.
3. It's runs an electric heater at max load fine though.

For your inverter idea, you'll need a LOT of batteries to do this. Even a small 500 watt inverter will draw more than 50 amps at 12 volts.

Hope it helps.
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If you're talking about the little 900 watt HF generator, forget it. I have one and while it got me through a 5 day blackout and it IS very quiet, there are some problems you'll have.

1. It stinks, literally. I had it about 30' from my house and I could still smell the exhaust. Remember, it's a 2 stroke. I couldn't imagine having it next to a door - with a cord passed through it.
2. While it can run my computer, tv, and lights just fine, my fans hate it. They don't run anywhere near their normal speed.
3. It's runs an electric heater at max load fine though.

For your inverter idea, you'll need a LOT of batteries to do this. Even a small 500 watt inverter will draw more than 50 amps at 12 volts.

Hope it helps.
That definitely helps, because you are the only poster who hasn't focused totally on the generator. I do have some idea of the stink that you mention, because when I used one several year ago under similar circumstance, I enclosed it in a detached garage to contain the noise, and when it ran out of gas, I had to let it air out before I could go in.

The number of batteries needed for the inverter rules out that idea also.
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This may be true, but I do not want the hassle of getting the government involved.
Fine for you, it's your choice, but other residents who may be using oxygen, a ventilator, CPAP machine, or other equipment requiring power might have a different opinion. I see a train wreck set to happen here.
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I've been Googling this particular generator and so far what I've read and seen in videos hasn't been all that bad, despite the fact that it is made in China. I doubt that it would hold up as well as a better generator, but then it isn't designed for continous use. Even after the immediate need, it would still be nice to have just in case, and maybe to take along on a camping/fishing trip.
How can you go camping/fishing if you have a medical need for cooling?

I'm confused.

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How can you go camping/fishing if you have a medical need for cooling?

I'm confused.

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Years ago when the buildings I monitored facilities contract at had the contractor bring in temporary generators for the entire building.

When there was an emergency or the yearly switchgear maintenance was being performed.

Different switchgear to each part of the building was shut down while service was being performed.

It is the buildings owner to supply power to the building while the A/C needs to be repaired .
They don't want to spend a couple grand to supply a generator.
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This whole scenario seem a bit odd. I've only ever been in a handful of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities (maybe 7 or 8), but every one of them, just like hospitals, had their own built-in standby generator(s). In one case, when the standby unit failed to start, a bunch of ambulances showed up shortly and started relocating residents.
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I the utility is doing work on the outside transformer, the building management is replacing a load center for main distribution, yes power would have to be off for the period the worknis being done.

It could end up being only two hours, four, ten, two days, who knows but those doing the work. I you have medical needs and the building ownership has worked out the arrangements to place those in facilities with power, they should have it in their plan.

Now if it is anything like the City Housing Authority in my town, residents are left fending for themselves and the management only cares about city, state, federal monies paying their paychecks. They treat the residents of the highrises like a number, not a human.

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