Hello. Hopefully I am now in the right place where someone can help me.
I have asked around several "hobby" forums about this and people don't have a clue or don't understand what I'm saying and get too technical. So I thought I know I'll find an electrical forum and ask an electriction directly.
I googled this and came accross the forum for "pro electritions" It pretty much said I need to be a pro to join and told me to come here instead... so I HOPE there is someone here that can help me.
Ok this is simple. I want something that will power the heating mats under my snake cages in a power outage. I DON'T WANT a generator that uses propane or gas because I'm afraid of starting a fire - and I'd forget to fill it etc etc.
At one time I rememeber someone using a battery with an AC plug to power their telescope at a dark site - so I went to an astronomy forum to ask this without any luck.
However I DID find this: http://www.walmart.com/ip/DieHard-71...Specifications
That LOOKS kinda like what I'm thinking of. It does have AC plugs on it so you can plug in ac devices. However I have no CLUE if it would really work the way I want to.
It says that : "Two AC outlets power up to 400 watts of household power for small electronic appliances/devices"
However the stuff after that I have no clue what they are talking about.
What I want is a device I can simply plug into the wall, charge, (perfer to leave plugged in without ill effects) then when/if the electric goes out - plug in a power strip with the various heat mats plugged into it (the strip.) I'd have about 100 watts worth. That's it. No buying another device to use with. No hardwireing (that scares me ok?)
I just need someone to tell me
a) would this work.
b) do the math to tell me how long this will power 100 watts. or how many watts it will power over a 24 hour period.
c) provide a simple condenced formula where I can take X watts plug it in the formula and find a result of Y hours - or vice versa.
Everytime I've looked up info on how to convert amp hours or amps to watts I get complex paragraphs of stuff that just goes over my head.
SO PLEASE avoide the long complex technical jargin. I just want a simple answer.
And if this won't work do you have any suggestions that would?
more expensive would be a solar geneartor... but I'd look into that if they would work the way I outlined above AND provide enough power to run stuff even if it's cloudy or snowing!
I Don't TRUST liquid fuel generators btw so please don't bother suggesting thouse.
Thank you for your time.
(and I hope I don't have a zillion people rolling their eyes at me now.)