As a newbie I hated, hated to run my generator! For the first month I couldn’t even figure out how come the generator wasn’t powering my outlets! So I chose not to run it thinking I wasn’t using that much power anyway! I mean I wasn’t using the fridge at the time, and I used battery operated lights so not to use the house batteries. The only thing using the house batterys were the propane and co2 detectors! I used the rv engine at the time to charge my phone and didn’t use the laptop unless I was somewhere to get power. No problem I thought.
Well I went thru two batteries the first year on the road! I figured out the generator but still hated to run it! I dispised everything about it ! The noise the smell the vibration! I also realized I had to start checking the battery voltage regularly to make sure battery stayed charged. I hated to have to remove the step eveytime I needed to check the batteries! Sometimes 2 or 3 times a day!
I hated all of this and knew one solution would be solar panels however I was not in the position to have a set up installed at that time. So as I replaced my battery the third time I found one solution for the battery. A 12v battery monitor like this INNOVA 3721 Battery and Charging System Monitor
this has totally saved my batteries life!! I plug it in in the 12v outlet by my bed and I can constantly see my battery charge!
It has trained me to not let my battery go below 12.6 since it shows orange when it hits that point. then I know I have to run the generator! I also broke down and purchased a 120 w solar suitcase which has been a major game changer for me! I dragged my feet on the solar as well because I didn’t want to again have to open the battery box everyday to hook it up! with the birds it was virtually impossible to have the door open and wires running. But as I am learning there is always a solution!! I had a port set up outside ,and wired directly to the battery. I did have to pay someone to do it but it was worth it! While I was paying I also had the cord of the panels removed and replaced with 25 foot 10 gauge wire so I can move the panels further if need to! on a full day of sun I may only have to run my generator once at the end of the day to recharge my electronics for the evening. the next step will be to get a back up portable power station like a jackery
to solve my electronics problems. Do you use a portable power station? whats your favorite and why?
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