Originally Posted by coldwetandsalty
Does anyone have experience with portable dive compressors?
The compressor is 280 Watts and draws 20 amps. It came with thick heavy duty copper power cables
with crocodile clips to be attached to a battery. We were hoping to fit a power plug and run the compressor through the boats electrical system
. A boatyard technician suggested that this was a really bad idea that would cause an explosion and kill people.
The compressor we have is Italian and the agents seem unable to produce English
searches for instructions have been fruitless.
Any advice would be hugely appreciated.
Sorry, but something is wrong here: if the unit is 230 volts and draws 280 watts, the amperage consumption
would be somewhere around .8 amps (watts divided by volts equals amps). Obviously, if the unit is 12 volts, the same formula applies and the amperage consumption
would be 23 amps per hour. It is critical that you determine what voltage the unit was built for. My guess is that if the compressor has heavy cables on it, it was built for 12 volts.
As an anecdote, we have a 12-volt compressor permanently mounted on our boat and the supply air comes out of an ordinary hose bib on the side of the cockpit
coaming. When we need to do work on the hull
, attaching the hooka hose just takes a second.
Fair winds and calm seas.