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Old 18-05-2009, 11:27   #31
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The idea that they are inverter units brings a question to mind. What kind of DC power are they generating, and if useful, could the inverter be "Disabled" to allow use of this DC power directly?

Just curious...

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They do not supply dc power except for battery charging, and its not much. Better to plug in the AC power to your shore power and allow your main charger to do the work.
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This also depends on the AC unit. Some require a lot more start-up current than others.
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The idea that they are inverter units brings a question to mind. What kind of DC power are they generating, and if useful, could the inverter be "Disabled" to allow use of this DC power directly?
Just curious...
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From post #10:

The Honda "EU" Generator(s) uses an alternator to produce high voltage multi-phase AC power. The AC power is then converted to DC. Finally the DC power is converted back to AC by the inverter. The engine is free to run at any speed, as required by the load demand. Conventional gen sets must run at 3600 RPM to produce 60 Hz output.
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Old 19-05-2009, 06:25   #36
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On a side note, been looking at the Yamaha's as well. They look good too.
The 2400 has more watts, for the same price as the honda 2000.
Anyone has experience with this generator ?
I have two of the Honda 2K's and one of the Yamaha 2400's. One of the 2K's will start and run my Ocean Breeze 20K BTU air conditioner; barely. Two Hondas together run it and the charger and microwave no problem. The one Yamaha will run the AC no problem with the charger or the microwave and the charger but struggles with all three.

Gord is right about two 60dB engines add up to 63dB sound but this sound is from two variable engines. They most likely won't be running at the same speed so will produce harmonics and increase the annoyance factor.

I have been looking into rigging the single Yamaha (about 70lbs) semi-permanately into the boat. I have an unused space under the aft cockpit step on my PDQ32. I would have to remove the generator from it's housing and rig ventilation across the two existing engine pods to remove the exhaust and provide ventilation. One thing I noticed when looking into this (and anybody using a sound box may want to consider this as well) the carb aspiration air flow is the same as the ventilation airflow. The generator itself may not be spark arrested (IE "marine use" rated) and if fuel vapors get near the brushes bad things could happen.

As far as just setting the generator on the stern of the boat to prevent exhaust from coming inside; always use a carbon monoxide detector also. Our old boat, a MacGregor 26x, we had the hatch type AC and we were running the generator on the stern near the transom for the night. In the middle of the night the CO detector woke us up. Through my severe headache I realized that the current and wind were contradicting causing the exhaust to flow right by the closed companionway and into the cabin. Be Careful!!
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Amytom thanks for that.
I would defiantly install a co2 detector prior to running a gasoline engine aboard. Safety is my main priority.

So between the honda and the yamaha, which do you prefer?
Which one seems better built? How about fuel efficiency?
For price alone, the yamaha seems to edge out the honda when comparing watts to dollars.
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The Honda's have a DC direct tap. But, if memory serves it is something like 6 amps at 13.2 volts. No where near the rated AC capacity.
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I have a a Kohler 6.5 kw gas genset that came with the boat when I bought it 12 years ago. It's overkill for my needs, but was great when it was running. For 12 years there's always been something wrong. I've learned how to keep it running, but if it's not one thing, it's another. I finally decided to pull it out, and get a Honda 2000i. I have cold plate refrig, and battery charging to do. If it starts & runs the A/C, that's a plus. The refrig. plates usually require 30 min. to freeze, and last 24+ hours. I won't know until next week if this is going to work like I hope, but if it does, I'll be happier than a pig in sh--t. 12 years of aggravation, gone.

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Marc I am interested in knowing how it went.
If you haven't got the honda yet, take a good look at the yamaha gensets.
Yamaha Generators EF2400iS - Premium Inverter Generators -
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Yamaha Generators EF3000iSEB - Premium Inverter Generators -
Just as quiet, and efficent. slightly higher power rating. I don't have either as yet but am leaning towards the yamaha.
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If you go with the Honda you wont be disappointed. I've been using them for years and the only problem I have had is the starter rope broke. This was after some 10 years of use. Bit of a pain to fix as you have to pull just about everything apart. Takes about an hour. Other than that the Honda has been trouble free.

There is a great forum website down here that deals with all things camping. Much the same as this site for boating. Search for generators and read the reviews. These people normally give their generators a pretty hard life in the bush so if they give the thumbs up on a unit then that can be taken as a pretty good recommendation. Just about everyone recommends the Honda's.

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Yamaha generators don't appear to be a big seller in Oz but if they are anything like their motorcycles they should be fine. i.e. if it's made in Japan you should be alright. If it's made in China watch out. These are infiltrating this country and they are disposable items. You get what you pay for.
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I did consider the Yamaha 2400, but it's a little bit too big to fit in any of my lockers, and at 70lb. a bit heavy for me to handle alone. Very nice unit though.

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The idea that they are inverter units brings a question to mind. What kind of DC power are they generating, and if useful, could the inverter be "Disabled" to allow use of this DC power directly?

Just curious...

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Hi Chris,

I've got the 1000W Kipor (honda copy). I've had the unit apart and had a good look at the electronics inside. From what I can work out, the multiphase AC (and hence the rectified DC) is generated at quite a high voltage. I'm guessing in the hundreds of volts? (anyone know exactly?) I think this becasue the wiring inside the unit is of very thin gauge. If it was anything near 12V it would require very sizable wiring.

Because of this, I doubt you could make use of this by tapping into the "intermediate" DC i.e. the AC(multiphase) ---> DC ----> AC @ 230V 50Hz /110V @ 60Hz (delete as aplicable) process for 12V battery charging.
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