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Old 14-10-2016, 11:02   #31
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My wife LOVES her Vitamix and we took it on the boat for every vacation.
It's big, heavy etc, but great for smoothies.
Now you can get smaller versions, S30, S50, S55
I just purchased an S55 exclusively for the boat.
I am a BlendTec guy. But yes, it is big and heavy. I haven't actually used it on the boat yet, and not sure if I will bring it when we leave. At 1575 watts, it will turn your iPhone into a smoothie. But at 1575 watts, it will require powering up the Honda 2000, if it can even withstand the surge load. I'm thinking it might withstand the surge as the blender doesn't start off at full power. Starting a generator just to make a smoothie seems silly, but maybe not a big deal when I am already going to make water or to charge the batteries in the morning.
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Old 14-10-2016, 15:13   #32
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Re: 12v blender

Buy one which can start slowly and ramp up.
Every Vitamix I've seen will do that.
Our 1500 watt sine inverter has no problem at all with a 1650 watt hair dryer or the Vitamix, but then I also have a LiFePo4 battery bank and a bunch of solar.
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Re: 12v blender

I know you said no manual blender, but I have this little number that makes great salso and guacamole...

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Hey kindrepdx, cool item.Any manufacturer data on it?
Looks like worth having.

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Hey kindrepdx, cool item.Any manufacturer data on it?
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Re: 12v blender

How about a bicycle-powered blender?

I know there must be lots of clever folks on this forum who could figure out how to modify their on-board bicycles to use human energy to spin out smoothies and margaritas... just like this bicycle blender we saw in Palmer, Alaska this summer:
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Hey JK, many thanks.

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I know you said no to manual... but these actually work really well.

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Re: 12v blender

Hi Rebel Heart,

From personal experience go the inverter route. With a decent stick (immersion) blender with attachments on board you can knock up baby food plus all your foodie favourites, no problem. All stows very easily and, yes, you will use the inverter for other items. Our inverter was rated for the blender, laptop, hot knife and... errr... the hairdryer that never got used.

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I'd say you don't need a blender for baby food. If you can't mash it with a fork, you haven't cooked it enough for infants.
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Re: 12v blender

With great optimism, I wasted $60 for a 12v blender.
It was name brand but not a Waring as mentioned here.
I would say its abilities were less than half
that of a $20 Walmart 120v blender.

Basically the 12v version was not worth using.
The 120v appliances are much better and cheaper too.

If you have a big battery bank, get an inverter.
Or the Honda inverter generators are terrific.
Either of these will be useful in many other ways too.
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Re: 12v blender

One of these for $23 including shipping:
1200 W Car Truck Power Inverter DC 12v To AC 110v Charger Converter Sine Wave | eBay

It's a modified sine wave, but the blender motor won't care.

That with a $20 Walmart blender as previously posted, and you have a real blender for LESS than $60.

The size of a battery bank is not really a part of the discussion about whether or not to use a 12 volt vs 120 volt blender.
The work being done is basically the same minus a small efficiency loss in the inverter.
It's only a short duration use, so as to be inconsequential.
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