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Old 10-02-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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We bought a Honda generator to run just lights and such (not AC). We have everything turned off and unplugged. When we flip the circuit breaker for the outlets-you can hear the generator work harder. Any idea what is pulling power? The micro is on its own switch. So is the water heater. The refrigerator was on gas.
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:22 PM   #2
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You didn't say how big the generator was, but your draw is probably the inventor, if the batteries are low the harder the inventor will draw amps
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:24 PM   #3
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Meant to say inverter.
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My eu2000 runs tv and battery charger on idle. Micrwave or coffee pot will put in on hi
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Old 10-03-2014, 03:09 AM   #5
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Meant to say inverter.
I think you meant to say converter :-)
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Yep you are correct.
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You didn't say how big the generator was, but your draw is probably the inventor, if the batteries are low the harder the inventor will draw amps
No problem. When I read your post I got the jist of it. Thank God I have a spell checker or you guys would be correcting my posts all day!!
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Do you have the refrigerator set to gas only or on auto? Converter will use a lot of power if the batteries are low. There are several devices that can add additional load when the outlets are powered. Does the generator really load up and work hard or is it just a little change in effort/sound?
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It is just a change in sound. My hubby went through the the fuse box-flipping things off and on-when he did the one for outlets there is a distinct change in the sound of the generator. So that is what we decided was draining the battery. Then just to add to the madness, we had the camper plugged up at home (just a regular outside outlet not 30Amp), when we got our electric bill it was much higher than we anticipated since we had closed our pool and had not been running the home AC. We had the camper regrigerator on gas and everything off. Does this still sound like the converter? So here is a dumb question-what is the converter and where might I locate it? Is this something that we can unplug?
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Battery charger (ie; converter)?

Hot water heater?
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When I 1st start my Honda 2000 up it tends to run like it's got some extra draw on it. After 30 mins or so it seems to settle down to a smooth low idle. I attribute it to the converter working overtime to charge the batteries. Once the batteries are charged up a bit then the converter doesn't cycle up and down as often and goes into trickle mode. I never run anything else like the fridge or WH when the gens going. Wife does use the hairdryer and that kicks the gen into full throttle.
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First, did you have the refrigerator set to gas or on auto? It will default to electric when on auto. The converter changes 120v to 12-14 DC. It is used to charge the batteries. It is used only when 120v AC is available. There are several parasitic loads such as smoke detectors, LP detectors, CO2 detectors. Additionally the radio and television are not really off until they are unplugged. If the electric element was on the water heater, you would know it immediately as the generator would load up instantly. Anything that is plugged in and has a clock is a parasitic load.

The converter is placed just about anywhere there is room but often near the main breaker/fuse panel.

Finally, any kind of device with a remote control is a parasitic load as it has to how power to recognize the commands from the remote.
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