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Posted: 15.04.2019  ·  #1
What size genny do I need to drive a 700watt microwave oven ??????

Any one got one they want to sell or any one know where they are good value ??????


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Posted: 15.04.2019  ·  #2
you will need an inverter type like the honda ones and probably a 2kw one as the startup on the microwave will be 2-3times the power rating


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Posted: 15.04.2019  ·  #3
https://elliotts.co.uk/silent-…30300.html

This is the one you'll need but there's no such thing as a silent generator so think where you'll be wanting to use it I've seen more falling outs over generators than any thing else


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2500 watt quality Inverter. Start your engine when using it, switch engine off again when not.


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I have been himming and hawing over a Honda generator for the camper, just as a backup, but very hard to justify the cost, for how often you would use it. Both comments above are spot on. People won’t be happy if you run a generator beside them, a large inverter would be a good option. I have a 1500 watt one does hair dryer and toaster, don’t have a microwave, as has been stated above needs quite a high starting current


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Posted: 15.04.2019  ·  #6
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2500 watt quality Inverter. Start your engine when using it, switch engine off again when not.


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Must say Id never thought of an inverter, what kind of batteries would you need for that kind of inverter ??
It makes perfect sense to run the engine for the few mins the micro would be on, cheers Ally

Any good leads on a 2500watt quality inverter then ????


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I like my Dometic/Waeco inverter. Just make sure it's good quality, either wire it to your engine batteries or leisure. Run for 30 seconds, switch on inverter - use microwave, switch off Microwave - leave engine running for another 60 seconds, then switch of engine, it works for us :)


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Bit of a touchy subject generators. I have a Traveller 2500 built in with a 15 litre petrol tank. It has really only been used for drying the missus hair. I have had built in ones for over 20 years and only been approached twice. Once for the noise in the afternoon while charging the batteries and once with a gas Onan one for the smell it produced when used.


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A 700 Watt microwave, running for 5 minutes on full power would consume about 5Ah of your battery capacity. Easily recovered with solar power, or as Ally said, run your engine when using the inverter and you won’t even see the battery capacity go down.


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Had a Honda i20, probably used it twice...... sold it September last year.
Another vote for inverter, solar and run engine if required.


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Looks more and more like the 2500 watt inverter is the way to go, the Dometic/Waeco seem to be quite expensive any other brands worth a look at, and before you say it "you get what you pay for" any leads would be much appreciated


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Looks more and more like the 2500 watt inverter is the way to go, the Dometic/Waeco seem to be quite expensive any other brands worth a look at, and before you say it "you get what you pay for" any leads would be much appreciated


My waeco is my 300 watt inverter, used for laptops, phones etc, my 2500 watt inverter is off Ebay and was £100, not pure sine wave but does hairdryers, straighteners and microwave. Have only used the microwave twice, don't have one now.

I don't know enough to say whether a microwave could be destroyed by a non pure sinewave.


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Posted: 16.04.2019  ·  #13
Cheers Ally

That's exactly what I'm looking at , a cheap ebay job after all its only going to be used for a few mins at a time and not very often.

Many thanks for the pointer


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