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Old March 11th, 2015, 10:55 PM
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A/C Power in the wilderness

Does anyone have any suggestions for some sort of tech that can give me the ability to plug in and run a basic A/C plug in the wilderness. Can be attached to a vehicle or not. Solar powered? Just has to work efficiently and well. Thanks!
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You are gong to need a bunch of solar to run one. Even a super efficient unit will deplete a battery bank pretty quickly. Have you though of running an efficient generator like a Honda or Yamaha?
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I think he is meaning 100 volt ac power
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Does anyone have any suggestions for some sort of tech that can give me the ability to plug in and run a basic A/C plug in the wilderness. Can be attached to a vehicle or not. Solar powered? Just has to work efficiently and well. Thanks!
12v converters are available everywhere including your local autozone type store.

http://www.amazon.com/BESTEK®-Invert.../dp/B007SLDDHQ
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I think he is meaning 100 volt ac power
I forgot to add an inverter to the required list.
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Old March 11th, 2015, 11:18 PM
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I think he is meaning 100 volt ac power
Yes exactly. Sorry that was a weird description on my part. Basically I need to be able to plug in and charge a bunch of photo equipment for multiple days on the road / woods.
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You get what you pay for with inverters, with the cheaper units not really being able to provide 'clean' AC power which can cause a lot of electronics to act funny. Xantrex makes some nice pure sine inverters that aren't insanely expensive. As others have mentioned, they're hungry so a good battery or two are a good idea.

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12v converters are available everywhere including your local autozone type store. http://www.amazon.com/BESTEK®-Invert.../dp/B007SLDDHQ
Yes! This is good. Thanks!

Thanks guys!
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I read A/C as air conditioning not A/C power. LOL!
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You get what you pay for with inverters, with the cheaper units not really being able to provide 'clean' AC power which can cause a lot of electronics to act funny. Xantrex makes some nice pure sine inverters that aren't insanely expensive. As others have mentioned, they're hungry so a good battery or two are a good idea. -Ash
Awesome! Thanks Ash I'll check out Xantrex

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Ah dang. So many good suggestions. Okay cool. I'll look them all up now. Thanks guys.
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I read A/C as air conditioning not A/C power. LOL!
I was thinking the same thing. I run my a/c all the time. Lol

But we had a guy run his battery down in Tikal, Guatemala with a refrigerator. I at least unplugged mine. But I think he had perishables where I just had water and film in the fridge.
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Three years ago I picked up three APC ups-backup units (350 model) to power our cabin. We run a 30"tv, vcr, led lights and charge cordless batteries.

The back-ups where free from the dump, as most people toss them when the battery dies. we are still on the first unit. These are clean power to boot and did I say they were FREE.
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Like Dave said Honda EU2000i. It's the workhorse in the photo world. Just about all the rental houses have them if you don't want to shell out the $$$. For just charging batteries, you could get by with the Honda EU1000i and an inverter for when your driving.

I would also bring as many extra batteries as you can for when you don't have time to charge. Oh and a couple of power strips that can accommodate all the odd size plugs.
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Does anyone have any suggestions for some sort of tech that can give me the ability to plug in and run a basic A/C plug in the wilderness. Can be attached to a vehicle or not. Solar powered? Just has to work efficiently and well. Thanks!
So you want to plug in a small air conditioning unit?
How large?
Window unit powered by AC?
It's hard to come up with any sort of specific answer to such a generic question that provides no real details of what you want to accomplish.
Once the what is presented, then the great and not so great minds can churn up the how portion of the solution(s).
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So you want to plug in a small air conditioning unit? How large? Window unit powered by AC? It's hard to come up with any sort of specific answer to such a generic question that provides no real details of what you want to accomplish. Once the what is presented, then the great and not so great minds can churn up the how portion of the solution(s).
Hey sorry guys. Yeah my description was terrible. Turns out I don't know my electricity terms. I'm looking to have a power source to charge camera equipment for extended periods of time in the wilderness. I have a few good ideas from last night.
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So you want to plug in a small air conditioning unit?
How large?
Window unit powered by AC?
It's hard to come up with any sort of specific answer to such a generic question that provides no real details of what you want to accomplish.
Once the what is presented, then the great and not so great minds can churn up the how portion of the solution(s).
I'm glad I'm not the only one who read it like that too.
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You should call it as it is,
AirCon= conditioned air
AC power=alternating current
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I'm looking to have a power source to charge camera equipment for extended periods of time in the wilderness. I have a few good ideas from last night.
Does your camera equipment plug into 120V AC on the grid home wall current or use some other type of power source?

I'm still not feeling the details flowing in...
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Does your camera equipment plug into 120V AC on the grid home wall current or use some other type of power source?

I'm still not feeling the details flowing in...
I'm guessing it's all camera, laptop and possible some portable strobe batteries… all are charged 120V & most can do 240V also.
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A good inverter, like Prosine, will do the trick. I'd highly suggest 2 batteries with isolation so you don't end up stranded with both dead. I own 2 EU2000i generators. Tied together they were able to run the aircon in a Coleman popup trailer.
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