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mitch5252

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Posted: 02/08/12 03:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Battery is dead on my Sienna van. I would like to charge it with my new Honda eu1000i.

I have the "charging wires" that plug into the generator.

Do I start the generator first and then hook up to the battery, or hook up to the battery and then start the generator?

How long should I leave it running?

thanks for your help.

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Start the generator first, so it can come up to speed and be able to take load, then hook up the wires.

I'd say that this is probably one of the worst ways to charge a battery, since the 12 volts won't help much, but it is better than nothing. After you get your van going, I recommend buying a "real" charger to have on hand, that can do decent amperage.

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The battery charge capability of that generator is about 1 amp. So that means you will have to let it run for about 18 hours to recharge the battery. I suggest you go out and buy a regular battery charger. Would be much faster and simpler.


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mlts22 wrote:

Start the generator first, so it can come up to speed and be able to take load, then hook up the wires.

I'd say that this is probably one of the worst ways to charge a battery, since the 12 volts won't help much, but it is better than nothing. After you get your van going, I recommend buying a "real" charger to have on hand, that can do decent amperage.


I have a real charger. I just wanted to run the generator. I'll go use the real charger.

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I prefer to have any generator up and running before hitting it with a load.

If the 12 vdc output it only about 8 amps it could take many hours to get it fully charged but my guess you only want to be able to ge the car started and not to fully charge the battery?

If you have a conventional 12 volt battery charge will may charge faster depending on the charger.

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mitch5252 wrote:

mlts22 wrote:

Start the generator first, so it can come up to speed and be able to take load, then hook up the wires.

I'd say that this is probably one of the worst ways to charge a battery, since the 12 volts won't help much, but it is better than nothing. After you get your van going, I recommend buying a "real" charger to have on hand, that can do decent amperage.


I have a real charger. I just wanted to run the generator. I'll go use the real charger.

Thanks.


Actually that is a good way to get some hours on the Honda and do something useful.

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Start the Generator up and plug the Battery charger into the 110 outlet on the generator, then hook the battery charger up to your battery red wire on plus post and black wire on the Negative post or Ground, have no ideal how long, I have a large size charger and it takes a hour, the smaller ones may take several hours,


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owners manual states run genny for a minute or until it gets warmed up so it can handle a load then plug in appliance.

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OP here...

I bought the generator to charge the trailer battery while dry camping in Canada and Alaska this summer. Hopefully, that wasn't a (an expensive) mistake?

Now here's a dumb question for you - I shouldn't run the "real" battery charger with the generator to charge the trailer battery, right?

Sigh.

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That generator will power a battery charger up to its (generator) design output rating.

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