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    Default Energy Conservation -

    Being solar, I am careful with my household management.
    LED bulbs, careful turning off/on.
    the whole thing.

    We had visitors recently and I made coffee.
    For the first time ever, I made back to back pots... early in the morning before 'planta' time.

    BANG... battery bank shutdown ... !!
    I was furious .

    Then I got to thinking - the coffee machine and my water pump are my biggest power drains.

    The guests were leaving and up early so - coffee, toilet flushes, showers --- I killed one inverter (of two)

    Yesterday I ordered an old style percolator for my coffee.

    I expect it will make the same or better coffee and best of all - 'It will NOT touch my batteries.

    Why did it take me so long,???

    Those of you who are solar or who dislike the size of your electric bill -- take note.!!

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    What do you mean "killed inverter"? As in Fried?

    I think I've got a breaker that trips if I over-tax my inverter. Cause I do tend to screw up once in a while.

    But not with coffee makers. I drink "sun steeped iced coffee".

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    Was your coffee maker of an industrial size? Which sort were you using?

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    Just a 10-12 cup model --- regular household type.

    The combination of the coffee maker, toilets/showers using the pump must have overloaded the system .

    It just shut down to protect itself... came back with the generator.

    Never had a 'shut off' before - 9 yrs.

    Spooked me a bit.

    the resistance type things are power consumers....

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Just a 10-12 cup model --- regular household type.

    The combination of the coffee maker, toilets/showers using the pump must have overloaded the system .

    It just shut down to protect itself... came back with the generator.

    Never had a 'shut off' before - 9 yrs.

    Spooked me a bit.

    the resistance type things are power consumers....
    Add more batteries.

    But electical items that create heat should not be on an inverter unless the batteries are high capacity.
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    Good for the percolator coffee - that's the way it was done on the stove in the old days - unless you ordered an electric percolator.

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    ww - We use Café tier - or as I think you call it French Press Coffee makers, boil the water in a kettle on the gas stove and then pour it into the Café tier but is sound as if you have got the balance wrong on your set up - Gel Batteries and Solar panels if I remember correctly . For the invertor to shut down you either exceeded the load capability but then the breaker on the invertor would have popped or your batteries are not up to it ? Might need ot check that - remember even Gel Batteries only last about 10 years and you are getting close.

    Olly and the Team

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    Quote Originally Posted by chico bill View Post
    Good for the percolator coffee - that's the way it was done on the stove in the old days - unless you ordered an electric percolator.
    Stove? All you need are some stones, sticks, leaves and matches. Energy conservation at it's best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caonabo View Post
    Stove? All you need are some stones, sticks, leaves and matches. Energy conservation at it's best.
    Like this?



    And use a magnifying glass for solar staring the fire.

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    Black Coffee Please ( I supply the whiskey)


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