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  • #63460
    jasminkargar
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    I live off grid on edge of a spanish village in the mountains.

    We have a 150 watt solar panel only and I do not wish to upgrade, in order to be able to run a washing machine.

    As I must anyway buy a generator to charge the battery in case of many days without sunshine, I would like to be able to use the generator for a washing machine also.

    I wonder if anyone can give me advice on what size generator I would need to run a washing machine? we will disconnect the heating element and use sun warmed water, or cold water, depending on time of day of course…however the local plumber here says I will need a 5000 watt generator to cope with the power surge.

    I find this to be a lot of wattage. I wonder if the newer AA++ washing machines use less power that the lesser rated ones ?

    How would I know before buying a machine how much power if will need to wash with all functions except the heating element ?, as the specs usually only tell you the total wattage used .

    If anyone can advise me on this matter I would be very grateful.

    thanks

    Jasmin

    #67947
    12vman
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    Check out these machines..

    https://www.staber.com/

    Less water and less power which saves money in the long run. Easy to repair too..

    #68000
    jackofalltrades
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    your plumber is right  to start the motor on the washing machine you need about 10x  the running power

    #68005
    beast
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    best thingto do with a washer is convert to another power source
    like a gas motor or ive even seen them run off a windmill
    your limit is your imagination
    think hard :)

    #68056
    Jay
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    How about using a portable washing machine

    https://www.amazon.co.uk

    or

    buy the generator and a basic washer that uses less power

    https://www.amazon.co.uk

    #68340
    hkalan
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    Hello,

    The easy and very quiet Honda EU2000 generator is great.

    It will supply 1,200W of a load very comfortably. and it is able to have 2 connected in parallel.

    Very popular, and the generator motor uses a fuel pump, so you can modify the fuel supply line to suck fuel from a larger portable tank if you need to run for long periods while under a load.

    Alan

     

    #68345
    hkalan
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    Hello,

    This may interest you !

     

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