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Old 02-03-2011, 11:48 PM   #1
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Any ideas on back up power or should I just buy a generator? This last snow storm made me think as I have never had to worry about power outages I have back up heat source but not enough to keep tank warm enough......
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:19 AM   #2
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I have been thinking about a generator also. I can't really think of an alternative, but if anyone has any ideas I am listening too.
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a generator is the best solution, because you can also run your fridge and space heaters/ac units on it.
we had a thread about this not too long ago...i can't seem to find it now, but there were a few options brought up.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:38 AM   #4
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I suppose you could use a large inverter like this http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d.html/r...2?a=B00063XMSI
You could probably run your fridge off it too. The down side is you would need either alot of big batteries or your car running.
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Yeah we've had a thread like this,I started it about UPS power supplies.Get a genny
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:54 PM   #6
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Yeah we've had a thread like this,I started it about UPS power supplies.Get a genny
I just read your thread, thanks. I believe you are right. I will be looking for a generator asap. Where I live there is a power outage almost every year.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:11 PM   #7
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Well, I'm going to buy a genny. I think it will be a Honda 3000is. But... I also think I'll buy a small inverter, a marine/deep cycle battery and use a cube relay to keep it off as long as there is 120v but in the event it's lost then the relay would alow the inverter to kick on. Just to run heater and one powerhead. This would save you if the power went out after you left for work I figure you could run 5-8 hrs on 185 amp reserve marine battery I you had 150-200 watt. Heater and 26 watt power head or sump..
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I'd love to have a generator. For now I only have battery backups for my powerhead. The depletion of oxygen in the water is typically the first concern with an outtage.
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yeah, i think i posted this on the other thread as well, but i purchased one of these for the gym tank-
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Does that come on when power goes out is it always on and stay on if power goes out. Do they make anything that would just kick on if power went out
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