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I've heard about using a car alternator with a small lawnmower type engine. That way you don't have to use a battery charger to get dc.
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The portable Generators, like the Honda 1000 are inexpensive enough that you really shouldn't bother futzing with a kludge like that.
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I have a Honda 2000 that I was thinking about plugging shorepower into to keep batteries up since I run the engine a little as possible. I keep the boat on a mooring and mostly anchor when travelling and have 2 house X110ah ea with Freedom charger/inverter and Link remote panel that can limit draw in the Honda.
The Honda 2000 has a floating neutral and I read somewhere that this situation is a problem on boats if you plug in shorepower. I can't remember if it was 110v danger or corrosion risks.
Need to do some research I guess unless anyone here knows what that's all about???

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Should work just fine, since many people do just that with the little Honda generators.
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The guy anchored next to me had his Mastervolt genset pulled for repair. He bought a Honda to keep his fridge, chargers.etc runningtwo weeks ago - it was alot cheaper than putting in to a marina while his Mastervolt is repaired. It is a little noisy, however.
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We use a Honda 1000 generator plugged into our shorepower outlet feeding our ProSine inverter/charger. Works great. The Honda pumps in 32 amps, continuously for at least three hours (the longest we've tried). Our 120 amp charger lets me limit the amps it pulls from the generator by configuring a 'breaker size' on the setup panel -- not sure how effective this setup would be without that ability, as if the 'breaker size' is set too high, the Honda pops its circuit breaker.

Note that our Honda has DC output at 8 amps, which works fine, but why settle for 8 when you can get 32 via AC output and a charger? Not sure why Honda restricts it to 8 amps, when clearly more power is available.
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