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Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?
I know this is an older thread, but I have some new information..
I recently replaced my 330 AH Gel cell bank with a single 165 AH Lead-Acid. Using a microwave before was simple and the 330 AH bank supported it with ease, even with the 120 amps coming out of the bank (as measured on the Victron battery monitor). Now, with the 165 AH bank, the inverter starts beeping about a low supply voltage. Starting the engine releive this condition, by the way, and picked up exactly half of the load; only 60 amps came out of the bank. I'll be picking up more batteries before the summer. Bottom line is that 300 AH bank is needed to support a microwave.
Note that the MW does not use any propane, so with enough solar power, it helps you cruise for longer. And using something like 1% of the bank per minute, doing a quick 5 minute heating results in losing only 5% of the house bank.
P.S. Microwave popcorn doesn't pop so well in lower-powered microwaves.
P.P.S. Microwaves are great for melting cheese on things, like nachos.
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Last edited by Bene505; 12-30-2013 at 06:37 PM.