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Miniature Gasoline-Powered Generator
We are trailer sailors that like to stay out on the Colorado lakes for a few nights at a time in our H23.5. The single battery runs down and I'm thinking of getting a very small gasoline-powered generator to run a battery charger. Unfortunately the Suzuki 4-hp outboard only has a 40W coil so that wouldn't do it.
20 Amps into the battery for 2-3 hours a day should do it. 20A @ 12V = 240W; add say 20% for charger efficiency gets my need up to 290 Watts.
The least expensive generator I've found is the Generac ix800 for $350. Does anyone know of something about half this size (and hopefully, price)?
As a side note, it seems there was a 250W (350W peak) generator back in the 60s called the "Tiny Tiger." Wish they still made them. I see they come up on eBay once in a while but I need something that is trouble-free, not 40 years old.