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Old 12-11-2006
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Originally Posted by Giulietta
Labatt, piece of advise, DO NOT go cheap on the feamale.
Yep.. I'd love to say I just bought our new-to-us Passport 40 for my wife but she wouldn't believe me. We actually have one of those $150 blenders for our house and it's awesome! The wife always wants me to go cheap though - she says it's a turn on. I think she just wants me to spend less on boat stuff.
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Depends on the model. Many AC blenders draw a LOT of power, 11 amps or more @ 115VAC. You've also gotta figure in the loss through an inverter...about 10% or more.

The 12v blenders have much less powerful motors (11.5A @ 12volts = about 140 watts) vs. the AC models which sometimes have 2 or 3 HP motors drawing 10 times that power.

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one more caution

Depends on your inverter, too -- anything with a motor could be sensitive to cheaper "square wave" inverters -- we lost some pricey tools this way before we caught on.
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Giulietta, I have 3 inverters on my boat. One is 150w/220v 10 years old, one is 500w/220v six years old and one is 175w/120v bought in the USA six years ago. All of them are working fine and I am using them evry day, as I live on my boat and never go to Marinas. The 220v inverters I connected straight to the shore power system of my boat, so that I have 220v plugs in every cabin of the boat, the saloon lights and the galley. For the lights of the saloon I changed the 40w 220v bulbs with the ecotone Philips of 7w that give in theory the equivalent of 40w each. When I need to use my power tools or the vacuum cleaner on a low setting, I use the 500w/220v. Never burned any tools or computer with my square waves inverters, but I can not guarantee for the negative experiences of other cruisers. The 175w/120v I use it mainly for the computer and for charging aa batteries, as I bought at the same time when I was cruising the east coast. Occasionally I run the engine when I use the vacuum cleaner, or when I am cutting the wood with the jigsaw for my fireplace, but if I had had to u all the 12 volt adapter for cellphone, laptop and whateverelse, I would have spent a lot more and kept on the boat all that mess of cables. I understand that for some cruisers a few hundred dollars do not make a difference, but for me it does as we sail on a shoe string budget and it is ten years that it is going on.
The labels of he two small inveters are unknown as I simply bought them in big stores like Wall-mart for the 120v. The 500w inveter is a xantrex.
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