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09-14-2011 04:01 AM
tomperanteau Always refreshing to see a comment that is negative, does not add anything to the subject, and attempts a back-handed insult.

I am glad that most of the people here add to the conversation as opposed to trying to hurt others. That's why I enjoy coming back here - for the nice people here.
09-14-2011 02:54 AM
celenoglu I am lucky because we sail on different seas. A generator running for hours for your ice cubes will surely disturb me.
09-14-2011 02:21 AM
tomperanteau
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Originally Posted by MacGyverRI View Post
After seeing a friends portable unit working, I bought one from EBay for $105 w/ shipping.

They cycle in 8-10 mins. after the 1st batch and 12 bullet shaped (3/4-1" or so dia.) cubes ea time. I'll use it w/ dock power mostly, but I also have a sm generator along w/ Solar and Wind w/ an inverter if out. It came in today and cycled 4 batches in 45-50 mins.


that 12 volt unit above only uses 4 amps but $ 985.00?? yikes
Might be better to buy the cheaper ice maker and use the additional money to buy extra solar panels, eh?
09-12-2011 12:11 AM
MacGyverRI After seeing a friends portable unit working, I bought one from EBay for $105 w/ shipping.

They cycle in 8-10 mins. after the 1st batch and 12 bullet shaped (3/4-1" or so dia.) cubes ea time. I'll use it w/ dock power mostly, but I also have a sm generator along w/ Solar and Wind w/ an inverter if out. It came in today and cycled 4 batches in 45-50 mins.


that 12 volt unit above only uses 4 amps but $ 985.00?? yikes
09-11-2011 11:36 PM
ctj1950 I've been thinking about getting one of these.
12 Volt Portable Ice Maker
09-11-2011 11:28 PM
joethecobbler Yes ! I've used one the last 3-4 years aboard. It works great. boaught mine onine from miniappliance dot com for 150 and power it w/ a gas generator , 1/2 hour and enough ice for the evening refreshmens for 2 , while simultaneously toppong off batteries while on the hook. If in a marina all the rage as your the most popular person during the cocktail hour ! I've also taken the portable generator ashore small islands , set up the screen tent, generator,lights ,tunes,icemaker,etc and had a great beach party.
doesn't take up alot of room,.
09-11-2011 10:05 PM
mitiempo If the gen is running for another reason why not? Its power draw is really only an issue if using an inverter and having to replenish the amps.
09-11-2011 10:03 PM
montenido Thanks for the feedback on the power draw. I was envisioning only using it for the 3-4 hours of generator time each day. I would certainly not leave it on longer than that unless plugged in to shore power. They claim to make ice in less than10-15 minutes.

Oh well, I knew if it was a good idea somebody here would have already told us about it.

Cheers, Bill
09-11-2011 09:22 PM
mitiempo 160 watts through an inverter is about 16 amps draw. 16 AH per hour of use.

384 AH per 24 hour day.
09-11-2011 08:18 PM
night0wl Seems like a good toy at the Marina, but 160 Watts are 120v AC plus ineficiency is 36 aH a day...lotsa juice for ice cubes!

I wonder if there is a more efficient model, as my planned solar array will really only output 80 aH a day...and that needs to power everything.

Would be interesting to have this on a dump load, hehehe
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