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post #11 of 18 Old 09-14-2011
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I am lucky because we sail on different seas. A generator running for hours for your ice cubes will surely disturb me.
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Re: Anybody Use A Portable Ice Maker?

I have one ice maker bought at Crazysales. You can take one anywhere that you have a 110 to 120V outlet. However, if you want to take them on a boat or similar, you can purchase an inexpensive power inverter. And it has a insulated storage bin and it keeps the ice cubes form melting too quickly. The capacity is big enough.

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Re: Anybody Use A Portable Ice Maker?

I bought one a few years ago and hated it. Since they are not refrigerated or well insulated, one must decant the ice immediately or it melts pretty quickly. Then constantly adding water to keep it going was also a hassle. You must be very careful not to allow any contaminants into either side or you have dirty ice.
I'm sure if one was on shore power it would be OK, but on a generator it was way more trouble than it was worth. If you could find a well insulated one that would keep the ice frozen then it might be a good tool. Otherwise, pass.
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I bought one a few years ago and hated it. Since they are not refrigerated or well insulated, one must decant the ice immediately or it melts pretty quickly. Then constantly adding water to keep it going was also a hassle. You must be very careful not to allow any contaminants into either side or you have dirty ice.
I'm sure if one was on shore power it would be OK, but on a generator it was way more trouble than it was worth. If you could find a well insulated one that would keep the ice frozen then it might be a good tool. Otherwise, pass.
I had this same experience. Also, it's pretty damn loud. I looked at our ice invoice at the end of last season and decided to try an ice maker. It's now sitting next to my home bar. I fire it up for Cocktail Fridays.
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I had this same experience. Also, it's pretty damn loud. I looked at our ice invoice at the end of last season and decided to try an ice maker. It's now sitting next to my home bar. I fire it up for Cocktail Fridays.
I had a similar experience to you and Capta. Too much generator run time for too little ice. So I took it off the boat. THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: LESSON LEARNED: WHAT DOES NOT WORK: ICE MAKER

But, I am now rethinking it's use now that I have an inverter connected to my 10 kw 48 volt Electric Propulsion battery bank. When at anchor or on the mooring my propulsion batteries are just sitting there being charged by solar and the wind turbine. Might as well have it make ice without using the generator. No need to fire up the generator and it will not be drawing down my 12 volt house bank.

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Re: Anybody Use A Portable Ice Maker?

I had and used one of the small countertop icemakers.
It was 'OK' but really didn't produce ice fast enough for my use, as it had to be run for long periods of time to 'get ahead' of the need for ice, and needed to be monitored and emptied/refilled regularly.

I found a larger unit....../Newair-AI-215SS-Stainless-Portable-Capacity/dp/B0086I5YAE/ref=sr_1_3?s=appliances&srs=2597281011&ie=UTF8&qid=1477430115&sr=1-3&keywords=newair

Plans are to work it hard for a day and bag ice to put in a freezer...off and on, and stay at least a day or a few days ahead of the need.
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Re: Anybody Use A Portable Ice Maker?

We have one of the small countertop units and love it! If we have the generator on or if we need to motor some we will use it to stock up. But we do have a freezer that will keep the ice when we are on the hook. We fill a gallon ziplock in about 2 hours.
Please be sure to clean it very well. We have some friends that got sick when they were out cruising and was told it was from bacteria found in water. After looking at there ice maker closely they feel it was the problem.
So we put some hydrogen peroxide in ours for the first batch or two if it has been sitting. This is much better for the unit and you then bleach and you don't taste it.
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