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post #1 of 14 Old 07-24-2018, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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Power Inverter

My garage has no access to power so I was wondering if it was possible to connect a car battery to a power inverter, then plug a battery tender into the inverter?
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-24-2018, 02:59 AM
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Power Inverter

You certainly could, but you would lose some of the power to operate the monitoring circuit and then to heat during the conversion. It would work though, but not sure how long it would last.

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post #3 of 14 Old 07-24-2018, 03:11 AM
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First, tell us why your garage does not have power...Then we can offer a solution that may be better than the method you have proposed.

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post #4 of 14 Old 07-24-2018, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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@ptcaflyer - My apartment has no garage at all, so I rent one down the street and like I said it has no power connections of any kind.
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-24-2018, 03:31 AM
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Ok that's what I was looking for...Have you considered removing the battery from the bike and trickle charge at your Apt.?
Another way would be to place a solar cell battery charger on the garage roof IF it were secure enough so as to not get stolen...

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post #6 of 14 Old 07-24-2018, 09:55 PM
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Can you go solar ?

All my farm vehicles have little solar panels on the dash to keep things topped up between visits.

The batteries seem to love it, the batteries I use have been given to me because they have failed a load test, they seem to get stronger with time and years later they are still doing their job.

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post #7 of 14 Old 07-28-2018, 09:32 AM
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In the same boat. I cannot put a solar panel on the roof, co-op rules. So my solution is this: Three deep-cycle batteries, and a very good inverter. I have a van and a house battery setup in my van. Periodically I take one of the three batteries and put it in my van and recharge it there.
As for keeping the bike batteries in good shape, I do not use a Trickle Charger too much power loss going from DC>AC>DC. I just hook the bike battery to my battery bank. Those three monsters would take over a year to discharge.
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-28-2018, 11:47 AM
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I use one of these: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Portable-So...5.c10#viTabs_0 and have no reason to think that it does not do the job.

It even seems to produce some power when not in direct sunlight and can be plugged directly into your accessory socket.

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post #9 of 14 Old 07-28-2018, 01:09 PM
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Been off grid for the last 34 years, charging source has been solar, or the bus charging system, what i have learned over the decades, are deep cycle golf cart batteries are cheap and can get them everywhere, and have a handle, so it's easier to move, don't charge them inside the house, another thing is the inverters, most are modified sine wave, my cordless tool charger didn't like it, i lost 4 chargers before figuring that out, bought a true sine wave, and haven't blown one since. don't go below 50% in the battery to get max life out of them, charge them as soon as you can, once full, then trickle charge and watch the water level
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-28-2018, 02:23 PM
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This site should be helpful in calculating the battery size you need, and how long it'll last with the load you put on it. There's no reason it shouldn't work; guys with RV's power inverters off of batteries.

How to calculate battery run-time when design equipment using batteries; Battery Technical Resources for Design Engineers from PowerStream

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