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  1. Daver1

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    Hi I am looking to buy a inverter for my van,I am unsure about the power coming out of some of these units,if I buy one that has two outlets ,ie two 3pin sockets and it says it has a combined out put of 2000w ,is that 1000 w each socket,if so if I have a 1800 w kettle can I connect the two sockets together via a single socket then plug the kettle to give me 2000 w I'm not sure about this thanks dave
     
  2. poor mystic

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    Hi :)
    the 2000W that is quoted is the total power consumed looking at both sockets together. So you could use your 1800W kettle on one socket, and there'd still be enough capacity to run a couple of lights besides, up to 200W in theory, on the other socket.
     
  3. Daver1

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    Thanks if it's 2000at both sockets 2000 each buy it says combined I'm stuck
     
  4. davenn

    davenn Moderator

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    no read what poor mystic said :)
    2000W total... so that total out of one OR the other socket.
    OR a combination of wattages out of each socket TOTALLING 2000 W

    Dave
     
  5. Daver1

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    Ok I'm not making my self clear
    2000combined means the power out of both sockets
    If that's the case can I join the two out let's together to get a total of 2000 w to boil a kettle thanks dave
     
  6. duke37

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    You get 2000W out of one socket and 0W out of the other
    or 1500W + 500W
    or 1000W +1000W
    etc
    It is dangerous to have two plugs wired in parallel, do not do it.

    But where are you getting this prodigious amount of power from?
     
  7. Daver1

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    A kettle or a elec water heater
     
  8. poor mystic

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    so I hope you have a nice cup of tea
     
  9. Daver1

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    I will if I can get the inverter to work
     
  10. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    A 12 volt kettle would be a cheaper proposition I think.

    GIYF
     
  11. duke37

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    I understood that the power would feed a kettle but I asked where you would get the power from. 2000W with an efficient inverter would need 200A or so from 12V. Have you got this amount of current available?
     
  12. poor mystic

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    What a reasonable question. If the answer is "I don't know" then the answer is "No". I think Steve had the answer with his advice to get on the google. His link goes to a google search for 12V kettle. There are some appliances there that won't run you out of battery.
     
  13. daddles

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    In the RV world, I've never heard of anyone heating their water with electricity away from mains power (the setup would be ridiculously expensive using an inverter). You can buy a simple little butane burner for less than $20 (see attached picture). Even though we have a nice propane stove in our RV, my wife has used these little stoves when it is hot out to cook a whole meal outside the RV.
     

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  14. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    I would like to point out that my parents (which are currently somewhere in our 3 million square mile back yard) have an extra-large sized inverter in their mobile home so that they can use their coffee machine :)

    And I certainly didn't make it.

    But yes, they use gas for most of their heating/cooking stuff.
     
  15. daddles

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    OK, Steve, ya got me <grabs chest and rolls over>. I'd qualify my statement to folks who go for extended periods and don't take a generator with them. And I'll weasel out of any further problems by saying "virtually all" RV users. :p
     
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