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How much can our Generators power?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by awoit, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Oct 12, 2009 at 8:02 PM
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    awoit

    awoit [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I only have a trolling motor for my fishing boat and my battery dies after one day.. can i plug in a battery charger into my truck utility and charge it up? dont know how much i can pull out of it :confused:
     
  2. Oct 12, 2009 at 8:05 PM
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    I wouldn't think that it would work unless you want to run your truck to keep your battery from dieing.
     
  3. Oct 12, 2009 at 8:36 PM
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    What do you meam by truck utility?
    I would just run jumper cables to the battery and idle you truck up to around 2500-3000 rpm for 5 -10 minutes, if your alternator is working good that should be more then enough time to charge the battery.

    Shawn
     
  4. Oct 12, 2009 at 10:42 PM
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    ^ Far better route provided you have cables.
     
  5. Oct 13, 2009 at 10:41 AM
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    awoit

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    I just meant from the outlet that i can plug stuff into in my truck bed, i do however have cables i just didnt know the battery would charge up that fast.. cool
     
  6. Oct 13, 2009 at 10:45 AM
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    The outlet only puts out 400w when the motor is running. What kind of battery are you using for the trolling motor?
     
  7. Oct 13, 2009 at 10:51 AM
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    You will be amaized as to how little you can run on that outlet. You need to look at your power adapter or on the item itself and find out how many wats it will pull.
     
  8. Oct 13, 2009 at 11:49 AM
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    You can do that with an automotive "starter" battery. But, that is a good way to ruin a deep cycle marine battery. You want to charge it at a rate no more that 20%, of the battery's Amp Hour rating. Any more and you risk overheating the battery, not to mention shortening it's life span. You need a "smart" charger that supports the bulk, acceptance, and float modes for a deep cycle battery or you risk overcharging that will result in the battery "gassing".
     
  9. Oct 13, 2009 at 2:10 PM
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    Alright, I have 2 batteries The advantage is usually used in my jet boat but since its winter i use it when i troll just as an extra. The other is the battery i usually start out with, it is a little old my dad gave it to me when he first gave me his old trolling motor.

    As you can see i have 2 battery chargers, they are both a little old as you can tell but they still work, one is a regular charger i believe w/e that means and the other is a trickler from my understanding just takes more time to charge.

    So now i need to know what the best option is for if i want to go camping but dont have an outlet where I am at...

    1) can i use either charger for either battery or is one better over the other?
    2)can both, one, or neither of these batteries be charged through jumper cables and charging it up with my truck
    3) can i plug either charger into my truck bed outlet to charge either batteries?
    Thx in advanced i just dont wana find anything out the hard way :D.

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  10. Oct 13, 2009 at 3:36 PM
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    There is a thread somewhere on here where a guy did try a charger and it didnt work.

    Maybe tigerfan? Not sure...Cant remember

    Only thing ive found useful for that outlet is a charger for my AA and AAA batteries for my gps or camera. Cell phone charger, little things like that. I think one guy ran a small toaster off of it. I've ran a lamp off of it when i was camping.

    When i bought my truck, the dealer told me i could run a small fridge off of it. he was full of shit too. maybe a can cooler.
     
  11. Oct 13, 2009 at 5:12 PM
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    Your truck bed outlet will not be able to charge these batteries.
    I agree with Fishshooter regarding the use of a "Smart" charger for deep cycle batteries, they are far superior, however he assumed that you have deep cycle batteries.
    From your photo at least one (if not both) of you batteries is a starting battery which would be fine to use jumper cables on. Again a charger is easier on the battery, but you don't have that option when camping.
    Even a deep cycle battery, if I was stuck camping for a week and needed to charge my dead deep cycle battery or else I was stuck, I woudn't hesitate to charge it using jumper cables. Is it ideal, no, but your also not doing it all the time.

    I spent 2 months traveling around Canada, and I used a deep cycle battery for power at night in my camper. Everday it was charged using my trucks alternator. 5 years later my dad is using it on his trolling motor without issue.

    Shawn
     
  12. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:00 PM
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    Yeah, both those batteries look like "starters." That is the reason you are not getting much out of your trolling motor. The one has an RC of 65. Even a cheap deep cycle will double that. You would be surprised at the difference in using a proper battery. That said, both those would be OK to charge from the alternator. You should be able to use the charger on the left with the plug in your truck, on either battery or even a deep cycle. Set at 2 amps you should be able to run the charger going down the road at the 100 watt setting. You can probably run the 20 amp setting while parked and idling with the inverter at 400 watts. Try it, worst that can happen is it will pop the inverter off if it overloads it. No biggie. I use a charger run on the truck's AC plug on my deep cycles all the time. It won't do a 50 or 75 amp jump, but the lower settings for charging work fine. Word of caution, watch where you let the truck idle while you are in the boonies. Don't park in the grass, bushes, etc. The cats get very hot and I've seen a fire started like that. Ruined the vehicle.
     
  13. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:06 PM
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    eeekk that's like 3.3 amps.
     
  14. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:32 PM
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    Yep, but the charger charges at the amp setting, it doesn't pull that many amps. When my charger pegs out at a 75 amp pull, it's only using about 9 amps to do it. The voltage is different, so the wattage is close to the same, it is not exact, as the charger uses some of it in operation.
     
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