Flat battery

Submitted: Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 12:16
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In the event of a flat battery, am I able to use my 1kva generator to start the vehicle. The generator is a Honda EU10i and has DC output of 8 amps. I would like to know if I can use the generator to help start the vehicle without the need to charge the battery first.
Thanks to anyone who can help.
I hope to never have to do this, but it is good to know if you can in case of emergency.
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Reply By: hoyks - Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 12:31

Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 12:31
8 amps are not a lot. I would leave it to charge for a while.

My starter motor is rated to draw 160 amps and a reasonable battery will put out around 600 amps when starting, so 8 amps is a drop in the bucket.

This is why the Poms always have a cup of tea in a crisis. It gives you something to do while you wait. :-)
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Follow Up By: Nigel (WA) - Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 13:19

Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 13:19
Hi all

Hoyks you forget one thing, that is pommy convicts are the ones established austraila.

So if you grand parents are from england that means you must come from some foreign back round.

Can you please think about what you next time

Thank you
4x4 is my heart, pain and pleasure, but most of all just a dream for the meantime.
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Follow Up By: hoyks - Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 13:24

Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 13:24
I'm German, It is easier to make tea out bush than sausages though.
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Follow Up By: Member - Neil & Lynne(Bunbury) - Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 15:24

Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 15:24
Don't worry about it Hoyks .. my mother was English and my father was German and I haven't taken the slightest bit of offence to it at all.

LynneLife's too short to say .. "I can't do that !"
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Reply By: Tim - Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 12:50

Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 12:50
I would have to say no also, all the electronics (SCRs/Diodes and even the zener dioes) would not handle the current even if it is for a short time period.
Tim
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Reply By: Member - Neil & Lynne(Bunbury) - Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 13:05

Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 13:05
Do not - under any circumstances attempt to start the vehicle like this. At the very least you will burn out the leads, worst case you will destroy the charger, depending on fusing.
As stated above, charge the battery with the Honda, have a cuppa or more likely lunch & visit friends too cos it will take probably a few hours charging at this rate to get sufficient charge into the battery. Disconnect the leads before trying to start.

Life's too short to say .. "I can't do that !"
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Reply By: chrisfrd - Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 17:14

Monday, Oct 27, 2003 at 17:14
OK guys..

I've DONE this. Well, I've Disconnected my truck starting battery and connected it to the Honda 13V circuit. I left it for 20 minutes and the truck started satisfactorily. Don't do this if the battery is sus, or reading below 9V, the generator blows fuses then!
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Reply By: zigglemeister - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 08:49

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 08:49
Hi all, I've done this too, using a Honda EM1000F 4-stroke generator. I stuck it on charge for about 20 mins and then tried to start, no go. Put it back on for another 20 mins to half hour and tried with the genny still connected and running, and it started. Don't seem to have damaged the genny, but from what Neil & Lynne say above maybe I was really dumb??? BTW, vehicle was a 4Runner 2.8 litre diesel.

Tim Z
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Reply By: Mick - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 09:50

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 09:50
Our outback battery chargers can jump start a large 6cyl diesel in about 1 minute, or can fully recharge the cranking battery in about 1 hour.
Quite handy if your alternator claps out in a remote area, - or if your winching out of a big bog and stall the engine.
This happened to a customer of ours in the middle of the jardine river recently (he was not supposed to be there), he lost the brand new patrol, he later invested in one of our chargers which would have saved him..
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Follow Up By: bruce - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 10:15

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 10:15
O.K. Mick...what is the cost..where can it be purchased from..what are the technical details...etc , etc ?...just curious cheers
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Follow Up By: Mick - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 11:40

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 11:40
We have dealers Australia wide, or you can buy direct.
Shops retail should be around $990inc gst for the 55amp model or $1250 for the 8oamp model.
The honda eng. and Bosch alternator has a 2 year world wide warranty, all other parts are 12 months unconditional.
You can call us at Christie Eng on 02 9620 1208, where we can solve any battery or charging problem straight away.
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