Just a head count of my generators, not inc the two wind turbines and few solar panels.
1 x 6KVA Silent diesel generator
1 x Honda eu20i petrol generator
1 x Honda 650w petrol generator
1 x Robin 1.5 kw LPG/petrol generator
1 x Robin 2 kw petrol generator
I know the farmer has a few generators over the road and the engineer up the road also. That just one little Country street.
I'm a total newbie on this topic so please bear with me. I contacted a guy who specialises in taking people off-grid and I told him what I thought of getting and he was quite disparaging of my lack of knowledge. Hey! That's why he gets work from people like me - it's because we know next to nothing about going off grid.
I understand that the reason people have back-up generators is because the batteries get damaged if they are completely run down. Am I right here?
And also it keeps the lights going when the stored energy in the batteries is used up and your fridge (or gasp! even freezer) keeps going.
How about if I can get batteries which are not damaged should I run them down completely?
I was told to get nickel iron batteries. Apparently there are still some in use 70 years later. It seems they are very robust but they fell out of favour because they do not need to be replaced. When I told this installer about NiFe batteries, he was almost puking up and suggested that I was insulting his knowledge and experience. Well, maybe he did not say I'm insulting him but the emotion and thoughts were thus conveyed to me.
The problem with generators is, as hagrid point out, that they are only good so long as you have the fuel. LPG and diesel will run out if you are unable to get new supplies.
One question please - if I were to choose between LPG or diesel for a generator, which is better? What factors should I have to consider when deciding which to get?
There is another possibility that my off grid buddy and I are including in our planning. I know this is totally way out and not on anyone's radar here. Will such generators still work after an EMP attack? I know you'll think this is utterly crazy and total nonsense. However there have been some very strange power cuts recently in some cities in the USA and I think even Australia, and some are suggesting that the authorities are practising for an EMP attack. And there has been another indication that an EMP attack is on the cards though it's even far more woo woo, that i shall not waste your time and attention over that