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    I was looking for a 240V 15A / 3 phase generator to carry in the back of my Electric LandRover which would be required to pump out 3.3 kw for 6-8 hours , One that is quiet and also be able to lift it into the back on my LandRover unaided.

    That would be 100km for approx 6 litres of diesel . Even with all the efficiency losses seems more efficient than running the vehicle on diesel, that would be more like 12L/100k instead of 6L/100k. my head hurts again.

    I bought a Tandem trailer with my generator money instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavinwibrow View Post
    So, what would be ideal, is a reasonably priced, lightweight diesel pure sine wave able to run a caravan a/c ie about 4K watts startup/5KVA. Then I can have one fuel source for cars and genset.

    Then again, according to the pundits, aren't we supposed to be phasing out diesel, especially for urban? Not so much of a problem in the great outback, providing the fuel price doesn't go through the roof.
    Well there is a product that meets 1 out of your 3 wishes - you can buy a pure sinewave diesel 6KVA genset, but it aint light nor cheap...😁


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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxic_Avenger View Post
    If you have a 5000W genset, the kVa rating is the wattage multiplied by the power factor (the OP's example has power factor of 0.8)
    So 5000x0.8 = 4000 = 4kVa.
    Then on top of that, there is probably some limiting factor at which the generator can maintain that load, to give you a continuous rating.
    Tis other way around mate - 4000W is 5KVA - KW/PF.

    Also worth noting that most single phase loads are close to unity as far as PF goes. Exception would be the AC units in vans but these sit around 0.9 so for calculating most loads it's better just to use watts. If it says 3,600 watts continuous, I'd just assume that as far as what it can run.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toxic_Avenger View Post
    When you start talking larger welders and high amperage draw applications (air-arc gouging for example), you can't go past something like a Lincoln Air Vantage engine drive... good for simultaneous welding, generator and air compressor output. It's a workshop on wheels... but with a $65K price tag.
    Got several at work - awesome units. 👍


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    Quote Originally Posted by Homestar View Post
    Got several at work - awesome units. 👍
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