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    Well guys,

    Went shopping and dropped into Checkers today.

    Then went to the baby clothes section and there it was!

    A generator or two. They have a 6.5 hp (2.5kW) one and a 13hp (5kW) one. The lesser with price 2,999 and the 13hp one for 3,999 Rand.

    I know that if you get less than 1000 Rand per kW it is a fair deal and with the 13hp model running 800 Rand per kW it was just unresistable, so onto the CC it went and then into the Triton. Last night our power tripped 5 times with them seeming to not be able to find the issue, this time they can do what they want and our house will leisurely go forth.

    Next time when the power goes out and the starts are brighter than before I will watch some DSTV. Imagine the power goes out while the bulls play, this time ha ha not my house.

    Jump guys this is really a great deal!

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    Hopefully you bought one with AVR.....

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    Avr?
    Auto Volt Regulator?

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    Yip...

    Can be an expensive exercise otherwise....(ask me)

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    What happened to you?

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    OK, so I am asking.
    How do I tell if mine has AVR?
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    Is buying a generator really worth it though?
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    Only if the Sharks or the Bokke are playing!!!
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    im no sparky but im sure you can fit a VR if it doesn't come with one especially if you have it positioned in one place with some type of permanent wiring that taps into your houses wiring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean Kotze View Post
    Is buying a generator really worth it though?
    Depends on where you live.

    If we have thunder in the air somewhere close, the power is out here in Krugersdorp for up to 2 hours.
    I have got one permanently connected to my house with auto switch.
    Believe me it works at least 3 times per week in the summer for at 2 hours every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean Kotze View Post
    Is buying a generator really worth it though?
    Jean in certain areas it CAN be a necesity.

    BUT the cost of PROPERLY and SAFELY connecting a generator to your house will cost a LOT more than the generator !!


    Running a P&P genny of a lead to blow up your plasma tv with its crude wave is one thing, connecting a generator to run your fridges automatically when Eksdom is off line is a whole different ball game.

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    Musina without a gen set?

    Our power has gone out for 2 days, before today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanJvV View Post
    Depends on where you live.
    Anywhere in Africa is a good place.

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    Yes, dont run your TV's and stuff off it without a AVR or UPS, but this is how I see it.

    We are forced to stop what we are doing and go to bed, jump in the shower cause the water will get cold etc etc. But with a Genny:

    Power goes out. You switch the genny on and finish what you were doing or prepare to go to bed or something. Nothing like sitting and all of a sudden the whole place is dark and now you have to go sleep.

    So I made the plunge. Will hook it up to certain lights, etc. So when the power goes we can still SEE. My boy was so scared the shadows thrown by the candles for the first time wasnt something he knows, he is 7 months.

    So all in all - You will spend 5-6k for a solution. It is NOT to save on your bill but to save your sanity.

    If I am in the bush I want a fire to light my way, when in my house I want a globe, finish and klaar.

    LOL best though was one day when the power went we took the kettle to the braai, I made a fire and me and SWAMBO drank coffee with condensed milk, but now with the youngster and the winter, not nice to have no lights, nappy changes etc etc.

    Genny FTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurard View Post
    What happened to you?
    We bought a 5kw one, non AVR, it was set to 60hz, we did not know it. Plugged it into our R25k UPS, started, big boooooom, no more UPS....

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    Personally I welcome the power failures, suddenly everything goes calm and simple. You light up a gas lamp and a torch. If its early you have a braai, if it late you sit outside, have a drink and appreciate the better view it gives you of the stars.

    To me power failures show us just how reliant we are on electricity.
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    We have recently re-vamped the kitchen and we decided to go with a gas stove, very glad i made that decision.
    One less thing where I have to rely on Eskom.
    Next thing will be to put some LED lighting in strategic spots around the house to run off battaries during a power failure.
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    So you sell one sticker and then you feel like going on a spending spree!

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    Whooo hoooo mine has AVR set to 50Hz, sjoe did a thourough inspection of it and saw a little AVR symbol on the box, checked the model numbers and then noticed the 50Hz.

    This is a cool genny it has phase 3 power too! So it has in total:

    3 x 230 Volt plugs 3 prong
    1 x 400 V Phase 3 power plaug, those round Server (IT) types
    1 x 12 V DC plug, can charge car batteries
    Huge tank good for 8 hours on full power
    Volt meter
    4 breakers
    individual switching
    etc etc. I am now happy I made the buy.

    Now where are the damn power cuts? My luck this will not happen again. But at least I have something now, a huge 82 kg though! Thank goodness for the wheels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by superduper View Post
    So you sell one sticker and then you feel like going on a spending spree!
    It was 3,999 Bucks. I had 3,949 and your 50 made this possible, thanks Bud!

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