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jimfin
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We have just bought a calorifier with a 1200w heater.
Our boat is a 12v boat with no inverter fitted.
Now thinking of getting an inverter for the calorifier.
What size / type should I consider.

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1200W from 12v is 100Amps without the inverter losses.
Leisure batteries should not be discharge below about 50% So you'd need 200Amp hour of battery just to keep the calorifer running for 1 hour. Probably more like 3 or 4 hundreds Amp hours for reliablity..  That's several batteries required.
Really I think unless you are prepared for the battery and connection costs, then it's mains hook up only..

Oh and as for inverter I'd probably go for 3 KW, because many are optimistically rated, and running one continuously near the limit, is likly to reduce it's life..



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Hi Jim If you only use it for heating a element then the Quasi /cheaper one will do. I wouldn't recommend heating the water from batteries but if only used when running engine it would be ok but water is normally heated from the engine via a coil in the tank/califoria with the immersion heater used only on shore power therefore no need for a inverta unless you have a micro oven or teli in which case a Pure Sine Wave one is preferable. John

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Thanks guys. I normaly heat the water when cruising, and have no problem. Just that the 1200W heater is fitted. Think I'll leave the heater alone!!!

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Hi Jim If you/do you? have mains on your mooring you can use the immersion heater and heat the water and in winter you my find that it can flow around engine and preheat your engine making starting better. John

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quote:"......
If you/do you? have mains on your mooring you can use the immersion heater and heat the water and in winter you my find that it can flow around engine and preheat your engine making starting better.
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how does this work? does the water naturally flow around the engine cooling loop due to the hot water rising and the cold sinking or is a small pump required?

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Adrian  Michelle

Beck  Braydon and Mere.

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Also get an “airing cupboard” effect from that spare heat in the drawers under the bed!!

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Hi Adrian Yes you CAN get a thermosyphon effect thats why many systems have a non flow valve to stop this happening when not required and to control the system better. John

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Get yourself a small generator.....it will heat your water in about 40 mins, and give peace of mind should you ever drain your batteries....I always carry one .
Kawasaki 1400 should do you .



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