With the wild weather smashing pretty much the whole of Australia at the moment, it’s the right time to think about what would happen should you lose power for an extended period of time. Just about the whole of Victoria is on fire, New South Wales and North Queensland are nearly ready to float off the mainland, and WA keeps dancing with one of the angriest cyclones on record.
The first thing to go in any natural disaster, is the power. Imagine this, you’ve just gone and done the weekly shop, and put $500 worth of groceries in the fridge, power goes out, and you save what you can by throwing it in the 50L fridge you’ve got in the 4X4, but what about the rest?
Two lots of spoiled shopping, and you’ve just about paid for the generator that would have saved the day. Plus you’ve not got to worry about trying to get new food out of a shop that’s closed until the power is restored. Yamaha have some of the best little (and big) portable inverter generators on the market and for the cost of two lots of spoiled food, you’ll be making an investment that will save that happening again.
The first thing you’ll need to look at, is which generator. They range from 1kVA models all the way up to a whopping 6.3kW model. Choosing the right genie takes a bit of maths; you’ll need to work out what you want to run off it, then add up what the equipment requires to run.
For example, if you want to run two fridges, the bar fridge, the TV, kids Xbox and the dishwasher, chances are a 1kVA model just isn’t going to cut it. That said – if you can fit a bit of beer in the food fridge and run just the one fridge and still be able to take it camping and use it for the air-con in the caravan, plus as a bit of cheap insurance against power outs, a 1kVA genie will usually do perfectly (unless you’ve got a massive air-con unit in your van that needs more than 1kVA?).
Above all else, make sure you get yourself a quality generator; last thing you want when the power dies, is the genie deciding it’s given up the ghost at the same time. These things are an investment, so make sure you do your homework!
Have you already got your power covered? What size genie did you get? Tell us in the comments below!