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Unread 09-19-2013, 06:30 AM   #1
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Does anyone run an Ole Hickory CTO on an inverter and battery? The label on the cooker reads 1.5 amps which converts to 165 watts. I ran it for 5 hours on an inverter and my boat battery but have not gone longer than that and was hoping there may be an easier way or someone who does this routinely and can give me some pointers.
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Let's take a look at the math...

1.5 amps at 120V is 165 watts, but you need to be concerned about the draw on the battery. 165W at 13.8 volts is 12 amps. So, take a look at the amp-hour rating on your battery and that will give you an idea of how long it will last. A Group 27 deep cycle battery is typically 110AH capacity, but since the voltage drops as the battery is deleted the useable capacity is probably 80%, or 88AH, so at 12A draw you can probably go about 7 1/2 hours.

If you need longer, look at a small generator, or, if you have AC power available look at an invert-charger combo that has an auto transfer switch built in. The transfer switch will pass on the AC source when it in present, and the charger will maintain the battery charge. Then, if the AC source goes away the transfer switch will automatically switch to the battery and the inverter will supply power to the CTO.

BTW, is that 165W continuous, or is it the max? If it is the max spec you average amy be lower and you could run longer.
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Your numbers aren't exactly right, 1.5A at 120V is 180W. 180W at 13.8V is 13A. So at 88AH with a 13A draw you should get 6.8 hours. You could hook up 2 batteries in parallel and double your AH to 176AH which in turn should give you 13.5 hours. Just a thought.
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Your numbers aren't exactly right, 1.5A at 120V is 180W. 180W at 13.8V is 13A. So at 88AH with a 13A draw you should get 6.8 hours. You could hook up 2 batteries in parallel and double your AH to 176AH which in turn should give you 13.5 hours. Just a thought.
Yeah... You're right. It look like his original numbers were at 112V. I just used the 165W and went from there.
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There is no math in BBQ!!!!!
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That's kinda what I was just thinking. All I know is, if I ever need help with battery or generator power at a contest, I'm asking Ron_L.
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Thanks for the help. I was headed to a contest and found out that there was no electric available and no generators allowed. I looked into a power pack but the plug in lighter connections don't handle much amperage without heating up. All turned out well, I cooked the ribs in my driveway and shared with the neighbors.
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Usually the no generators rule is because people try to use construction generators, which are very noisy. A Honda or similar is so quiet that you don't know it is running when you are a few feet away.

Most of the power pack out there don't have the ability to charge and supply power at the same time, and don't provide much capacity. I've look at them all
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