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Bobbo

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Today, I installed my MicroAir EasyStart 364 into my Dometic Penguin II 13.5 btu air conditioner. Not too hard if you are handy. (I was hyperventilating the whole time on the roof as that is NOT my favorite thing.)

I plugged it into the 30 amp outlet I have in my garage, and did the 5 starts that MicroAir says to use. After finishing the fifth time, I started up my Honda EU2000i generator, and moved the shore cord from the 30 amp outlet to the Honda.

Low and behold, the A/C started and was cooling the Airstream wonderously! (Of course, I had nothing else running on 120v at the time except the converter/charger.)

The wife is now happy.


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Interesting, I have a small RV and opted to use an 8k window unit with the mighty little Honda. But having read about the Microair over the last couple years that is the route I would go if I needed a bigger AC.

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Do be aware that being able to start the ac at home when your battery is fully charged may not result the same in the boonies with a somewhat depleted battery. The converter will be trying to recharge that battery then and 2000 watts might not be enough.





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Posted: 09/24/21 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Honda eu2000i provides 2000 surge 1800 running watts.
I elected to go with Westinghouse IGen 2500 provides 2500 surge 2200 running watts. No need for the micro air easy start.

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naturist wrote:

Do be aware that being able to start the ac at home when your battery is fully charged may not result the same in the boonies with a somewhat depleted battery. The converter will be trying to recharge that battery then and 2000 watts might not be enough.

True, but the converter/charger is on a breaker that can be turned off. Or, wait the 4ish hours for the converter/charger to leave boost mode. I currently have 180 watts of solar on the roof. I am considering another 180 watts.

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Honda eu2000i provides 2000 surge 1800 running watts.
I elected to go with Westinghouse IGen 2500 provides 2500 surge 2200 running watts. No need for the micro air easy start.

It's worse than that. It is 2000 surge, but only 1600 running watts. The newer Honda EU2200i is the one with 1800 running watts.

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naturist wrote:

Do be aware that being able to start the ac at home when your battery is fully charged may not result the same in the boonies with a somewhat depleted battery. The converter will be trying to recharge that battery then and 2000 watts might not be enough.


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naturist wrote:

Do be aware that being able to start the ac at home when your battery is fully charged may not result the same in the boonies with a somewhat depleted battery. The converter will be trying to recharge that battery then and 2000 watts might not be enough.


Also at sea level it may work but get up 5-6k feet and the thin air will eat away at the available power...so you might have issues.

If you already have the 2000w generator, a soft start system is an option but if you need to buy a generator, makes far more sense to get a 3000w or larger generator, so you aren't reliant on everything going perfect.


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Wife may not be happy listening to the one Honda screaming to keep the A/c running.

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Honda screaming is quieter that micro"quiet" loafing along.


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bgum wrote:

Honda eu2000i provides 2000 surge 1800 running watts.
I elected to go with Westinghouse IGen 2500 provides 2500 surge 2200 running watts. No need for the micro air easy start.

On my former travel trailer, the same generator would not start a 15k AC even with the charger turned off. I installed the microair and no problem.

It will be interesting to see what will happen on my new 5th wheel!

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