Saturday, September 24, 2016

Opinions Wanted, Skill Set Needed

Today's RV project involved testing my 200 watt crock pot with the 300/700 peak inverter. Now, I do have a great propane stove and oven, which answers the cooking need when boondocking. However, please follow my female reasoning,
I thought, what if I could simmer a soup and simultaneously warm the living area during those chilly spells?

I mean, this thing does throw off some serious heat when its cooking.
In retrospect, that should have clued me in. The longer the cord on a device, I'm told, the more power you lose due to friction. Or something like that.
Bottom line, I gave up on the inverter ever working my crock pot. In order to get a soup for supper, I cheated and plugged it into shore power.
So, is my math wrong or my reasoning? Why can't you run a 200 watt crock pot with a 300/700 watt inverter?

Now, the pure sine inverter was desperately needed to protect my laptop, phone and T-V, so I guess the $38 bucks at was worth it. Tonight, I'm watching a movie to see how that goes.
Stay tuned. There is a 30 day guarantee with this purchase.


  1. Because although the crock pot only uses 200 watts, it uses it continuously and you don't have the battery power to keep it going. You would need a bank of 6 or 8 batteries just to cook one meal. Maybe more. Your computer will used up your battery stored power very quickly also. Not as quick as anything that produces the kind of heat you need to cook. But it will use it up because that monitor puts out a lot of heat also. I can run my lap top on one group 24 battery using my inverter for maybe 3 hours and the battery goes below 12 volts after that.

  2. And you're right, cooking via inverter is silly. Just use the propane or a campfire.
    I guess I'm glad I have a 7000 watt generator!
    I use my laptop at power saving mode. It can run for five hours on one charge. I'm thinking five hours per day on this laptop should suffice.
    thanks for your valuable input, Larry