Tip #13 leave the genny at home

“An inverter hooked up to a truck/van/car is often plenty of power for most/many people.  And yet every year many people lug out expensive, noisy generators meant to produce way more power than they actually need.

Inverters come in a range of sizes (150 Watt to 1000 Watt) and when hooked up to a vehicle make a great impromptu generator.  The vehicle will have to be run occasionally to charge the battery but it will be much quieter and produce way fewer emissions than conventional generators.   Just don’t run out of gas on playa!

Unless they’re running a large sound system or some other power hungry project most camps don’t need a generator. Modern automotive alternators are designed to produce 100+ amps of DC current which is more than enough to power a 400 Watt inverter.

Just a thought.

DC Chris”

About the author: Tom Price

Tom Price is the former Executive Director of Black Rock Solar. Prior to that he was the Environmental Manager for Burning Man during the Green Man theme, and was in the Gulf Coast for six months during the genesis of Burners Without Borders. He's been attending Burning Man since 1997, and he's proud to say that his decade plus streak of breaking down from sun stroke on the playa on day three remains intact.

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