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Old 07-05-2020, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default Keeping stuff cold...or hot

We have, over the years, come to rely on boat fridges. Technology is becoming much more sophisticated and reliable. And that's a good thing. Although an engine driven Tecomseh compressor and brine tanks still, oddly enough, hold an appeal for me.

I use Yeti cups, which keep liquids hot, or cold, for an enormous time. Indeed, Walmart has an excellent, much cheaper, alternative called Ozark Trail. They'll keep your coffee hot for hours.

Generators have also developed. Whether you want a smaller unit such as a Honda 2000, or a squillion dollar Onan or Northern Lights, most cruising boats now have gennys.

I have just become aware of a new one, by Goal Zero. It's a solar charged generator and it gets excellent reviews. However, I am a little unsure why, at $450, this unit is so much different to a battery and inverter.

I would love to hear from anyone with one, or who has specific knowledge of the sort of system this employs, who could offer genuine insight.
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