Subcommittee on Electricity and Technological Magic
- 2000w, 120v
- Tank: 1 Gal
- Runs up to 9.6 hours on one tank (depending on load)
- Oil: 10w-30
Convenient tips on calculating power needs and fuel usage: http://powerequipment.honda.com/generators/generator-how-much-power#Determining
Traditional rope light:
- 5.5 watts per foot (825 watts for the 150' roll)
- 7 amps per 150' roll
LED rope light:
- .73 watts per foot (37 watts per 49.2' roll)
- ? amps per 49.2' roll
12V, 2.2Ah sealed lead acid batteries will power the EL wire. These will be recharged with a solar panel charger. Batteries like this will be better than the massive things we had.
Battery ratings are amp-hour which gives you the constant amps output for 20 hours. A battery rated at 30amp-hours will give you 1.5 amps for 20 hours. AGM (a nice, safe, lead-acid type) runs about $100-$200 for a battery in the 30-55 amp-hour range.
Times they are a changin'...These solar panels were recommended by a Redditor: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001RJOP5Y/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00 they're $80 which is quite a good deal.
The solar setup has a lot of options. We can have multiple batteries charged by one solar setup and one battery may very well last a couple of nights depending on the lighting load.
If we build our own from pieces we'll need solar panel, charge controller and a battery.
A quick look around ebay shows a 65 watt panel for $305 (includes charge controller) so add a battery from above and that's $400-ish.
This will be experimental. I have the plans for a diy wind mill and plan on getting the parts together this weekend or next. Home Depot anyone?