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Old 11-01-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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I am not sure if $500 can get me a good one to last a day or two if all I need is to power portable heaters, radio, lights, cel phone charging, etc. and meybe even to jump start my car from time to time. Any thoughts or suggestions?
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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I think you would have a hard time figuring out where to put it without getting in trouble with the HOA.
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Old 11-01-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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I think you would have a hard time figuring out where to put it without getting in trouble with the HOA.
QTF unless your condo is one of those low rise building and there's only 2-5 units. If that's the case then maybe better idea to speak with your neighbors first. Plus maybe rest of your condo association (the whole 2-5 units) may think it's great and join in to get a large or a real backup generator by pooling resources and putting it in common area.
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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I am not sure if $500 can get me a good one to last a day or two
For $500 you could get one that may power one or two small heaters but that's it. The big box store units do not have the filtered current needed to run electronics and will burn many out. they also tend to burn out the controls on heating units. They do not put out 12 volts and cannot jump start a car unless you use it to power a battery charger.

They also tends to be forgotten during the times of non-use. Then the owner finds that the fuel has turned to turpentine and gummed up the carb. Stabil only lasts for so long.

Charge your cell phone in the car.
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:48 PM
 
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Don't they have to be used outside? I live in an apartment and tried to find something that could be used inside (after that horrible winter a couple years ago, when parts of Wildwood lost power for over a week) but couldn't find anything.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:51 PM
 
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I hope you don't need it for this freak snow storm. They're all sold out.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Splitting time between Dayton, NJ and Needmore, PA
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joe moving and babo both make very good points.

Individually, the HOA is going to have the final say on whether or not you can use a generator. I would check your covenants first before you invest in any generator.

Given the way things are forecast for the upcoming winter, I'd suggest bringing up the idea babo suggested to your HOA. It would be very helpful if you or the HOA could get the power company that supplies your development to provide assistance in the form of consulting to determine how generators could be installed and what the generators could support and how much they would cost.
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:58 PM
 
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Individually, the HOA is going to have the final say on whether or not you can use a generator. I would check your covenants first before you invest in any generator.
And if you're going to petition them for a rule change, do it NOW.
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:57 AM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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Costco sells a portable battery jumper that has outlets in it. I have it. Has a flashlight built in, jumper cables, and you could plug something into it.

some LED camping lamps, the solar cell phone charging pads, etc. i wouldn't bother with a generator for a condo.
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Condo probably holds heat pretty well too!
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