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how can I tell the wattage rating of my GE freezer?

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by erics_bruisers, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. erics_bruisers

    erics_bruisers

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    this is frustrating --

    -- i am looking at a cheapie freezer for my bus, and want to run it off of the 1500W convertor --

    -- no idea what the freezer's rating is, and it doesn't say on the unit anywhere --

    -- i called GE, and the guy said it uses 277 kW per year -- WTF -- !!

    here's the model --

    http://products.geappliances.com/Pr...SK=Approved Models_SalesNet_National Accounts

    here's the usage --

    http://www.spbr.org/raw/raw.htm

    :eek:

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    fawk --

    -- he just figured it out --

    3,000 to 4,500 watts --

    -- time to run a cord out the window -- !!

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    I have always been told amps times volts for high voltage, but I don't know if this applies to auto/marine voltage.
     
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    e9999 You want to do what...? Moderator

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    e, I seriously doubt a freezer would use 3000+ Watts....
     
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    e9999 You want to do what...? Moderator

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    OZ, for DC, the power is just current times voltage, but for AC you have to multiply by a phase factor, form factor, etc...
     
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    Eric, the guy doesn't know what he's talking about. I don't know what kind of inverter you have, but if it puts out 1500 continuous watts you'll be more than fine.

    Most "modern" freezers that size will draw between 350-500 watts (some less).

    I have a small 1400 watt generator (different than an inverter...I know) but, it will power a full size freezer, a refrigerator, and some lights no problem.
     
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    wow flint -- that's redeeming --

    -- i have a 1200W inverter I will hook up with my dad and try --

    -- right now she's plugged in to the side of the house - !!

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    Although I'm a little late...

    220, 221; whatever it takes.


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    I love that line. :D

    Eric,
    You are probably ok. If you want to make sure, I think there should be a sticker somewhere on the side or back of the freezer that will state the kw, fla (full load amps) or rla (running load amps). To find the kw (measurement of real power, as opposed to reactive power) you multiply the voltage (120V in your case) times the current (the fla or rla) times the power factor (assume 0.8). In summary V(voltage)*I(current)*pf(power factor)=P(real power).

    If you don't have the above mentioned sticker, call GE again and ask for someone who could tell you what the power draw or full-load current are for your freezer. The guy you spoke to gave you the energy that the government thinks the freezer will use in a year. They are related but totally different things.

    Hope that helps.