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  1. UK Beef back in the Philippines

    I am very partial to beef steak so I look forward to getting some of the UK stuff. I only hope they don't ship the poor quality stuff they can't get rid of elsewhere. The best I have found so far is the frozen 'Ranch house' branded ones from the US sold in our local S&R. A bit pricey but worth it. Their chilled 'Montana' line which I guess is also from the US, is generally not too bad but they do tend to slice it a bit thin. In my experience the fresh Aussie steaks they sell are really quite poor quality, surprisingly, but still quite expensive. SM Supermarket sell quite a good Japanese frozen steak called Tamiya or Terriyaki or something similar. Very succulent and tender and very reasonably priced. I find the locally produced stuff to be rubbish. Ken
  2. Power Inverter/Charger - Order from CDR King?

    I would be a bit wary of sourcing one directly here in the Philippines. They all seem to be cheap rubbish Chinese units which probably won't last very long, and/or are very inefficient. I haven't seen anything of quality worth purchasing from the likes CDR King/Citi Hardware/Homeplus/True value et al. Especially a dual unit such as an inverter/charger. Personally, unless you are restricted in respect of space, my advice would be to have two separate units. That way if the charger ever packs up you still have the inverter. Is it possible to have one shipped to you (possibly in a Balikbayan box) from the US? LBC (I think) have a service called Shopping Cart (or maybe Shipping Cart) where they ship things to you in Phils you have purchased from Amazon in the US. Ken
  3. The Eagle has landed (Mogo that is)

    Welcome to your new home, Ron. I hope your move and settling in goes well for you both. Good luck for your future here in Phils. Ken
  4. Amazon in Philippines? I wish!

    I have used Lazada a few times with mixed results. Items sourced from within the Philippines arrived more or less as advertised. However items sent from abroad, usually Hong Kong, took weeks, not the four or five days promised. They also will not accept returns from items sourced abroad. They are a very poor imitation of Amazon. Ken
  5. Finding The Right Batteries

    My set up uses 200ah of batteries (2 x 100ah wired in parallel) and is fine for our particular needs. The vast majority of the brownouts last less than 2 hours and our batteries rarely use more than 20% of their capacity. For that we run an internet modem, 2 x 11w lamps, 2 fans, an LED TV if its an evening brownout and an internet TV box. The longest I have run these is about 4 hours, but that is very rare. We have been running that setup now for over two years and the batteries appear to have lost little, if any, of their capacity. Ken
  6. Finding The Right Batteries

    I REALLY want one of those.............
  7. Finding The Right Batteries

    In your RV the fridge probably is the greatest power user, so being able to run off gas is a great power saving. In addition most of your other equipment, lights, water pump etc is already 12v so is the most efficient way of doing things in an RV. Also what size was the battery? It was probably quite large, possibly three times the size of a usual starter battery. Unfortunately everything in your house is not 12v so that is the nub of the problem. You have to convert the 12v of your battery to run the 110v or 220v of your domestic equipment. Ken
  8. Finding The Right Batteries

    I would suggest you do a power audit to find out what size of inverter and battery you need. On each of the appliances you wish to use should be a label stating the wattage. This may also be in the tech specifications in the instructions, if you have them. Add them all together and I would add 50% and that would be the size of inverter you need. I would also go for a pure sine wave inverter rather than the cheaper and less efficient modified or quazi sine wave ones. Not all equipment will run on modified sine wave. As for a charger, it really depends on how you are going to use your UPS. If you just want something as a back-up which you will switch on as required then you don't need a large or sophisticated one. It will just be used to charge the battery and then switch off. The UPS will just be used as and when required. Technically that is not a UPS, rather just a standby battery/inverter system. I you require a true UPS then you need something that is designed to run 24/7 through which you run your essential equipment. In that case the charger should be capable of sufficient output to match your power use plus a bit more to cater for the inefficienies of the system. You would need an 'intelligent' charger to avoid damaging the battery by overcharging. In our case the only item of essential equipment is the internet. Everything else that I wish to run can be plugged in as required. As brownouts in our area are quite frequent I have the internet modem permanently connected to the UPS, which draws very little power, and everything else plugged into a voltage regulator plugged into the mains. When a brown out occurs I simply unplug the regulator from the mains and plug into the second socket of the UPS. No faffing around with lots of plugs. If the brownout is prolonged then I just plug the regulator into the little Honda genny. As for which type to buy, I would avoid the cheap rubbish you get in the likes of Ace Hardware. I brought my inverter and charger from the UK. Quality is not easy to find in Phils. Perhaps you have a local supplier of UPS equipment who can obtain decent equipment and batteries. We have a couple here in CDO so they are around if you look. Ken
  9. Finding The Right Batteries

    Hi Dave In your example you are not running an inverter from 220v, you are running it from 12 volts. If you have a 220v power source you do not need an inverter. The whole purpose of an inverter is to convert 12v (or 24v) up to either 110v or 220v (or even 240v) to run mains voltage appliances from a low voltage source. So in your example of running a 1000 watt appliance from 220v your figure of 4.5 amps is, at face value, correct. (1000 / 220 = 4.54 amps) Except of course you would not run a 220v appliance from an inverter powered from a 220v source! However, if you are running a 1000w appliance via a 12v inverter to provide 220v then your current draw would be 1000 / 12 = 83.3 amps. So if you wished to be able to run a load of 1000w for 2 hours then your total current use would be around 166ah. To avoid damage to the battery you would need a battery capacity of at least 330ah capacity. The more the better. If you return to the calculator you provided the link to and insert 83 amps and not 4.5 then your calculator will show a battery size (flooded battery option) of about 640 ah which seems excessive for a depth of discharge to 50%. Using AGM batteries, which I use, your calculator estimates 410ah. In your example, to run your 1000w for 8 hours your calculator says you need a flooded battery capacity of 1726ah not 94ah as suggested. You should also bear in mind the start up current of the appliances you intend to run off your inverter, which can be considerable. For example an air con unit can have an initial start load of three times its running draw. My 1hp unit normally draws 945w but on start-up can draw up to 2700 watts. Not that I am suggesting you should run an aircon from your inverter, but nevertheless these start up loads need to be taken into account when selecting an approriate inverter/battery combination. I hope that helps. Ken
  10. Home Owner Associations and Other Micromanagement

    It seems HOA's are a mixed blessing. This is the first time I have encountered them, here in CDO. I have to say I have had a couple of occasions to involve them when a neighbourly 'quiet word' failed to redress the issues. Ours is a 'no bonfire' sub division and a couple of the neighbours started burning rubbish every evening. The acrid smell of burning plastic, which is highly toxic, became too much. Fortunately others also complained and the HOA stepped in and now we don't have such a problem. The second was noisy dogs howling day and night. A couple of neighbours had moved in. Their dogs were locked up in tiny cages outside the house and were constantly barking and howling. Again, this was contrary to the HOA rules. The offending neighbours, who seemed quite oblivious to the annoyance their dogs were causing were told in no uncertain terms to comply with the rules. They were rental properties and both have since moved out. Now, fortunately, peace and quiet has returned to the neighborhood. The sub-divisions rules are quite plain and are for the benefit of the majority. It was such rules that attracted us to that sub-division. As a result it's a pleasure to live in and is well run. If people don't wish to be restricted by such rules, then they can always find somewhere else to live. I have no experience of HOA's in other parts of the world, which may be overly petty and controlling, but so far my experience has been very positive. Ken
  11. GPS (English) with Philippines Maps

    I have a Garmin GPS which I purchased when I lived in Thailand. When I moved to Phils I purchased their SE Asia map add on which includes the Philippines. It is great for the major urban areas, especially Manila, Cebu, Davao etc, even in CDO the street maps are quite accurate. It also shows the major national road network so would be good for general road trips and at least would get you back to 'civilisation' if you got lost out in the 'boondocks'. I know that Toyota do a SatNav option for the Fortuner so your local Toyota dealer might have a suggestion for an after market fitment. Ken
  12. Landlines are crazy expensive

    We have the same plan with landline and wireless modem. Possibly Globe only offer the cell phone version if there is no fixed land line available in the area? Ken
  13. Hello from General Santos City

    Hi Tommy. I am in Cagayan de Oro. Quite a hike from GenSan. Ken
  14. Hello from General Santos City

    Welcome to the forum Tommy. I am in northern Mindanao. Ken
  15. Transitioning to a Philippines Retirement

    I think it is only natural to feel apprehension at your impending retirement. I also had similar feelings as my retirement approached. Despite being very sure it was the right time, I still felt a little regret at leaving behind the security of a long career. Especially as I opted to take retirement five years early. That was five years ago and those feelings very soon disappeared and I can honestly say I have had no regrets. I suppose that the move to the Philippines was made easier as over the years I had travelled widely with my work, and lived in several countries including India and Cuba so I had a pretty good idea as to what to expect. The fear of the unknown is always a little unsettling but provided you have a plan 'B' just in case things don't pan out as expected I am sure things will work out for you as well. If you haven't spent much time in the Philippines then it would be worth living here for, say, six months before you finally decide. Good luck with whatever you decide. Ken