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  1. #1
    Junior Member
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    Jun 2020
    Loughborough, Leicestershire

    Help Please: Need suggestions for generator power for Astoria 2 Group and other items

    Hi all, I am new to this site and love the forum posts I have read so far.
    I have a question - I am starting a mobile coffee cart business in the UK and am requiring a generator to power a 2 group Astoria, grinder, fridge and iPad/lights.
    Does anyone have any suggestions on what to look at? I am thinking I need a generator that outputs 4kwh if im right in thinking?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Kansas City
    You need to add up draw of each component you will be running - that will give you your minimum power needs.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Central North Carolina
    As mentioned, add up the total running watts and add around 20% to that for startup capacity. Most generators have two ratings, 1 for continuous output and the other for startup output. Kind of like a burst mode to kick things off then it settles down.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    North East North Carolina, USA
    If it meets your power and budget requirements, choose an inverter generator as they are much quieter - but beware, they are typically much more expensive. Honda is the runaway market leader for this type of generator.
    You might also want to consider powering the generator with propane. While providing slightly less power than gasoline, it does run quieter and can be left unused for a long time without gumming up the fuel lines/gastank like gasoline can do. You would need to buy a generator that can use propane or one which can be modified with a propane kit. You can buy a 3rd party propane kit for Honda inverter generators.
    Powering an espresso machine directly with propane will dramatically reduce your electrical requirements and you could then buy a much smaller/cheaper generator. Astoria Gloria Lever or Astoria Rapallo Lever machines can be directly propane powered.
    You can also get fridges that are propane powered - but not coffee grinders or ipads as far as I know



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