Originally Posted by ceejayt
Please can I ask what5 years and 3000 hours equates to in terms of time away in the van? Is it on all the time or is the 3000 hours just counting operational time? Potentially it means the unit excluding fuel costs £1 an hour to run plus the fuel or if you take refurbishment into account then say £4600 over 6000 hours about 78p an hour.
I like the idea of an efoy but still feel they are expensive?
The 3,000 hours relates to the hours it's been running. You could leave it on all the time on the automatic setting but that would be very unwise. 3000 hours is only 125 days, so in order to preserve your Efoy it should always be used as a last resort.
I always use mine manually and don't turn it on till my batteries are around 20% down. I turn it off again when they are around 90%. The reason for that is that the batteries will take all the charge the Efoy can give and I don't want to waste Efoy hours near the top of the charge as the output tapers off. I may be wrong about that.
There is no doubt that it's a very expensive way to charge batteries but it is fantastically convenient and unobtrusive.
I have read posts on here dismissing Efoys because some people assume that it's necessary to carry endless amounts of fuel. This is not the case, I carry just a couple of 5 lt fuel cartridges. The network of suppliers is quite good now and more fuel can be bought easily. I am not exactly sure how long 2 x 5lt lasts us but I guess around a month in Winter with careful use.
For the majority of the year I don't turn the Efoy on, but it comes into it's own in winter when we don't have EHU and don't intend driving for a few days. Used in that way we got five years out of our Efoy and we are full time, although we do spend the Winter in Spain.
Hope that helps, Alan.