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Simo
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Hi all - when you are running an eberspacher heater, obviously it is deisel powered, but how much electricity are they using? Is it a very small amount or a considerable drain on your leisure batteries if it was running all night  for example?

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Hi Simo
On start up when the glow plug is energised they will draw about 20 amps. Once alight they go back to about 3 amps. If your heater keeps cycling off and on, they will obviously draw 20 amps on every relighting. Hope that helps.
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Thanks Colin - 3 amps isnt too bad , as you say so long as it is running fairly constant in the cold weather!

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It is best to run the heater on a high setting so as to avoid - as Colin said - re-ignition but also it helps to stop it carbonising up.


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Also bear in mind that if the heater is set to low and going on and off, the glow plug not only comes on when it starts up, it also comes on at the shutdown cycle to help keep the carbon off the glow plug.

All the best Ted.

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Hi Simo 3 amps for 24 hrs= 72amps plus start ups can equal 2x 100 amp batteries 2x100= 200  less 70% charge=60 amps usable power you would need to charge up batteries at lest once a day,its not so much how much power a unit takes but for how long.older units are very voltage sensitive you would need a bigger battery bank or mains battery charging while using the heater, of cause summer use will be much less perhaps 2 hours in evening.Lead acid batteries start to deteriorate after 150 ish cycles,Iron Nickel are much better. John

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On one occasion when I hired a boat with one of these I was advised to run the engine whilst the heater was starting up. Seems a sensible idea as long as you're not breaking noise regulations or annoying neighbours.

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Hi all. We hired fair sovereign and the heater started fine on about 11.5v. Looking at the install it was large cables with a short run. Perfect set up. Should not need the engine if a decent install and good batteries.
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