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zorro
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2020 10:54
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Hi

I have a question/issue I cannot figure out

I have been using a Kuerig at the cabin and it worked fine, running off the generator only

Generator is a 9500W (peak)/7500W (running) and works pretty well for the water pump and several outlets – nothing else

However, recently, the Keurig has stopped working when plugged into any generator outlet (Kuerig is 1500W)………….and I have tried 2 different Keurig machines

The outlet works perfectly well and have tested it with other items including an outlet tester

It almost seems like the Keurig is using too much power, which I cannot see how that is possible as it is only 1500W and the Generator is 7500W…………….and nothing else was being used at the time

I have brought the Keurig home and it works fine in a powered outlet

Outlet has not tripped or anything

Any thoughts?

Thanks

jhp
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2020 11:40
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I would guess if it's a nicer coffee machine there is a surge protection circuit in the coffee maker that is being tripped by the slightly fluctuating power coming off the generator. Works sometimes, won't work sometimes.

If you have a big enough one, try running the coffee maker from an inverter, that might smooth out the fluctuations. Or try a dumber coffee pot - Walmart has a single serve K-cup brewer for $17 that I highly doubt has any protection circuit at all.

zorro
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2020 12:28
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Never thought of that!!

Thanks for the suggestion - sounds like that is the issue as 2 separate machines are having the exact same issues!!

Going to take up your idea of a cheap machine which should not have a surge protector built in

Thanks!

Paul

jhp
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2020 12:34
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I've got two of these. Cheap and functional.

Using the loose grounds works ok but it makes a bit of a mess. K-Cups are great.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Single-Serve-and-K-Cup-Black-Coffee-Maker/912456 806

zorro
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2020 12:48
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Perfect - thank you

How can they even make a coffee maker for $19???? (other than no doubt from..... CHINA......in a Trump voice )

Incredible!!

jhp
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2020 13:00
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I was surprised myself.

I don't use K-Cups at home really but I wanted them for the cabin so the coffee doesn't get as stale between trips. I thought I'd end up having to spend $100 on a coffee pot, but turns out, nope - cheap and functional exists in the pod coffee space as well.

I liked it so much I bought one for home to serve coffee for people who prefer slightly higher quality than whatever I found onsale at the warehouse store LOL.

Brettny
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2020 13:29
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Dont fool your self kureg machines are not made in USA.

What does it do when it dosnt work? Does it light up at all? Do you have a inverter generator to test it on?

Have you considered a stove top percolator or french press?

zorro
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2020 13:38
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Oh - i am sure Kuerig is not made in the US!

It does not come on at all now - it did, but then stopped................same with 2 Keurig machines

My Inverter is only 1500W so the Keurig is too powerful for testing it and i dont have an inverter genrator

But to be honest, for $17 i will try it - not got too much to lose

And I do have a stove coffee pot, which is great - but the small machine just gets used for convenience or a single cup when i want a cup quickly

When there are a few of us, then the stove top pot comes into play

Brettny
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2020 15:37
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Just plugging it into the inverter and seeing if it lights up could tell you something.

I would take it apart and look for a fuse. I replaced a water pump in one once. Be careful it's like a swiss watch behind the covers.

Brettny
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2020 21:24
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Just plugging it into the inverter and seeing if it lights up could tell you something.

I would take it apart and look for a fuse. I replaced a water pump in one once. Be careful it's like a swiss watch behind the covers.

spoofer
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# Posted: 28 Jun 2020 13:59
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I have chosen not to use k cups anymore. We don't need anymore plastic trash in our world. I realized that the coffee isn't really that good out of them either. I use an old fashion perculator that I got at LL Bean at camp and a Cuisinart drip machine that makes such good coffee that we are on our 3rd one.

zorro
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# Posted: 29 Jun 2020 09:19
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As confirmed above, i do have a coffee pot/perculator as well as a K-Cup maker

The K-Cup maker is for speed and single cups - much easier, faster and more convenient than the coffee pot

When I finish with the k-cups, they go into the burn barrel with all other paper and plastics that i can burn before i leave the cabin - so minimal waste


Brettny - the Keurig works fine at home - lights up and makes perfect coffee - just does not work off the generator at the cabin.............never tried it on the inverter as it would be pointless as i would not run it off the inverter

I also bought a small plug in surge protector which i am going to try - not sure if that will help, but will try anyway

JHP - i managed to get that machine from Walmart - so will try it out at the weekend - thanks

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