Originally Posted by YellowPiper
We are sailors so come from the world of no genset but rather charge our batteries with the engine (our gen) and the run off of the inverter to get our 120 volts we seem to need for the small chargers, coffee maker or toaster oven.
Do most boaters with a generator have an inverter for the low current items rather than firing up the gen.
If so how does it hook into the system.
Can't say "most" but I think many do have an inverter for (mostly) low-draw AC loads: TV/stereo, (usually) shorter bursts of microwave/convection oven, coffee maker, charging laptops/tablets/hones, etc. Happy hour popcorn and early morning coffee without yet starting the genset, for example.
To do that, I think many also add battery capacity to the extent possible.
The "how" depends very much on your intended loads, your panel and wiring, etc.
FWIW, ours is a combo inverter/charger, and it immediately starts charging whenever we're plugged in to shore power or the generator is on (internal transfer switch). Otherwise, it's drawing from that bank of batteries and enables the various AC loads on the specific circuits (and hence, some small appliances) that I chose. Those happen to all be via household outlets, with a couple outlets (microwave/oven, for example) being dedicated to a single appliance.