Inergy Kodiak Frequently Asked Questions
Inergy Product Q & A
Inergy Kodiak Solar Generator
Q: What temperature can the Kodiak withstand?
A: The Kodiak can withstand temperatures as low as -15 degrees F and as high as 150 degrees F.
Q: What solar panels do you recommend for use with the Kodiak?
A: We recommend the Solar Storm 100 (100W) or the Predator 50 (50W) panels. However, most solar panels will work with the Kodiak as long as they don’t exceed 30 volts or 600 watts.
Q: What is the lifespan of the battery in the Kodiak?
A: The Kodiak battery expected life is 2,000 cycles or 10 years. One cycle is completely empty to completely charged.
Q: Is the battery replaceable in the Kodiak?
A: The battery is replaceable. However, replacing the battery must be done by Inergy Solar. Currently, they are not replaceable by the end user.
Q: Does the Kodiak have a built-in controller to keep from overcharging the battery?
A: Yes, the Kodiak does have built-in technology to keep the battery from being overcharged.
Q: What are my options for charging the Kodiak?
A: You can charge the Kodiak with solar panels, 12V car charger, standard wall charger or the Quick Wall charger.
Q: What comes with the Kodiak?
A: The Kodiak comes with the Kodiak unit itself, shoulder strap, and an AC wall charger.
Q: Can I use my Kodiak while it is being charged?
A: Yes, you can use the Kodiak while it is being charged.
Q: How many amps can the Kodiak handle?
A: The Kodiak had a 1,500-watt pure sine wave inverter that can surge to 3,000-watts. This would equate to 12.5 Amps AC sustained or a 25 Amp surge.
Q: Where is the Kodiak manufactured?
A: The Kodiak is designed and engineered in the USA at Inergy’s Idaho headquarters. The units are then manufactured to specifications in China. They are then shipped to the USA where the units are tested before being shipped to customers.
Q: Will any solar panels work with the Kodiak?
A: You can use any solar panel to charge the Kodiak as long as you stay within 12-32VDC, up to 30 Amps, and no more than 600 watts.
Q: What connections are used to connect solar panels to the Kodiak?
A: The Kodiak high wattage charging port uses a Neutrik connector. If you have panels that do not have a Neutrik connector, there is a Neutrik to MC4 adapter cable that can be purchased. If another type of connector is needed, contact Inergy Solar directly to see if they can create it for you.
Q: Can I add additional batteries to the Kodiak? If so, what kind of batteries can I use?
A: There are terminals to add additional batteries to the Kodiak. We recommend deep-cell marine batteries. They should be at least the same amp hours as the battery in the Kodiak. The battery in the Kodiak is 90 Amp hours.
Q: Can two or more Kodiaks be daisy chained together to double the inverter and battery capacity?
A: Unfortunately, you cannot daisy chain Kodiaks together. If it is done, you may damage the Kodiak and void the warranty. The Kodiak does have the capability to add additional batteries to it.
Q: Can I use both charging ports at the same time? Like charging using solar panels and the AC wall charger.
A: No, only one charging port can be used at a time. You can either charge it with the AC wall charger or you can use solar panels. You can’t use both at the same time.
Q: What are the maximum voltage at full charge? What is the minimum voltage at the maximum safe depletion level?
A: At full charge, the voltage will be between 12.3V – 12.6V. The minimum level will be about 9.5V. When the Kodiak reaches 9.5V, it will go into safety mode to protect the batter from getting any lower.
Q: How many amp hours can the Kodiak provide?
A: The Kodiak will provide 90 Amp hours with a 1,100-watt battery capacity.
Q: Can I charge the Kodiak off my car alternator?
A: No. If you are wanting to use your car to charge the Kodiak, you can purchase the 12V car charger that uses your cigarette lighter to charge the Kodiak. We suggest that you only use the car charging method while the car is running.
Q: Does the Kodiak have a built-in fan? Does the fan run all the time? Is the fan noisy?
A: There are two fans in the Kodiak. The primary fan comes on and runs while the power button is pushed. The secondary fan comes on when the inside temp goes up. Both fans are quiet.
Q: What kind of battery is in the Kodiak?
A: The battery in the Kodiak is a Panasonic 90 Amp hour 1,100-watt lithium-ion battery.
Q: How long does it take to charge the Kodiak using the AC wall charger?
A: It takes about 11 hours to charge the Kodiak using the AC wall charger.
Q: How long does it take to charge the Kodiak using the 12-volt car charger?
A: It takes about 4 hours to charge the Kodiak using the 12-volt car charger.
Q: Is there a more powerful AC charger than the standard AC charger?
A: Yes, there is a Quick Wall Charger available. The standard AC wall charger is 100 watts. The Quick Wall Charger is 190 watts.
Q: Does the Kodiak have a PWM or a MPPT charge controller?
A: The Kodiak has a PWM charge controller.
Q: Can I connect the Kodiak to my house main control panel?
Q: What can I run with the Kodiak and how long will they run?
A: You can run almost anything that plugs into a wall that draws less than 1,100 Watts or 10 Amps at 110 VAC. Adding solar panels will extend your runtime for these items. With the right sized solar panel system and external battery bank attached to your Kodiak, you could have an unrestricted runtime experience.
Q: Will the Kodiak run my air conditioner or clothes dryer?
A: If these items are electric, the Kodiak will not power them. These types of appliances use 220 VAC and the Kodiak can only discharge 110 VAC.
Q: What is the warranty on the Kodiak?
A: The Kodiak carries a one-year limited warranty.
Q: How long will the Kodiak hold its charge?
A: The Kodiak will hold its charge for about 3 months. It is recommended to leave the unit plugged into the wall during storage or to recharge it every 3 months.
Q: Can the Kodiak power my entire home?
A: No. The Kodiak has limitations on what it will run. Most electric appliances exceed the Kodiaks ability. If it is a gas appliance, the Kodiak can power it provided that they have a standard 110 VAC wall plug.
Q: How do I tell how full my battery is on the Kodiak?
A: There is a colorful dot meter beneath the power button that tells you how full the battery is. The colors on the meter range from blue to red. Blue means fully charged. Red means almost out of power.
Q: How much does the Kodiak weigh?
A: The Kodiak weighs 20 pounds.
Q: Do I have to have the power button on to use the Kodiak?
A: The 2 basecamp LED ports can be used without turning the Kodiak on. The two universal car sockets also run without the Kodiak being turned on. All the rest of the remaining output ports on the Kodiak require the Kodiak to be powered on to use.
Q: How long will the Kodiak run the following: smartphone, tablet, basecamp LED, laptop, CPAP machine, TV, electric blanket, microwave, or refrigerator
A: It will run those items as follows. These are approximate only. The actual times may vary due to variations in make, models, conditions, and settings.
- Smartphone (5-7 watts) – 100+ recharges
- Tablet (25-40 watts) – 40+ recharges
- Basecamp LED (6 watts) – 183 hours
- Laptop (50 watts) – 20+ recharges
- CPAP machine (40 watts) – 25 hours
- 50” LED LCD TV (65 watts, Energy Star Certified Appliance) – 16 hours
- Electric Blanket – Queen Size (75 watts) – 14 hours
- Microwave (1,000 Watts) – 1 hour
- Refrigerator, 19 cu.ft. – (20% duty, Energy Star Certified Appliance) – 33 hours
Q: How long does it take to charge the Kodiak with solar?
A: It takes approximately 24 hours to charge the Kodiak with one (1) 50-watt solar panel. Three (3) 50-watt panels will take approximately 8 hours. Five (5) 50-watt panels will take approximately 5 hours. Seven (7) 50-watt panels will take approximately 4 hours. These times are approximate dependent on sun condition, panel angle, etc.
Q: Can I take the Kodiak on the plane when I go on vacation?
A: No. The Kodiak cannot be taken on passenger planes. You would need to ship the Kodiak via ground transport to your destination.
Q: My Kodiak arrived only partially charged. Why is this?
A: Due to shipping regulations, the Kodiak is only allowed to be shipped partially charged. Make sure you fully charge the Kodiak after it is received.
Solar Storm 100 Panel
Q: What type of solar panels are these?
A: The Solar Storm 100W panels are polycrystalline panels.
Q: How much do these solar panels weigh?
A: 16.2 pounds
Q: What are the dimensions of these solar panels?
A: These solar panels are 26.5 inches wide, 39.4 inches tall and 1.8 inches thick.
Q: Can I chain multiple panels together?
A: You can chain these panels together. If they are connected to the Kodiak, you can chain up to 6 of the Solar Storm 100 panels together to charge the Kodiak.
Q: What type of connectors are used on these panels?
A: The Solar Storm 100 panels use Neutrik connectors.
Q: What is the frame of this panel made of?
A: The frame of the Solar Storm is made of aluminum.
Q: What is the wattage of these solar panels?
A: The Solar Storm 100 panels are 100-watt solar panels.
Q: What is the power tolerance range for the Solar Storm 100?
A: The power tolerance range is +-3%.
Q: How long does it take to charge the Kodiak with one Solar Storm 100 panel?
A: One Solar Storm 100 panel can take between 12-14 hours to fully charge the Kodiak. Keep in mind that this is with optimal sun and panel positioning.
Q: What cables are available for the Solar Storm 100?
A: The connection cables come in two different lengths. They are available in 6-foot or 30-foot lengths.
Q: What if I need a longer or shorter cable for my Solar Storm 100 panel?
A: You can reach out to Shop Tiny Houses and we can get you a quote for the length of cable that you need. It does take a little while for the cable to arrive as they are made to order.
Q: What is the warranty on the Solar Storm 100 panel?
A: There is a 1-year warranty.
Predator 50 Solar Panel
Q: What is the wattage of the Predator 50 panel?
A: The Predator 50 solar panels are 50-watt panels.
Q: What kind of solar panels are the Predator 50?
A: The Predator 50 panels are monocrystalline panels.
Q: How long will it take to charge the Kodiak with one Predator 50?
A: It will take about 24 hours with one (1) Predator 50 to charge the Kodiak. Keep in mind this is with optimal sun and panel placement.
Q: How many Predator 50 panels can I hook up to the Kodiak?
A: If you are using Port 1 for charging your Kodiak, you can hook up three (3) Predator 50 panels to charge the Kodiak. If you are using Port 2, you can use up to twelve (12) Predator 50 panels to charge the Kodiak.
Q: How many Predator 50 panels can I connect together?
A: You can connect 3 Predator 50 panels together with one (1) cable.
Q: How do the Predator 50 panels connect together?
A: The Predator 50 panels use an innovative “rail and channel” design. This design allows the end of one panel to slide into the next without using cables.
Q: What do I need to be able to connect the Predator 50 panels to the Kodiak?
A: If you are using one (1) to three (3) panel, you will only need the 15-ft Predator 50 cable to connect the panels to Charging Port 1. If you are using more than three (3) panels, you will need one (1) 15-ft Predator 50 cable for each set of three panels. You will also need a combiner cable that allows you to connect the sets of three panels to the Kodiak using the High Current Charging Port (Charging Port 2).
Q: How much do the Predator 50 panels weigh?
A: They weigh 4 pounds.
Q: Are the Predator 50 panels flexible?
A: They are semi-flexible.
Q: Are the Predator 50 panels waterproof?
A: Yes, they are waterproof.
Q: What is the size of the Predator 50 panel?
A: They are 22 inches wide, 32 inches tall and .5 inches thick.
Q: What is the warranty on the Predator 50 panels?
A: There is a 1-year warranty.
Q: How well do these panels work on cloudy days?
A: Cloud cover and panel angle could have up to a 60% effect on the performance.
Basecamp LED Light
Q: How many watts do the Basecamp lights use?
A: The chainable lights use 6 watts and the USB lights use 5 watts.
Q: How long can one (1) Basecamp light run on the Kodiak?
A: The Kodiak will power one (1) basecamp light for approximately 183 hours.
Q: What type of connections are on the these?
A: The basecamp lights come in two varieties. You can get them where they chain together with barrel connectors. The other option is the basecamp light that has a USB connector.
Q: How many lumens does the basecamp lights put out?
A: The chainable lights put out 400 lumens and the USB lights put out 350 lumens. They have a 20-foot radius of light.
Q: How long is the cable on these lights?
A: Both the Chainable and the USB basecamp lights have 6-foot cables.
Q: Can more than one light be hooked together?
A: When you are using the chainable basecamp lights, you can hook them together. You can connect up to 10 chainable lights together.
Q: Where do these lights plug into the Kodiak?
A: The chainable basecamp lights can be plugged into the Basecamp LED port. There are two on the Kodiak. The USB basecamp lights can be plugged into any of the four (4) USB outlets on the Kodiak.
12V Car Charger
Q: How long is the car charger cable?
A: It is 6-foot long.
Q: Does the car need to be running while charging the Kodiak?
A: Yes, the car should be running while charging the Kodiak. Otherwise, you may end up with a dead car battery.
Q: What charging port does the car charger plug into?
A: The one end of the car charging cable plugs into Charging Port 2 (High Current charging port) on the Kodiak and into the cigarette lighter socket.
Quick Wall Charger
Q: How long does it take to charge the Kodiak with the Quick Wall Charger?
A: It takes about 6 hours.
Q: What are the specifications for this charger?
A: The quick wall charger supplies 190 watts, 15 amps, 12.6 volts.
Q: Does this charger get hot?
A: Both chargers for the Kodiak (Quick Wall & Standard AC charger) get hot while charging the Kodiak. Make sure while using to charge it is kept in a well-ventilated area.