Jan 11, 18, 09:39 AM #1
Portable GeneratorLooking to purchase a portable generator. Will be used for camping and power outages.
What should I look for?
How big (watts) should it be?
Harbor Freight looks to have one at a reasonable price. I know it's Harbor Freight and some of their things are really poorly made. But this looks pretty good and has great reviews.
8750 Max Starting/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (42cc) Generator EPA III with GFCI Outlet ProtectionAdvertisement
Jan 11, 18, 10:23 AM #2
That Honda they are comparing it with is 100 times more reliable, 100 times more durable, and 1000 times quieter. You get what you pay for.
I have a 7800/6500 Troy Built that I just converted to propane. It works great for me.
I have a transfer switch that allows me to isolate power to my well pump, lift station, freezer circuit, refrigerator circuit, and one bedroom (lights and wall circuits). I get more than 12 hours on one 20lb tank propane with all that powered on. You can't tell when the well pump cuts in either.
Jan 11, 18, 11:17 AM #3
The Harbor Freight Predators are solid choices.
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What are you wanting to use it for?
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Jan 11, 18, 12:56 PM #11Here's one to consider...
Amazon.com : WEN 562 i Super Quiet 2 -Watt Portable Inverter Generator, CARB Compliant : Garden & Outdoor
It doesn't have wheels, but weighs just 48 pounds, so still easily transportable. And at 51 dB is a whole lot quieter than the Harbor Freight's 76 dB. In a campground, at night, that's huge.
Just my 2-cents.
Jan 11, 18, 12:59 PM #12
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I can not see you needing more than that in a portable.
With the 5,000 I powered this:
- Gas furnance blower to one of the furnaces in house.
- 50" LED TV / Directv / DSL internet modem
- Portable microwave
- Sump pump
- Septic pump tank
- Small 5 gallon portable electric water heater
- Computer and other small appliances
Putting all the key things above into one box and adding a transfer switch with an pre-run plug is 'on the list' but power outages have lessened in our area over last few years.
Jan 11, 18, 01:07 PM #13I think the biggest question you're going to have to ask yourself @NamecipS , is where you think you'll use it the most, and how close you're going to be to it. The larger capacity you get, the louder they're likely to be. If it's sitting out back of your house during an outage, the noise is negligible compared to what you get. Same for a construction site. But, you put that same unit next to your vehicle tailgating or beside your tent while camping, and you'll probably think differently.
It's sort of like buying a car. It all depends on what you're going to use it for.
Jan 11, 18, 02:24 PM #14Honda! Very quiet machine. Spend the extra bucks.
Jan 11, 18, 07:45 PM #15If you are not going to run electric heat or air conditioning you only need 2000 watts.
If you are going to run electric heat or air you will need 3000 watts.
When it comes to generators - decibels is everything.
A lot of campgrounds have a night time max of 58 db.
For those not familiar with decibels. 51 db is usually related as equivilent to quiet indoor conversation. 55 dbs is normal outdoor conversation.
So now we kind of have a base line.
When reading those specs on generators, know that every 3 decibels doubles the volume. So a 57 db generator is 4 times as loud as a 51 db generator.
58 db and lower are concidered quiet.
Honda is the best there really is no arguement. They are double the cost.
I have 2 of these with a parallel kit.
Model 73536i - Champion Fulfillment
If I need heat or air, I run both in parallel. If I don't need heat or air, I just run 1. That will run my Rv fridge, microwave, 3 TVs, lights, coffee pot, etc. I don't recommend making coffee and running the microwave at the same time though. They sell them at Sam's Club if you have a membership.
I have had mine for 7 years and they have been perfect. I bought them from Champion Fullfilment place in tbe link above. They are 53 db each. Two together are 1.5 times as loud as 1 so 54.5 db.
One of my friends got two and a parallel kit for $950 last September.
One other thing. If you are not using your generator regularly. Always run the carb dry. Doesn't mean you have to run the tank empty, just cut off the gas supply and let it run till it quits.
Last edited by coldweatherfan; Jan 11, 18 at 07:56 PM.