When it comes to camping generators, they can be a huge nuisance. For instance, they are noisy. Or try this. Imagine you are at the coolest campsite ever, and your camping neighbors ask you to leave because your generator is too noisy.
If you had a generator that wasn’t so noisy, you’d be able to bring your little power supply everywhere you wanted. And you’d have power at your fingertips. Quiet power.
… in the past, generators didnt have noise suppression, but those days have changed …But why is it that most people don’t have this? And why are most generators so loud? Well the answer is easy. It’s because in the past, generators didn’t have noise suppression parts. But let me tell you, those days have changed.
So what I want to share with you briefly is a little about generators that are quiet and generators that are lightweight and portable. In other words, generators that are easy to move around without breaking your back.
And after reading this article, you’ll have more knowledge about the latest developments in generators. I’ll give you a few choice units that have low noise levels. And I’ll share with you some lightweight units. You wont have to be a mountain man to move these around.
We all know how annoying it is to hear clatter from the campsite next door. Now imagine that you are the source of that noise. If its your generator, then in no time flat, you’ll be evicted. At the minimum, you’ll get evil stares from your neighbors. Quiet is good and quiet is essential.
A great example of a quiet generator is the Honda EU2000i. It has sound reducing characteristics and sound shields built into it. For instance the Honda 1600 watt EU 2000i runs almost 10 hours on 1 gallon of gas at 25% load. Guess how loud it is? It’s a super quiet 49-59 dB. If you don’t know what that is, think about a conversation 3-5 feet away…It’s a super quiet 49-59 dB. If you don’t know what that is, think about a conversation 3-5 feet away…. That’s about 56-62 db. What’s nice is that the alternator is built into the engine. that’s part of what makes it quiet. Also you can run 2 of these in parallel with the special kit they have available.
Another example of one of the newer breed of quiet generators is the KIPOR IG1000 inverter generator. This comes in at 54db. Simply stated…. Quiet is good!
So lets move onto our next concern… portability.
GENERATORS WEIGHING LESS THAN 30 POUNDS
Another important feature to look at with camping generators is portability. It’s an essential factor because most generators are bulky and heavy. With camping, you need something that’s easy to move around. And believe it or not, there are some very cool portables on the market. For instance, I have one of those monster generators. The one I have is the Generac 4000XL. And at over 100 pounds, I don’t think this beast is going to a campground any time soon.
One great example of a lightweight generators is the Hyundai 1000si at 30 pounds. Again, this is an inverter type and so that means low noise as well.
Another example is the Kipor IG 770 which provides 600 watts. How does a whopping 23 pounds sound to you? Pretty light huh? That’s a serious lightweight generator.
Alright, we’ve talked about portables. We’ve talked about quiet generators. What’s next?
GENERATING POWER FROM THE SUN
Now, if you are assuming everyone who makes generators also makes solar generators, then forgetaboutit! Look again! Matter of fact, very few manufacturers exist. But let me show you a few that are solar.
Lets start with the Portable Solar Generator SunXgen. 800, 80W monocrystalline solar panel, 800W power inverter and 105 Amph deep cycle battery package. Its a little pricey at over $1000. But, it has the equivalent to an 800 watt or 1600 watt peak generator. This baby holds 20 hours of power. No noise. No gas, and totally off the grid. Its built like a rock too.
Two other great examples of solar power generators are the Solar Stik and the SunRunner. What’s unique about these are they are modular. The SunRunner can even let you modify your charging options. So you can use hydro, wind, solar and other options. Its pretty advanced.
Here’s what you’ll want to do to get one of your own. The thing to do now is to look at these 4 generators. I’d go onto Amazon and first check out the Kipor IG770. Its lightweight and puts out a good amount of power. Start there and move onto the others. And if you get a chance, check out the Hondas.