The best generators for camping

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The best generators for camping
Finding the right generator for your recreational vehicle requires careful thought. (rv,motorcoach image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

Generators provide a source of portable electricity. You should consider several factors before purchasing a camping generator. Is it quiet or loud? Willl it be light enough to carry or will it be mounted on a trailer or camping vehicle? What devices do you plan to run on your generator? The answers to these questions will determine the type of generator you need.

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Honda EU 3000

The Honda EU 3000 has many features that make it one of the most suitable camping generators. Equipped with a noise reducing inverter, the Honda EU 3000 only makes 49-59 decibels (dB) and weighs 61 Kilogram. This generator is outfitted mainly for recreational vehicle camping and has a maximum output of 3,000 watts, with 25 amps and 120 volts. The Honda EU 3000 has an electric, push-button starter and an Eco-Throttle feature that automatically regulates the engine speed and power output for maximum fuel efficiency. As a safety feature, the generator will automatically shut down when the oil level drops below the recommended safe operating oil level to help prevent engine damage. Under a quarter load, the generator will run for 20 hours.

Yamaha EF 1000iS

At 12.2 Kilogram, the Yamaha EF 1000iS is one of the more lightweight camping generators on the market. The Yamaha EF 1000iS is an inverter generator that also features Noise Block technology, making to make it one of the quietest generators on the portable market with a range of 47-57 decibels at quarter-loads and full loads, respectively. Running at quarter load, the generator can run continuously for 12 hours on .66 gallons of gas. Other features include a large-mouthed fuel fill access, fuel petcock that reduces carburettor contamination, and a smart throttle that automatically adjusts engine speed to match the power load placed on the generator.

Subaru R1700i

The R1700i is a small, lightweight, inverter generator that can produce up to 1,700 watts of electricity. One of the generator's best features is an inverter module that allows an overload operation of up to 120% of the rated output for 20 seconds, enabling you to power up starting demanding loads such as air conditioners. This extended surge capacity measures at 2,040 watts. The noise level runs at 53-59 decibels at quarter and full loads, respectively. It is easy to mount or carry and weighs only 20.5 Kilogram. The R1700i has a 1.1 gallon fuel capacity and will run for 8 1/2 hours at a quarter load.

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