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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 02:07 PM
Portable generators


Would love to get some advice on portable generators that you all have used and like. I am looking for about a 3000w gen give or take. One that will run off of gas has a good fuel consumption rate, and isn’t so loud it will bother the neighbors or us for that matter.

I am looking at it to run an AC unit for one room in our house and it would probably run most of the night. Our house generator is fairly loud and is very thirsty and we don’t have enough batteries to keep it going all night.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 02:29 PM


We use a Honda 2000 and it works great. The Honda 3000 is probably similar in reliability, but a slight bit louder.

I also made a 22 gallon portable fuel tank attached to a dolly that we hook to it for extended run times...:light:

[Edited on 5-23-2018 by Pacifico]




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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 03:31 PM


I bought the Yamaha 2000 watt equivalent. Actually I bought two of them to run together when I needed to for AC units, but, I never had to. One unit would run the portable AC unit for my cabin with no problem. I chose the Yamaha because it has a longer life span (thicker cylinder walls) and most importantly, a gas shut off. The gas shut off so you can run the carb dry and not let gas sit in the float bowls. Great generators, would buy them again. EF200iSV2 I think is the new model of the ones I have.
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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 04:36 PM


Honda EU2200i is the gold standard for portable generators. I've had mind for 10+ years and it runs great.



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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 05:07 PM


Here is a good comparison.

https://www.thegeneratorpower.com/yamaha-ef2000is-vs-honda-e...
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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 05:11 PM


Look at champion 2800w.



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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 05:22 PM
Yamaha at COSTCO (US)


https://www.costco.com/A-IPower-1600W-Running--2000W-Peak-Ya...
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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 06:20 PM


Quote: Originally posted by chippy  
Here is a good comparison.

https://www.thegeneratorpower.com/yamaha-ef2000is-vs-honda-e...


That's not a comparison against the latest Honda.

Honda >>> Yamaha for generators.




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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 06:22 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
https://www.costco.com/A-IPower-1600W-Running--2000W-Peak-Ya...


Don't buy cheap stuff.




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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 07:46 PM
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Honda makes a pretty good generator.
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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 07:52 PM


Also if it is too loud you can make a sound deadening enclosure area. Not a box but an area for good air flow to keep the gen. cool. Shade on top and sound proof material on walls set back.
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[*] posted on 5-23-2018 at 09:57 PM


Honda, we run a one room A/C unit all night with no problem. Pull start 3000 Watt. Starts first pull. Keep plug clean, oil and air filter.
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[*] posted on 5-24-2018 at 05:36 AM


i have had my Yamaha for 5 years.

No problems
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[*] posted on 5-24-2018 at 07:09 AM


I use the honda 3000si for the exact purpose you are referring to. Runs all night on a single tank of fuel and is very quiet.
If I had it to do again, I would start with the Honda 2000 and if more power is needed, combine with a second one. 2-2000s are not much more than a single 3000.
The issue I have with the 3000 is that it is really heavy and the older I get, the heavier it becomes......
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[*] posted on 5-24-2018 at 07:38 AM


I bought 2 of the Yamaha equivalents; they have thicker cylinder walls and fuel shut off switches so you can run the carbs dry after using them. VERY important. They link together like the Honda's but I've only had to use one of them ever to run an AC for my hunting cabin. I would be them again. They are an "inverter generator" like the Honda's and always start on the first or second pull.
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[*] posted on 5-24-2018 at 08:36 AM


I have used my Champion 3100 for the last 4 years remote start, good fuel economy, fairly quiet bought it from HD for 750 but any number of places sell it.
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[*] posted on 5-24-2018 at 09:05 AM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by chippy  
Here is a good comparison.

https://www.thegeneratorpower.com/yamaha-ef2000is-vs-honda-e...


That's not a comparison against the latest Honda.

Honda >>> Yamaha for generators.


Thats your opinion, and you are entitled too it. Ran the Honda for 10 years, never had a problem running a portsable radar . AC etc research station - good unit - but pricey! switched to the Yamaha (costco) because of the price, when I needed another generator - absolutely zero complaints for the last 5 years, and cost me 1/2 as much. I agree with don't buy cheap - if you are seriously thinking about a Harbor Freight unit. but my advise - coming from a guy who has run both the Honda and Yamaha for alot of years , under heavy loads: - you'll be happy with either - for a long time - but with the yamaha - I'm 500 bucks happier!

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[*] posted on 5-24-2018 at 09:07 AM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by chippy  
Here is a good comparison.

https://www.thegeneratorpower.com/yamaha-ef2000is-vs-honda-e...


That's not a comparison against the latest Honda.

Honda >>> Yamaha for generators.


got a link for that statement?
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[*] posted on 5-24-2018 at 09:56 AM


I spend the winter at popular RV beaches on Bahia Concepcion and unfortunately have seen and heard many portable gas generators. Hondas are the most popular (and least annoying) by far. I did notice a Yamaha once.

Honda and Yamaha are experts at making small gas motors.





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[*] posted on 5-24-2018 at 03:08 PM


Hey, if you haven't bought yet. Both Yamaha and Honda are poplar here but the edge has gone to Honda. There are a few 2000i's that seem to work with most mini splits here but I haven't had luck with mine so I use the 3000i and once it has the AC running I'll switch over to the eco mode. I'm only getting about 6 hours with my 3000i but others run theirs all night or 8 hours. there is a cheep add a tank for the 2000i Honda that extends the run time but much more expensive to convert the 3000i. If you go the 2- 2000 option use the Honda connection cable.



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