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Old 05-01-2016, 08:13 AM   #1
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Smallest generator & least noise

Greetings ,After my battery question I now would like to hear your thoughts on a small back-up generator. I know ;no A/C or stove or Microwave maybe some hot water, a TV for the kids video & games some lights and to keep the batteries up to prevent damage. Looking to see what size you are using and is the noise level reasonable in close quarters (30 amp). size and weight ??
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Old 05-01-2016, 08:26 AM   #2
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I think most agree that the Honda's and Yamaha's are the quietest and are very reliable. Both 2000 watt units are around 45 lb. in weight. Champion has a 2000 watt generator that is slightly noisier but not objectionable. They are roughly half the price at about $600. If money is not an issue, Honda would be my choice. I have had a 2000 watt Champion now for 3 years and has worked well.
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Old 05-01-2016, 09:07 AM   #3
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I have the Champion 2000 and found it on sale for $499 last month on Home Depots website. It has an economy mode that is very quiet. Smarter Tools also makes a 2000w inverter generator that has a Yamaha motor. It is also extremely quiet. I believe they run about $700-800 bucks. Both of these gens can be paralleled for more power
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I have a Honda 1000. It is small and light (30 lbs). We use it when boondocking for charging batteries and vacuuming. It will not power our 90 amp converter so we use a 25 amp smart charger. It serves our purpose well since we also have solar however I would prefer one large enough to charge off of the converter. I'm not sure a 2000 would be able to run a 90 amp converter if the batteries were low so I'll stick with the 1000.
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Old 05-01-2016, 09:18 AM   #5
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I carry a Honda 2000 with me in event of emergency. I do not have a built in gen since we camp only at campgrounds with full hookups. We have used it a few times when power went out. I also take it with me to football games for tailgating. It is very reliable and very quiet. By the way Honda sells a useful battery cable accessory for charging your batteries.
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Good feedback, just that your prices are not the same north of the border. Honda 2000W are close to the 2000$ mark!!
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Good feedback, just that your prices are not the same north of the border. Honda 2000W are close to the 2000$ mark!!
Honda 2000i can be purchased most anywhere for $1000 in UAA, and if you shop around even less.
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Good feedback, just that your prices are not the same north of the border. Honda 2000W are close to the 2000$ mark!!
Sounds like a quick trip south of the border might be a plan. Just a ??, if you did buy a Honda 2000 on a trip into the US, I guess you are expected to declare it when you head home. How does anybody know when and where you picked it up. Do they take inventory when you cross on the way south or is this an honor system??
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We are in Southern Ontario and use the Champion 2000w when we are at the race track. Small and easy to move around. Runs everything except A/C. Can do microwave if need but turn off other major draining items to insure no issue. Usually just run for a few hours early evening to recharge and we are good to go for the night and next day. You can buy a second one and run parallel to be able to operate your A/C as well. The noise dc is in the same range as the Honda 2000.

We bought our Champion 2000w last year at Costco Canada. I see they still have them and the are $689.00 CDN.
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Not sure if it's changed or not but a few years ago when I bought my Honda 2000eu you could not get them set up for hooking 2 together. For that reason alone it was worth the drive to the states to buy.
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