If you are getting ready for a camping trip or a nice weekend in the woods, or maybe some time at the beach or tailgating with your friends at a local sporting event, then you know that sometimes power for your everyday electronic items is not always available.
Even with advancements in inverter technology, they are only capable of delivering limited power, for a limited duration and are a constant drain on your battery or inflict wear and tear on your vehicle’s engine.
That is why a portable generator that is both light weight and quiet is a necessary item to have in these situations.
Top Rated Portable Generator on the Market
First is the CARB compliant Yamaha EF6600DE 6000 watt gasoline powered portable generator.
This low maintenance brush free alternator system has the power to supply two outlets, a standard 120 volt and one 240 volt for items that require more power.
Utilizing an Auto Voltage Regulation system, this generator guarantees the proper power delivery even when using long extension cords, power tools and other heavy equipment.
Many were happy with the power load handling as advertised and it’s gas efficiency, getting 12 plus hours on five gallons of fuel. One customer stated they ran the refrigerator, water pump for the well, their furnace and microwave, TV and a few lights with no problem. A versatile generator for trips away from home, but also very useful in times of home emergency.
Best Rated Gas Inverter Generator under $1000
The Generac 6866 iQ2000 is a smaller watt producing generator, but comes with many options not included other systems. Running a 1600 watt power system that is CARB compliant, this gas powered portable inverter generator has a Generac OHV engine that delivers a long life of dependable power.
Complete with a smart LED dashboard that displays fuel level, remaining run time, wattage use and the status of the unit, this generator features an integrated start, run and stop function in one simple to use dial.
Status indicators of the dashboard also inform you low fuel and oil levels, caution for overloading and over heating the unit, and is protected with a low oil shut down that will save the motor from damage.
With two parallel ready outlets installed allows the owner to connect two iQ2000 inverters (optional items sold separate) for twice the power delivery.
One main compliment of this generating unit is its ease of maintenance. The oil fill port is easy to access and doesn’t require any special tools to open (other than your fingers). Another complimenting factor was the “ultra” quietness of the engine, even when running at full load, and its ease of manual start.
Reliable Tailgating Generator under $500
Thirdly on this list is the WEN 56200i, a 1600 running watt generating system.
Operating an EPA III 4-stroke gas powered engine this CARB compliant generator has a quiet running operation that is comparable to the speaking voice as noted by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.
This generator produces clean power that will safely operate and transfer power to prevent damage to sensitive electronic devices. Complete with two, three prong 120 volt outlets, this unit also has a 12 volt DC receptacle and one 5 volt USB port to allow you to handle many modern electronic devices.
Mainly this generator had compliments on its load handling ability while still maintaining quiet and efficient operation, running four hours per tank of fuel. a very affordable price when compared to other “name brand” models this unit got high marks on its well built construction too.
Very portable and easy maintenance where other high ratings by existing owners of this generator.
Top Lightweight Inverter Generator
The Honeywell 6066 2000 running watt gas powered portable inverter is another light weight unit for a low price.
With a built in handle to make moving the generator a breeze, this inverter unit is fuel efficient using Honeywell’s patented Eco Mode system, that reduces engine speed when extra load is not required, making it extremely quiet when compared to other models.
Utilizing two 120 AC outlets and one 12 v DC plug this generator delivers smooth transfer of power to protect your most sensitive electronic devices. Complete with a low oil warning and shut off system and over load warning LED lights, this unit is designed for travel in mind.
Most consumers of this generator were impressed with it’s light weight portable construction and fuel efficiency. Others were very impressed with the load handling capacity for a generator of this size, with one reporting he ran his refrigerator, 50″ TV, the satellite dish, charged two phones and a fan for 5 hours on a single gallon of gas.
He went on to note that at night, while utilizing Eco Mode, he ran 2 fans, his CPAP machine and charge two phones for 8 hours while only consuming one gallon of fuel.
Ultimate Eco-Friendly Generator
Lastly, the Powerhouse 60376 2000Wi is a 1900 watt gas powered portable generator that is CARB compliant and environmentally friendly while delivering safe power to sensitive electronic devices.
Two 120 volt 20 amp AC outlets and one 12 volt DC outlet make it easy to attach your power cords and has an LED warning system to alert you to low oil and over load situations.
Using a convenient handle for ease of transport, this unit also has a recoil starting mechanism, fuel primer bulb and manual choke to make starting simple and easy.
Many comments were stated about the ease with which this generator started, its affordable price and it’s light weight construction. other compliments were directed to the quietness of it’s motor, the fuel efficiency and the ability to handle loads with out bogging down. A reliable generator that will last for many years of travel.
If you are looking for a solution to your power needs when away from a utility source, then a generator is what you need. They are easy to use and great to have when you are tailgating.