Generator choice

Sandman

Active member
#1
I'm buying another generator for the off grid BOL cabin.....Can't decide between a Honda 2200 or a Champion https://www.championpowerequipment.com/product/100264-3500-watt-dual-fuel-inverter/

Advantages as I see them:
Honda - More reliable...? I have a Honda 3000 and it is completely bulletproof. Plus very quiet.
Champion - Cheaper and dual fuel right out of the box. Quality unknown to me. Kinda quiet (59db)

If I go with the Honda, I will want/have to spend $270 on a propane/gas conversion kit, and the operating wattage is lower (I only really need 2000~ but more might be nice?)

Thoughts?

Thanks!
 

Bacash

Just a guy
Brass Subscriber
#4
I have a Champion. It’s got maybe 40 hours on it, never had a problem. It’s the 4350 peak one I believe. It’s pretty good on gas for it’s size. My only complaint is the noise, but if you’re out of earshot of the world, it wouldn’t matter. It’s not dual fuel though.
 

HandLoad

Sparky!
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#6
With the anticipated load, I would be tempted to buy Two WEN brand 2000 Watt inverters, the ones with the Yamaha Design Four Stroke engine made in China. Less than $400.00 each. Can be paralleled for 3600 real world Watts continuous, and Inverter Stability and Cleanliness.
Need less than 2000 Watts? Run only One! Quiet! Service the other!
 

Sandman

Active member
#7
With the anticipated load, I would be tempted to buy Two WEN brand 2000 Watt inverters, the ones with the Yamaha Design Four Stroke engine made in China. Less than $400.00 each. Can be paralleled for 3600 real world Watts continuous, and Inverter Stability and Cleanliness.
Need less than 2000 Watts? Run only One! Quiet! Service the other!
Thanks ! Checked the reviews and they are pretty good......can't beat the price!
 

Mel's Cookin'

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Moderator
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#10
They definitely don't give Hondas away but there's a reason they don't have to... awesome quality in my opinion. I love my little Eu2200i.

You might want to consider the EU line. Whether or not you think you'll ever need it, the EU's can be linked via cable to each other to give a combined wattage. Two EU2200's (or 3000's) can be easily linked together will double the output instead of you having only the use of two smaller generators.

And they are soooooo quiet.
 

HandLoad

Sparky!
Brass Subscriber
#12
The Hondas set the Gold Standard.

The Yamaha design has been ripped off, or sold under license, to several GenSet Manufacturers. Many are exactly the same unit, just "Nameplate Engineered" - different color case (but same venting, same tankage, same controls, same....you get the idea). Predator unit from Harbor Freight of same Year was same unit - I compared them side by side.

Keep in mind that most, if not all the Genset Manufacturers play games with the labels. For example, the WEN unit I have will not carry 2000Watts at full load, UNLESS Inverter is out of Circuit. It can only carry up to 1600 Watts With Inverter. Pay attention to the ratings!

Looks like You are hip to the derate that happens when You use Propane or Natural Gas conversion kit - less energy in Propane, even less in Nat Gas.