If you’re thinking about buying a small generator to take camping, there are several important factors to consider. Power capacity, weight, and fuel efficiency go hand-in-hand, and it’s essential to pick the right device for your specific needs. You’ll also need a unit that’s quiet. When people go camping, they want to get away from loud noises and enjoy nature. Additionally, many campgrounds have restrictions on how loud your equipment can be. Lastly, there’s reliability. A generator isn’t a small investment, and you’ll want one that will last you for many years.
Head spinning a little? See our top 5 picks for camping generators:
1. Generac 5791 iX800
The Generac 5791 iX800 gets our top pick for the best camping generator because of its high portability and fuel efficiency. Weighing just 30lbs, the iX800 provides 800W of power, enough to charge portable electronics or brew coffee. It’s also one of the quietest small generators available. Additionally, it offers a “FlexPower” mode that automatically reduces the power to the output level needed.
- Built-in circuit breaker
- 2.5-4 hour typical runtime
- Super-compact 18 x 10 x 15” size
2. Kohler PRO2.0iS
The Kohler PRO2.0iS offers a more versatile alternative to the Generac 5791. The 1600W capacity can power microwaves, hairdryers, air conditioners, and portable heaters. Its 44lbs weight is still light enough to be portable, and it has an estimated 8 hour runtime at 50%. The PRO2.0iS also offers its own “Smart Throttle” technology which is similar to the iX800’s ‘FlexPower’ mode.
- 1.1 gallon tank
- Built-in regulator to protect delicate electronics
- “Parallel Capability” (allows you to double the output with two PRO2.0iS’s)
3. Yamaha EF1000iS
The 900/1000W Yamaha EF1000iS is great for campers with low power requirements because it combines easy portability with a highly efficient engine. The 0.66 gallon tank size will get you between 6 to 8 hours of use at 50%, and its 45-60db noise output makes it one of the quietest generators available.
- 12 volt DC output
- 27 lbs. dry weight
4. Generac 6000 LP3250
The LP3250 is the big brother to the highly portable iX800. While it’s certainly much heavier (137lbs), it offers up to a 3700W surge (3200 continuous) that provides ample power for almost any equipment.
Unlike the previous 3 models, the LP3250 is a propane generator which makes it more environmentally-friendly and offers superior power consumption compared to similar capacity gasoline generators.
- Built-in cart with wheels and an integrated holder for 20lb. propane tanks
- Circuit breaker and regulator
5. Honda EU2000i
Because of its “Advanced Inverter Technology”, the Honda EU2000i outputs surprising power for such a small device. It’s rated up to 2000W, enough for larger kitchen equipment such as microwaves or a small refrigerator. The specialized inverter also allows it to get up to 9 hours on the small 1.1 gallon tank while maintaining a quiet 49-59Dba noise level.
- 47 lbs. dry weight
- Built-in regulator for current control
There are many things to consider when choosing a generator for camping use. Consider your needs to narrow down brands, sizes, and more. If you would like more assistance in selecting a generator give us call today at (732) 410-7695.