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Old 11-25-2012, 07:31 AM   #21
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Just a general FYI to some folks who may be new to this generator stuff--

An Inverter genny can run at a low RPM and save gas and be quieter when
it's not got a heavy load. It will ramp up noise and RPMs when necessary.
It produces DC current and Inverts it to 60 cycle AC.
This is why Inverter gennys are more expensive but also quieter.

An old fashioned genny like the basic Champion is an alternator genny.
It produces alternating current and MUST always run at a specific high
RPM in order to produce 60 cycle AC. It runs at full speed even when there
is little or no load on it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:38 AM   #22
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The Honda and Yamaha are both fine generators. There was a time when they were the only practical choice. These days they are very over priced, as there are several alternatives.

Champion, Kipor, Boliy, Lifan, and several others now make inverter generators with precisely the same specs (including sound level) as the Honda. The difference is that that they are all much less expensive.

For the price of a 2000W Honda, I bought two 2000W Champion inverter generators and the parallel kit to hook them together. I have listened to a lot of the Hondas, and my (uncalibrated) ear can't hear any difference.

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Old 11-25-2012, 11:29 AM   #23
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KyDan- thank you for the information on the different types of generators. I didn't know that.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:13 PM   #24
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Just a general FYI to some folks who may be new to this generator stuff--

An Inverter genny can run at a low RPM and save gas and be quieter when
it's not got a heavy load. It will ramp up noise and RPMs when necessary.
It produces DC current and Inverts it to 60 cycle AC.
This is why Inverter gennys are more expensive but also quieter.

An old fashioned genny like the basic Champion is an alternator genny.
It produces alternating current and MUST always run at a specific high
RPM in order to produce 60 cycle AC. It runs at full speed even when there
is little or no load on it.
KyDan - thanks for this post. I was going to ask about the Inverter generator and now I have my answer.
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Check out the 2000w inverter at Costco. It has a Yamaha engine and is $699. IIRC. Can't remember the name brand and they don't list it on their website, I've only seen it in the stores. Don't know any specs or if it can be paralleled but it's worth a look if you have a Costco nearby.
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Check out the 2000w inverter at Costco. It has a Yamaha engine and is $699. IIRC. Can't remember the name brand and they don't list it on their website, I've only seen it in the stores. Don't know any specs or if it can be paralleled but it's worth a look if you have a Costco nearby.
can't be paralleled!
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:02 PM   #27
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One point of confusion, is that many manufacturers (such as Champion) produce nice quiet inverter generators as well as big noisy alternator generators.

Another point is that while it is theoretically possible to parallel any of the inverter generators, some manufacturers do not provide the means to do it. What is needed is not only the cables to hook them together, but also some electronics to synchronize the phases of the waveforms of the two inverters. If they are not synchronized, two hooked in parallel might put out less current than a single one.

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Champion, Kipor, Boliy, Lifan, and several others now make inverter generators with precisely the same specs (including sound level) as the Honda. The difference is that that they are all much less expensive.

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