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Old 08-29-2013, 10:54 PM   #31
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I've been living off the grid for the last two months, in Yosemite. (Yeah, that's another story for another time--but it was GREAT). Anyway. I had two Yamaha 2000, that I used. I couldn't be happier with their performance AND the DB level. I was the Campground Host, so I was very aware of the DB level. Can't go wrong with the Yamaha.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:04 PM   #32
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Although this thread is a little older, I thought I would throw in my two cents regarding quiet generators. I'm the editor of Volt Magazine, which focuses on generators and power requirements.

The posters here made some very good points and described inverter generators accurately, but no one addressed what sound rating a quiet generator should be rated at. When it comes to noise output, generators are rated on what is called DBA - which is levels of Decibels on the A scale of sound. For a generator to be considered quiet it needs to have a DBA level of below 56 and the closer to 50 the better. The quietest generator I know of is a Honda that comes in at 49 dba. To put this in perspective, human conversation takes place at 60 to 65 dba.

The second consideration when you are buying any generator is that it is compliant with both CARB rules which stands for California Air Resources Board - as well as EPA rules. The goverment website it Air Resources Board - Homepage

You can read a lot more on which models run quiet etc and what to look for on our website at Volt Magazine's Quiet Generator Guide | Finding the best quiet generators

Hope that helps everyone.
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Old 10-06-2014, 02:47 AM   #33
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What about propane powered generators? I'm leaning that direction because I don't wish to deal with gas containers, spills etc.
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If you're a prepper, propane is pretty nice because the fuel doesn't go bad on you, but for normal regular use, they are pretty inefficient. They burn a bit cleaner and are a bit easier on the engine, but inefficient and you'll notice a reduction in available wattage. Propane can also be more difficult to locate than gasoline or diesel.

If you're worried about spills just get an extended run tank and hose. Mine uses a marine style locking fuel clip so you just plug and play. Just sayin :-)
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I've been living off the grid for the last two months, in Yosemite. (Yeah, that's another story for another time--but it was GREAT). Anyway. I had two Yamaha 2000, that I used. I couldn't be happier with their performance AND the DB level. I was the Campground Host, so I was very aware of the DB level. Can't go wrong with the Yamaha.
X2. Same setup here. The little Honda's probably run about the same. Very quite and fuel efficient. They ARE rather spendy though if you compare cost to wattage, but well worth the quiet, clean, light weight power. My Yamahas have never given so much as a hickup in the 2 years I've been running them.
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Old 10-06-2014, 07:48 AM   #36
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though i have no problems with Chinese-made inverter generators, like the Dometic or the Champion, the OP asked for the "Best and Quietest".

I agree. I recently was looking for the best in motorized bicycles. Bought a Honda 49cc. A Chinese clone would compare in no way. Many times you get what you pay for.

Since the age of 10, I have owned numerous Honda and Yamaha engines and have never had one break down on me but, have seen many of the Chinese engines break down in next to no time.

Check in with us after you have put them through a (hard) 5 year test.

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Old 10-06-2014, 08:04 AM   #37
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So many pros for the Honda...noise, weight, fuel economy, reliability.
All those were reasons to buy the two 2000i's that I presently still own.
I wanted to be able to run my A/C so the parallel feature is great.
But I still wanted the option of having to use only one for the better fuel economy....better then running a 3000i all the time..and chances are that one of the generators will always run.
I also have the extended run feature with the 6 gallon tank.
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Old 10-06-2014, 12:46 PM   #38
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Lots of comments. For me, quiet and reliable were the reasons I purchased 2 Honda 2k genies.

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If you're a prepper, propane is pretty nice because the fuel doesn't go bad on you, but for normal regular use, they are pretty inefficient. They burn a bit cleaner and are a bit easier on the engine, but inefficient and you'll notice a reduction in available wattage. Propane can also be more difficult to locate than gasoline or diesel.

If you're worried about spills just get an extended run tank and hose. Mine uses a marine style locking fuel clip so you just plug and play. Just sayin :-)
@Yarome, Thank you I don't find propane powered models on Camping World, did find them on Amazon, some are even dual fuel, gas and LPG.
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I've been living off the grid for the last two months, in Yosemite. (Yeah, that's another story for another time--but it was GREAT). Anyway. I had two Yamaha 2000, that I used. I couldn't be happier with their performance AND the DB level. I was the Campground Host, so I was very aware of the DB level. Can't go wrong with the Yamaha.
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