Just because you are going camping doesn't mean you can't enjoy the creature comforts of the modern world, these days generators are as popular on the caping checklist as the tent. There is a lot to consider when purchasing a camping generator, choosing a quiet generator with sufficient power output (KVA) for your appliances will provide you with a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience. Furthermore, there are many sensitive electronics that we take on our camping trips such as phones, portable speakers, and laptops, that can get damaged if the generator is not providing a clean, consistent output of power. Given there is a wide range of generators from power models, to pure sine wave inverter models, it can be difficult to choose the right one to suit your needs. Therefore, we have put together a guide to help you make the right decision.
Enhance Your Camping Experience With A Generator!
A generator is a great addition to a camping trip, but which one is right for your next adventure?
Generators can be quite expensive, so some people opt to hire a generator instead. However, with the introduction of flexible payment options like ZipPay, there is no better time to get yourself a generator for that next camping trip. At Revolution Industrial, we stock a wide range of quality inverter and portable generators with a varying max output, as well as a comprehensive range of genuine accessories to complement your unit.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, our expertly trained staff will be able to recommend a suitable camping generator just for you.
What to look for
Petrol or Diesel
In general, diesel-powered generators have less wear and tear than their petrol-powered counterparts, allowing for prolonged life - but it comes at a cost. The downside is the initial purchase cost will be quite expensive. If you are someone who camps regularly then a diesel camping generator may be something worth considering.
Inverter vs Traditional Models
Inverter generators are becoming much more popular for the camping industry. Their main selling point is their pure sine wave technology. An inverter generator can produce a safe constant AC power which is suitable for sensitive electronics such as phones and laptops as they require a smooth source of electricity, free from surges (power spikes). An inverter model can be quite expensive, but they are a lot quieter and more efficient than a traditional (non-inverter) generator.
Maximum output vs Rated output:
It is important to watch out for the rated output a generator can provide as it really determines whether it is suitable for all your appliances. Max output emphasises how much power it can produce but that does not mean it is able to consistently do so. A safe and proper way to see if the generator is suitable for you is by looking at its rated output. Rated output is measured either in watts or KVA. Generally, 1 KVA = 1000 watt. To power up a phone would use 10 watts while a decent size of a refrigerator would use 1700 watts. A general rule is your generator needs to have at least 2 or 3 times when comparing to the biggest camping appliance. So, you would need a minimum rated output of 3400 watts or 3.4KVA generator to power up your refrigerator and this is not including charging your phone.
Portability vs standby
While standby generators can accommodate much higher power demand, they are no good when you want something to pack in the car or 4WD and go camping. A portable, inverter generator may cost more for the same power output from a standby generator, but the slim design will make it much more manageable when you are cramping all of your camping gear into the back of the car!
There are many generator brands out in the market. A genuine, premium brand like Yamaha will cost more, but their products are backed with an Australia wide warranty which gives you a peace of mind when deciding to invest in a piece of specialised equipment like a generator.