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    morning all

    we went camping Dec at Kosi bay and our camping site was under trees and my solar panel was not woking efficently.

    that is the best small generator to buy(mostly it is used to run the fridge and some solar ligts at night)
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    it must be quiet as well the one that we evently use was making a huge noise

    was looking at the small HONDA but the price is about R11500,THE Yamaha EF 200 is about R11000.

    They also got a Yamaha EF1000 is for R4000

    please give me some advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjarrie View Post
    morning all

    we went camping Dec at Kosi bay and our camping site was under trees and my solar panel was not woking efficently.

    that is the best small generator to buy(mostly it is used to run the fridge and some solar ligts at night)
    )

    it must be quiet as well the one that we evently use was making a huge noise

    was looking at the small HONDA but the price is about R11500,THE Yamaha EF 200 is about R11000.

    They also got a Yamaha EF1000 is for R4000

    please give me some advice

    tjarrie
    Haha, guys here will tell you there's no such thing as a quiet camping generator (and it is true - also depends on your camping neighbours' patience). Without going into the noise issue: At night you should not need the gen, because you can charge batteries during the day.

    Having done lots of homework on small gens (<3kVa) for backup, my opinion is that you should either go with Honda or Yamaha, or go without one. I have seen far too many complaints re. Chinese jobs that pack up, then there are no spares. The Honda EU series of inverter models are reliable and quiet. I have not seen the Yamaha inverter models being readily available in SA. Any open frame generator will be extremely noisy.

    The Yamaha EF2000i is also an inverter model, similar to the Honda EU20i. I believe the Yamaha EF1000 (the original one) is an old model?

    For camping fridge and charging batts, a 1000 VA model would be fine...or get larger solar panels with a longer cable.
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    Just put a Jeep badge on it, the thing will quit soon enough.

    On a serious note, I found the "silenced" generators to be massively overpriced compared to the similar kw normal version.
    Also stick to brands that can be serviced easily in your area.
    Also, try get the same fuel version as the car you drive.
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    Just extend your solar panel cabling - will be much cheaper an no disruption to neighbours, If asked nicely they will even allow you to place your panels on their plot to catch the sun.
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    Please supply your years camping schedule with site numbers if possible.....

    ...and on a serious note, never even think of a genny at night if you can see other campers.
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    I got nice long cables (25m) for my panels, some places the panels has to be moved during the day but no noise...

    The purr of my Engel is sometimes too loud, depending on where I camp.
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    Some good advice here re those gennies, so please stay away from "quit" generators. R4k will buy you all the extended cable you would ever need to get the panels in the sun and cases full of beer to make everything pleasant during your camping experience.

    There are members on this forum who would (if in the same camp as you) produce axes should you run your gennie at night. If you behave yourself or with some luck the axe will not be used on you, but merely to make that gennie completely quiet - as in forever.

    You have been warned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Please supply your years camping schedule with site numbers if possible.....

    ...and on a serious note, never even think of a genny at night if you can see other campers.
    Net so!

    I put my fridge in the back of the bakkie, so with every drive the battery gets charged. If you camp in shady conditions, you park your vehicle in the sun and your batteries can be charged by the solar panels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pietsweis View Post
    I got nice long cables (25m) for my panels, some places the panels has to be moved during the day but no noise...

    The purr of my Engel is sometimes too loud, depending on where I camp.
    I agree - get longer solar cables!

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    I priced a Honda inverter generator at Honda Zambezi - R28 000

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    I am another of the solar panel and LONG lead brigade ....


    During the loadshedding I looked at a "small genny".

    The good units are VERY expensive !!

    Couple of reasons for this :

    - at low loads small generators start "hunting". So need one properly set up to cope with very low loads.
    - The next item relates to how the generator delivers its power. Those expensive units have high quality pure sine wave inverters as the delivery mode. With the hunting and poor output control the cheap units deliver power surges ... DONT go that route !!!
    - the sound dampening is almost just a bonus with these units.


    you can get good quality "large" generators for a fraction of the price of a decent small generator.


    IF you decide against a long cables and do buy a generator - do yourself a favour and save up for one of those insanely expensive units.

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