Quick Gennie question ........

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  1. camcondor

    camcondor Read Only Funster

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    Wanting to buy a suitcase gennie - I know Honda has always been "the best" and the most expensive by far :Eeek:

    What should I buy? A Honda EU20i or a Kiam Km2000i ?

    I want to buy one in the next few days..........just trying to make that final decision, to spend over £1k. Or to spend half of that on the Kiam.

    Plan to use when not on EHU and for topping up batteries (have solar panel as well) and also, importantly, to use at home for when we are plunged into misery this winter with all the powercuts and blackouts and bad weather forecast :Eeek: to charge and run a few home comforts and essentials.
     
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    Kiam....new boy on the block, may end up as good as Kipor...maybe not.

    Honda....proven reliability and a 5 year guarantee (providing its serviced annually or every 200 hours with written proof)
     
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    You need to ask yourself how often your battery needs topping when off hookup ? An additional battery or a bigger panel might be a better option.In all probability you want a generator but don't really. Need one..
    As for the blackouts etc if you believe that scaremongering its a shrink you need not a gennie !:Rofl1:
    You'll struggle getting your home comforts from a suitcase gennie in the worst case scenario,it would make better sense to park your mh outside your house
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    Vlad: 1. I am a shrink (seriously):Smile:ask the old timer members who know me
    2. I want to buy a gennie, not discuss the potential need or not - I have 2x110aH batts in the MH, a small solar panel and a Sterling battery maintainer to keep them / engine battery topped up when the sun actually shines (I may add another solar panel as well) but the gennie is in addition to anything else and for occasional use at home , at our storage area (no hook up).
    3. It would be nice if we are stuck without power to be able to run a telly, juice up ipads and phones and laptops etc. MH cannot be parked outside our property no room at all :Eeek:
     
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    Hi Dr

    May I ask why you have decided on a 2 instead of a 1kw?

    I have a similar set up to you but with more batteries...solar panel and b2b charger. The little I use my genny the 1kw does the job more than well enough other than using hi tech hair straighteners (not for me of course)..

    If I had locker space and to buy one again I may be tempted by the 2-0 but most people I've known with the 2 always tell me they wish they bought the 1-----:Blush:

    Any how, in answer to your question , Honda every single time. Let some one else test pilot the Kiam

    Hondas speak quality, you know ou won't be let down:thumb:
     
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    If you can buy the Honda I know its twice the price but its also twice the quality if you buy cheap you buy more than once.
    Many will disagree (kipor owners) but not the ones that have had trouble with them and thrown them away Buy a Honda and buy once
     
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    Vlad: 1. I am a shrink (seriously)ask the old timer members who know me


    Vlad, yes thats true, she is.

    Camcorder, As you have a duel use in mind, I would look at the Honda, and there is a agent in Crewe who sometimes have used models for sale with a warranty, could save a penny or two. If I can find the address I will post it.
     
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    Have you considered an on board genny??

    Expensive yes but worth it yes....

    The agent in Crewe also does these...
     
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    Cheap no Good Good no Cheap.

    Honda EU2

    Up to 2KVA heater.. electric Kettle.. electric Blanket (not all at once ).

    TV lap tops phone lights no problems .

    Kipor cheap Chinese copy of a Honda, some people swear by them, lots more people swear AT them:Wink:

    Kiam never heard of them, I have been using Hondas for over thirty years you cannot beat them.

    Les
     
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    Enough said.........:imoutahere:
     
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    Really because it gives more versatility for home use as well as trips in the MH.......not just to top up batteries.

    I suppose the temptation of the Kiam is that it is really just a pure sine wave inverter which runs on a 4 stroke engine.... and.has USB which saves a plug to use elsewhere!

    But I guess you are all right really - buy right buy once.........:Eeek:
     
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    Honda every time, EU2i , Cheap no good.. Good no Cheap:Wink:

    Tv pc, phone, lights, no problems.

    2 Kva heater,electric kettle, electric blanket(not all at once)

    Kipor cheap chinese copy of a Honda, some people swear by them a lot more people swear at them.

    Kiam never heard of them.

    Les
     
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    Whoops:Blush:
     
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    Honda. We have it, rarely use it, but when we do doesn't cause any noise problems to neighbours .

    Lin
     
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    Wow, service every 8 days useage, along with fuel and purchase price, that's expensive electrickery:Eeek:
     
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    I did and then, when it went phhhhhhhhhhut big time, after about 50 hours running, and beyond economic repair, even if you could get the bits, I bought the Honda. :Eeek:

    Question answered, that will be a pound. :Rofl1:
     
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    you're underpricing yourself Mike....

    theres a bloke with the same name on the other channel charges a Guinea for info like that.....:Rofl1:
     
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    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh PPJ, I charge them a Guinea because they own American RV's and according to some, can afford the extra. :thumb:

    These Ice Cream Box owners, I am told, can't afford it, so I benevolently keep the cost down for them. :Rofl1:
     
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