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Old 02-03-2010, 07:53   #1 (permalink)
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has anybody got or had a clarke ig 1000 suitcase inverter generator, as sold in machine mart for approx 250. if so what did you think of it ? i know honda are the best and quietest but 700 seems a lot of money just to watch the occasional bit of tv and charge up my leisure battery whilst parked up off sites . i have had clarke badged compressors before (made in italy i think ! ) and always been able to get spares etc , but never anything electronic . it seems everything is made in china now and the after sales backup from that part of the world leaves a lot to be desired ! i have read some of the previous posts on the kipor generator but i havent found anything on the clarke !
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link to it below. I don't know much about them, but notice from that link the 12 volt output is only 5 amps. The output from the standard alternator on my standard Sevel (Citroen Relay/Peugeot Boxer / Fiat Ducato) van is 160 amps. So I think I'll stick with running the engine to charge the batteries.
I wouldn't want to only charge the leisure battery without topping up the main van battery anyway.

http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...ype-generators
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I have a Clarke Suitcase generator. Starts 2nd pull and charges through the hook up OK. Weighs about 17Kg and is about the same sort of dimensions as the Honda or Kipor genies. Stores OK in my smallish garage in the van.
Haven't stood next to a Honda when it's been running, so cannot comment on the noise levels, but on the eco setting it seemes quiet enough. Haven't tried it for charging a battery, but as stated, it would probably take some time using the 12 volt leads.
Have a look at the Planet range of generators if you want to see the Clarke with a nice Blue, instead of Red casing - and then compare the prices
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but notice from that link the 12 volt output is only 5 amps.
Almost irrelevant. You use the 240V for charging normally which gets you up to 1000W or 83A if your on board charger is up to it ( which is probably isn't, more like 20A ).

Still nothing like your alternator.
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has anybody got or had a clarke ig 1000 suitcase inverter generator, as sold in machine mart for approx 250.
Looks identical to the one we have apart from ours is blue.

Does what it says on the tin.

I'd say it's noisy but we hardly ever use it so that does not matter.

Inverter/sinewave output so safe to use.
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Just had an email from Machine Mart technical who stock Clarke Generators and I am told they they do not have pure sinewave.
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that must mean then, that their own advert that says it has "pure sine wave technology" is a false trade description ! they better watch out for the summons from the trading standards office eh !
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Just had an email from Machine Mart technical who stock Clarke Generators and I am told they they do not have pure sinewave.
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I wonder if they are covering their backsides. The case says "Inverter Technology" now that could be anything from a crude square wave to a pseudo sinewave.

All MP3 players generate sinewaves we think are real by sending out very high frequency pulses that act on the earphones to produce effectively a sinewave.

This is what good quality inverters will do, not "by the legal book" a pure sinewave but a synthesized 50Hz good enough for delicate equipment.

If I can find the time I'll stick a scope on ours.
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