Which Generator is the quietist/most efficient? (1 Viewer)

Teasy2007

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After many years of motorhoming we have realised that we need a Generator so that we can charge Mike’s oxygen machine and scooter when we aren’t on hook up.

The question is which is the quietist of the ‘silent ‘ suitcase generators.

We stood at the side of the Kippor and it was not silent by any means. My test is, would I like to be parked next to that when it was running? The answer was no.

There are quite a few ‘silent’ suitcase generators on eBay, so what does silent mean?

Any advice or personal experience gratefully received.
 
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Just been watching a YouTube video about a new solar generator,, it actually looks good!

They’ll be here soon!!
 

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Plus you have to think of the weight ie picking it up I have a eu2.0 here and you would not pick that up Ginny

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I bought a Honda eu1kw, to be described as silent is ludicrous. Solar panels are silent, surely 300w would meet your described needs?
 
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I bought a Honda eu1kw, to be described as silent is ludicrous. Solar panels are silent, surely 300w would meet your described needs?

If only the sun shone brightly all the time you are quite right, but we are in a campsite in the rain and heavy clouds at the moment and if we did not have hook up then Mike would not be able to charge his mobility scooter and he would be unable to leave the Motorhome.

Needs must, I’m afraid.
 
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They are all noisy if you are close and the surroundings are very quiet.
Having said that the Honda is probably the best, most reliable and quietest. But, it is quite expensive.
We have had a 1kw Honda for years and cart it around with us if we are going to be off grid in poor weather. Hardly ever use it but it always starts when we do need it.

Use it sensibly so as not to annoy your neighbours and it will solve your problem and not upset anyone.

Richard.
 
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They are all noisy if you are close and the surroundings are very quiet.
Having said that the Honda is probably the best, most reliable and quietest. But, it is quite expensive.
We have had a 1kw Honda for years and cart it around with us if we are going to be off grid in poor weather. Hardly ever use it but it always starts when we do need it.

Use it sensibly so as not to annoy your neighbours and it will solve your problem and not upset anyone.

Richard.

It seems many people buy them ‘just in case’ and they end up sitting in the back of the Motorhome unused. We need a reliable one which will be used every time we go out without hook up, which is most of the time.

For years we have coped very well just using solar and two batteries, but situations change and we need 240 at some stage every time we go out now.

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No small generator is 'silent'------- efoy is but too little power for you and too expensive IMHO---------i don't believe that anyone would complain if you used a little Honda for medical reasons?????? We used to run ours in a canvas type dog box to muffle the noise a bit, that made quite a difference----- a small honda just ticking over charging the batteries will be pretty quiet then use inverter to power 240v equipment will probably be the least noisy I think.
Of course solar panels are silent but they won't get your equipment going when they are not working because of overcast weather------- we have 500w of solar and big batteries but sometimes we have to run our Genny!!!!!!!
 

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A guy near us at Peterborough was running a Honda 1.0. It completely changed my attitude to generators, the thing was whisper quiet and from what the guy was saying, reliable etc.

Not the cheapest but would definitely be at the top of my list...
 

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We carry a honda generator for exactly the same reasons. By a country mile the honda is the quietest and most reliable. You get what you pay for and the expense of a honda generator is equal to its high quality
 

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Most of the lower cost suitcase genny’s are Chinese. Clarke etc. All from two or three factories. They work pretty well and have been around a while. But a Honda eu10 is, as stated, a better thing in every respect. A sound deadening box (with exhaust vent) would make it less noisy. I bought mine s/hand for £350 I think. Do a search.
 
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We've got a Honda Eu10i inverter generator for winter use when wild camping in the middle of winter in the depths of the Galloway Forest, solar would be useless.

Ours runs on LPG & has never been ran on petrol, so no fuel smells in the vehicle.
Starts on very first pull of the cord, no matter how long its been sitting, no choke required & away she goes.
If I'm only charging the hab batteries then tickover on auto throttle is perfectly adequate so noise is minimal & there's no-one around to be annoyed by it.

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Would a b 2 b charger suit your needs , just that it would save you lifting a generator in and out.
 
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I’m not sure what that is, we have a solar panel and 2 gel batteries and the solar trickle feeds the cab battery when the hab batteries are full.
 

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