The Best Camping Generator Reviews
If you want to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without giving up all of your favorite modern conveniences, camping with a generator is a good option. With a genny you can use a microwave, charge electronics, or let the kids wind down with a movie. But choosing the right portable camping generator can take a lot of research.
When you’re looking for a power source to take with you camping, inverter generators are really the only option. This is because while traditional generators can provide more power, they’re much louder than inverters. Also, inverter generators produce clean power, which means it won’t have spikes in power that could ruin your electronics.
Four Top Rated Reviews
WEN 56200i, 1600 Watts Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator Review
This generator is light weight, easy to use, and one of the more affordable options out there. Its half-load run time is 6 hours and it will hold 1 gallon of gas. It’s also the smallest and quietest generators on this list.
The Wen weighs 48 pounds, which will make loading and unloading easy. It also has plenty of outlets for everything:
- Two three-prong 120V receptacles
- One 12V DC receptacle
- One 5V USB port
Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Inverter Generator Review
With the Honda generator you get what you pay for: the reliability Honda is known for. If you plan on using this for years to come, it’s worth it to invest in a quality generator that, if used correctly, could out live you. The Honda also has a warranty option.
It runs at 1600 watts and weighs 46 pounds. It will run for 3.4 hours at the rated load and 8.1 hours at ¼ the rated load, so you should be able to run it through the night. And you won’t bother you fellow campers because the Honda is super quiet and super portable – perfect for camping.
Briggs & Stratton 30651 P2200 PowerSmart Series Portable Generator Review
This generator falls in the mid-range on price. At 55 pounds it’s a little bit heavier than the others listed, but it has a collapsible handle and wheels, which makes transporting it around even easier.
It will run at 2200 watts, so if you’re looking for something with more power but don’t want to break the bank, this could be right one for you. The Briggs & Stratton also has the ability to be paralleled with another Briggs generator, which adds even more power capabilities – perhaps overkill for camping, but hey you could have a big family to feed!
Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Portable Generator Review
This is a good generator if you’re looking for more power and are willing to pay extra for cool features. The wireless remote start allows you to turn it on and off from anywhere on the campsite (up to 80 feet away), which means you can keep it as far from camp as possible. It will produce 3100 starting watts and 2800 running watts, but the trade-off is that it’s not as quiet as the others on this list.
While this generator weighs much more than the others (95 pounds), it does have a foldaway handle and wheels to help with mobility. The fuel tank can hold 1.6 gallons, and it will run for 8 hours at ¼ the load.
What to look for
A quiet generator – Some campsites don’t allow generators because of the noise. Whichever model you choose it needs to be quiet. You don’t want to disturb the people around you or to have it disturb your own peace and quiet.
Size – Compact is always best when camping as space is your biggest commodity, so you don’t want all of it taken up by one piece of equipment. Smaller generators are also more portable and easier to load and unload.
Features – Some generators come with extra features that can make your trip even more convenient. You can find ones that have USB ports, which allow you to plug your electronics directly into the generator. Some have remote starters or digital displays that show you how much power you’re using and how much fuel you have left.
Outlets – As far as outlets go, a bit of prior planning will ensure you get a portable genny that can power all of your gizmos and gadgets. What, exactly will you be using the generator for? Which of those might be in use at the same time? You want to make sure you have enough outlets for everything you plan to plug in at the same time. This is where the USB outlet might come in handy.
Power – The wattage of the generator (eg: 2000W, 1000W) will determine how much power your generator can deliver at once. Camping generators are typically smaller and can deliver less power, but then again you probably won’t be plugging in high usage devices. You can see a list from Honda showing you the estimated wattage of appliances so you can calculate what rating of generator you need.
Run time -You’ll probably want a generator with a long run time, especially if you plan on running it through the night for the AC or heater. Some models are more efficient than others, and so if you get an efficient model with a longer run time then this will limit the amount of gas you’ll need to bring, which will save both space and money.
Durability – How often do you go camping? How long are your trips? How much will you be relying on your generator? If you go camping often and depend on a generator to make your meals, durability should be one of the first things you look for. You don’t want your generator cutting out when it’s dinner time on your fourth night of a trip.
Price – This piece of equipment will do a lot of traveling, so keep that in mind when determining how much you want to spend on a generator. Generally, you’ll need to spend money in order to get a quality generator that will fit all of your needs. But, depending on the type of camping you’re doing, you might only need a generator that can charge a few phones. In that case, there’s no need to get a large, expensive generator when a more compact and cheaper one would serve your needs.
Warranty – Some generators come with a warranty. Usually this will only come with the more expensive models. It could be worth springing for one of these if you plan on getting a lot of use out of the generator. If you plan on this being a long-term investment, it could save you a lot of money in the future.
No matter which generator you choose, be sure to check first with the campsite to make sure generators are allowed or if they have any special requirements for generators. We hope you have found this article useful, please feel free to leave your comments and thoughts below.