Portable Generator Reviews: Camping Generators

Portable Generator Reviews: Camping Generators
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Over the years we’ve sold countless portable inverter generators to campers, caravaners and motorhome enthusiasts all over the country. With each of our customers, we endeavor to get feedback on their experience using their new generator on their trips. This helps us to ensure we have happy customers (and happy campers!), as well as provide advice to new customers. It also allows us to pass on useful information to our manufacturers regarding suggested product improvements and the like.

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Our customers and experts review the best portable camping generators

Along with our data from in-house stringent testing of all our generator products, we’ve compiled reviews for some of the top selling recreational generators. Below we share with you ratings and feedback from our customers along with views from our generator experts here at My Generator:

1. Yamaha EF2000iS:  Rating 4.9/5

What Customers Say: “Needed the quietest possible generator and I reckon this is it. Lightweight and I get plenty of run out of a full tank. My brother has the connecting cables to join up and get double output when we’re on the road. A real winner – cheers, Rob.”  Robert Divenuto, Munno Para SA

My Generator Says: The best camping generator on the market: lightest, quietest and most fuel efficient in its class. In terms of the weight efficiency at 80 watts for every kilogram, it beats all the other 2000 watt inverter models available. We also like the fuel shut-off knob separate from the power switch, enabling you to drain the residual fuel in the carburetor. Many other brands (including Honda) don’t have this feature. In fact, when comparing the Yamaha EF2000iS to the Honda EU20i, the Yamaha wins on many fronts.

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The Yamaha EF2000iS – as far as camping generators go, it is extremely popular

2. Yamaha EF2400iS:  Rating 4.9/5

What Customers Say: “Runs everything: Freezer, 37 inch TV, two lamps, fan and refrigerator at the same time…check. 1600 watt space heater….check. I plugged the fridge and freezer in separately to avoid startup amps at the same time. The high capacity feature seems to allow the engine time to speed up before the increased power draw hits it. My old generator would drop RPM till it caught up, which made me worry. Quieter than my last unit too. Happy to recommend” Tom Grantham, Hervey Bay Qld

My Generator Says: The most popular generator for caravans as many caravan A/C units require more than 2000 watts at start-up. Remarkably quiet (around 54dBA) for a generator that produces 2400 watts at peak and 2000 watts continuously. It’s not just us who rate this generator highly, recently Caravan & Motorhome on Tour Magazine rated it the number 1 unit in a comparison test including 13 different portable generators across six brands.

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The Yamaha EF2400is inverter generator was rated number 1 by Caravan & Motorhome on Tour Magazine

3. Lectron EC2000i: Rating 4.5/5

What Customers Say: “My Lectron 2000w generator arrived 2 months ago and I’ve just got back from a 2 week camping trip up north. The genny worked well. Really impressed given that it cost me less than a third of the cost of a Honda!” Jack Leyden, Bundarra, NSW

My Generator Says: A value for money option for reserve power on your camping/caravan trip. If you aren’t going to use your generator very often then you can save yourself several hundred dollars and grab one of these. Similar specs to the premium brands, Lectron just doesn’t have the same warranty length or service network…again if you intend to use your generator only a handful of times per year then this model is worth considering. COMPANY NOTE: We no longer stock the Lectron range – lack of spare parts availability and after sales support meant that we could no longer support the brand. As a budget generator option, we now support a new generator model, the Cromtech Outback which is backed by over 500 service agents around the country. In terms of budget camping generators, Cromtech is our recommended brand. 

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Lectron is no longer the recommended budget generator option: we support the Cromtech Outback – it is backed up by nationwide service support agents.


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Sean Connolly

Sean Connolly

Managing Director at My Generator
Sean is the co-founder and Managing Director of My Generator (mygenerator.com.au)
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