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2,000 watt inverter generators

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by chuckster, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. chuckster

    chuckster Burning Hunk

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    I know this subject has been beaten to death but here goes anyway. I'm hearing good things about the Champion 2,000 watt inverter gen. Also Honda and Yamaha of course. Mainly what I would like to know if these 2000s could handle a Harman XXV pellet stove, refrigerator, TV and one or two lamps all at once. That would be the maximum I would put on it.

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  2. Thaddius Wenderoth

    Thaddius Wenderoth Feeling the Heat

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    Easy Cheesy! This is from Honda's website:



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  3. 343amc

    343amc Feeling the Heat

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    I have the Champion 2kw inverter generator. I've never run my stoves with it as the power hasnt gone out in the winter since i bought it, but it ran the fridge, tv and some lights when needed this past summer. It sips gas in Eco mode. I'd have no concerns about running my stoves off that unit.

    I ran my old Eclipse stove with the el cheapo Harbor Freight 800 watt unit several years ago. No sensitive electronics in that stove, but the motors sounded terrible. I only use that for dire emergencies now or lighting when camping. I have a 5500 watt Homelite with a 13 horse Briggs, and that thing keeps neighbors awake a mile away, burns a huge amount of fuel, but also can get water out of a 220 foot well. Haven't run that since August 2009 when power was out for a few days.
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  4. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    I have a chinese inverter .....works pretty good....but for some reason it wont run my fridge .....I think a safety mechanism on the compressor does not allow it...not sure...it is a 2000 surge model and runs a half horse sump pump so I think it is putting that out
  5. Thaddius Wenderoth

    Thaddius Wenderoth Feeling the Heat

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    I have a Champion 3500/4000 remote start. Love it. Can't beat the $399 I paid for it. It is loud but nowhere near the contractor ones (mine is made for an RV). 68dBi. And I can start it from the comfort of my couch!
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    Woody1911a1 Feeling the Heat

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    hows the noise from the champions ? anywhere's near as quiet as the honda/yamahas ?
  8. seige101

    seige101 Minister of Fire

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    Champion inverter owner here. I can run my pellet stove (enviro empress) fridge, 2 lights (led) and my dsl modem/wifi router with some room to spare. Sound is barely louder than a Honda.
  9. 343amc

    343amc Feeling the Heat

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    Noise is low. On Eco mode you can carry on a conversation next to it with no problem. It's barely audible in the house when it's out on the back patio running full bore.
  10. chuckster

    chuckster Burning Hunk

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    Thanks for the come backs guys. I have read nothing but good reviews about the Champion. And for half the price of the Honda or Yamaha I think I'll go for it. Hopefully my local Sams Club will have one on hand. If not I'll get one on line.
  11. moey

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    Ive been thinking of picking up one of the champion 2k ones at Cabelas. They often have the $30 off coupons so it would be $569. They have some used ones for $399 on some websites not sure if I want to go that route. I have a 3500watt champion dirty generator and have been very happy with it, had a minor problem with it and got them on the phone in less then 5 minutes and had a new part in two days.
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    Cabelas has them if you have one by you. Ship to store is free.
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    wife's going away in a couple of weeks . gonna plan delivery for then . ;)

    thanx for the link . can't beat the $399 price tag .
  14. N.E S4

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    If you're looking for price there are many brands out there. If you want quality you can't go wrong with a Honda, my EU2000 is 4 years old now. Last Oct 2011 it ran for 3 days straight and well as my regular use every summer.
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    Watching this post at first I thought the Champion was a full sized gen with an inverter. Only tonight (slow catching on) that these are the small portables.
    The price sure does seem a lot better than the others. How are you guys connecting these up to run your stoves. Not so sure I would want an extension cord passing by a door jamb in the middle of the winter.
    Funny how they manufacture these small portables with pure sine wave inverters, but on most full size units it's not even an option :mad: unless cost isn't a problem.
  16. N.E S4

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    You can install a box outside of your home and use a transfer switch with your main breaker box. You can choose which breaker to connect it to the transfer switch. You can also install and outlet, but transfer switch is the best way to go.
  17. smalltown

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    I don't have a picture of the Champion inverter generator, but I think it only has a single duplex outlet. not a twist lock type connector.
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    i run the cable from my bigger gen through a cellar window and seal with duct tape .
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    correct unless you buy 2 and the parallel kit then you get the l5-30r connector

    and 2 refurbs plus parallel connector is still way less than 1 honda or yammie
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    My Honda EU2000i ran for 36hrs continuously since the blizzard. It was tied to the main electrical panel, backfeeding through a 220v breaker, with a jumper to carry the juice to both legs of the panel. Main breaker is OFF for this kind of thing. I fully understand the liability of such a setup, the danger of backfeeding the lines, killing a linesman, etc. Please spare me the lecture on this, I lock out the main breaker before I setup the generator, there is no danger to the public.

    That said, the EU2000i powered the entire house, all the 110loads. That included: gas furnace, pellet stove, fridge, tv, cable, lights, etc. Yes, it will not run a coffeemaker, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, hairdryer added on top of the basic house loads but who cares? I had heat, food, lights and entertainment throughout the blackout. Many of my neighbors houses dropped down into the 30's over the past day. Yes the Honda is expensive. I've read plenty of comparisons between the cheaper competition and the Honda/Yamaha product. The cheaper competition is sometimes "almost" as good, and sometimes not even half. I've got three kids under 2 at home. My elderly parents and inlaws both have parallel EU2000i setups that run their entire houses flawlessly. I've always had good service from top shelf products. I've been burned rolling the dice on cheapies. Never again. I should say also that running a whole house on a relatively small generator requires some power management and commonsense. My entire house is CFL's and some LED's so the load from lighting is minimal, even so, if I'm not using them I turn them off. Same with any other load, use when needed, use one at a time when possible, etc. Do that and a small genny will do just fine.
  21. N.E S4

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    Cheap is never cheap it will always cost more
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  22. Thaddius Wenderoth

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    Well, I believe their are the three things to look at: Cost, Quality and Value. Value is the combination of cost and quality. I make my purchases based on value not cost or quality.
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    There is a comparison of some of these small inverter type units on Youtube somewhere.. Conclusion was that alot of the cheaper units didn't have the same "tru" wattage that the Hondas and Yamahas had. In an emergency situation, with only the cheapies left on the shelf... go with it, otherwise I'd save and grab a Honda EU2000. Great unit, go my friend through 2 weeks of no power during Sandy.
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    A good thing is that they conserve fuel.
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    I have the Honda EU2000 - Love it. Got my family (2 very young kids) through Sandy for 2 weeks with no problem. Quiet as you can get.

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