There’s quite nothing like some time spent amid the soul-soothing and healing ambiance of untouched nature. For centuries, humans have always felt the need to escape their harried lives in the cities to take solace in the arms of serene and tranquil natural wilderness. Whether in RVs, caravan, campers or tents, camping out is a fun and totally relaxing activity. However, we also do not want to be completely separated from modern conveniences which seem to make our lives just a little bit easier. Therefore, a source of power becomes important.
Choosing the right electric power generator for camping and outdoor activities comes down to 3 primary considerations
- Portability, and
A good camping generator should easily power up and run your 13,500 BTU air conditioner, refrigerator, microwave oven, charge laptops and cellphones, and even let you watch your favorite shows while you are far from home. In this case, a portable generator with a power output of 3000-watts upwards should suffice, except if you do not run the A/C unit then you can use a smaller 2,000 watts portable generator. Keep in mind that as the power rating of a generator goes up so does the size and the noise levels.
You should be able to single-handedly load up your portable generator into the back of your truck, without injuring your back of course. With a compact and lightweight design, a good portable generator is also more likely to be fuel efficient and run quietly – all features that are ideal for camping. While most larger portable generators come with wheel kits and handles to enhance maneuverability, a good camping portable generator weighing 50lbs to 70lbs can be easily moved in and out of a truck.
Silence is golden. Nowhere is this maxim more apt than on a campsite. You do not want your source of power to be a source of disturbance to you and other campers. A great portable generator for camping out should hum along at a gentle 45dB to 60dB. For comparison, the normal human conversation is measured at 60dB and a vacuum cleaner at 70dB. Generator noise levels are a function of the size of the engine and the load on it. Noise reducing features may also be built in the design of exhaust mufflers and casing of the generator.
If by now you are already thinking of an Inverter generator, you are right on point.
An inverter generator makes good use of advanced electronics to combine all three attributes – relatively sufficient power, portability, and quietness in a way that is unmatched by conventional generators. They are also more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. This makes them by far the best generator for camping. In addition, power addicts can buy 2 units of a “parallel-ready” model type and connect them to double the power. For most users, however, one unit is usually enough, and you can select appliances to run at a particular point in time so as not to exceed the rated output.