I sold my generator I had, used it once for a backup power source, and I was thinking of bringing it along when we were out in the sticks for portable power. 6.5 hp, 4 gallons, 4000 watts... way too much. It was like having a Hummer for a commuter car... just a bit excessive. So I bought a Honda instead... well not really a honda, commuter car metaphore.
I got it at Costco, ($219) it's a great little generator, 1850 watt, 1.3 gallon tank, will run 4 hours at 1/2 load... plenty enough to run the essentials camping in the sticks (lights, 12v charger, fridge... you get the idea.) For as much as I will probably not use it, it will work just fine and I will get my money out of it 10 fold. If you compare this to a Honda EU2000i at $1000, I'd say I got a pretty good deal. The Honda is 59db, this one is at 64db, but noise is noise I guess.
So I swapped out this one (100 pounds, no wheels):
for this one (60 pounds with wheels and enclosed):
Introducing the 2009 2.4 Horse Power 4 Stroke Air-Cooled 1850 Watt Powermight Portable Generator! Strong, Reliable, Economical and Practical, this is the most modern quietest enclosed generator on the market today making it ideal for all outdoor recreational activities. Weighing in at only 60lbs this ultra quiet portable generator combines power and portability. The PowerMight 1850 is equipped with an extending arm with handle for easy rolling, which makes it very convenient to bring anywhere you go!
Features & Specifications
Engine: 2.4 Horse Power, Air-Cooled, 4-Stroke OHV Gasoline Powered
Displacement: 79.0 cc
Fuel Tank: 1.3 Gallon / 4.9 Liter
Rated Voltage: 120 VAC
Rated Frequency: 60 Hz
Rated AC Output: 1200 Watt
Peak AC Output: 1850 Watt
Rated DC Output: 12 V
Rated DC Current: 8.3 A
Noise Level: 64 DB measured from 20’ away
Dimensions: 18.5” x 15” x 19”
1 Year Warranty