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11-23-2016 02:51 AM  3 years ago
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jhartsock3

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Generator recomendations
As winter approaches, and the hobby slows down for me and I have all the birds I need. So the focus this winter is on support supplies. The biggest of which is a generator.

With that being said I would like to stay under the 500.00 mark being that I rarely need it most places i fly have power.

So I'm looking for reviews and thoughts on the cheaper brands, Wen, Genac, harbor freight. I would like an inverter style with at least 1000 watts 2000 would be better but could get by with a 1000 as I also fly nitro so longer charge time not as important.
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11-23-2016 03:10 AM  3 years ago
honda411

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I just bought the cabelas champion 3700 watt continuous generator. First pull. Runs like a champ. 3700 watt is estimate without looking. It's black and green. I can post a pic later if you wantHeliDirect Field Rep, Synergy N7 w/ OS 105, Torq Servos, Cyclone/ Rail blades
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11-23-2016 03:20 AM  3 years ago
Tyler

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I own a Honda 2000 and Honda 1000. Most times the 1000 is plenty and the weight savings is highly appreciated by my middle aged body. I kept watching Craigslist for a great deal on one. My efforts were well paid off and the price was WELL under your budget.

I recently visited a field where everyone flies larger electrics, therefore they haul around 2k and larger generators. I let them pick up my Honda 1000 and they were amazed with the difference in handling ease and transportation benefits. They also realized I could keep up with he charging and flying pace of a shared flight line.

However, there is a time and place for a larger generator, thus the 2k. I can also parallel my two Hondas together if more power is needed.
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11-23-2016 03:20 AM  3 years ago
jhartsock3

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3700 might be a bit big. I have a small chevy sonic. It needs to fit in along with helis and flying gear.
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11-23-2016 03:26 AM  3 years ago
jhartsock3

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The honda 1000 is my ideal one based on size and my small car.
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11-23-2016 03:28 AM  3 years ago
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I would aim for 2000 (typically 1600 watts continuous) , they are more useful for power outages, running power tools, etc. Plus if you get into bigger electric packs in the future you will be all set.Tom
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11-23-2016 03:28 AM  3 years ago
Tyler

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You can charge all day with a Honda 1000 and keep flying with two, maybe three packs.

Do you charge with more than 20-30 amps?
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11-23-2016 03:34 AM  3 years ago
jhartsock3

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Typicaly my charging consists. Of two 6s 5000 paralled at 20amps. And a single pack on other port at less than 10 amps. Plane battery or flight pack for nitros. I rarely fly back to back electric. Unless practicing for nats. And I have two sets of packs for the 700. So if needed slower charge rates are ok. Or only running one side of the 308 at a time. Plus heli fun flys and ircha are when I will need it. So no plane batteries. So it will mostly be two 6s 5000 at a time. And I never go over 2c charge rates.
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11-23-2016 03:59 AM  3 years ago
Daved Gutierrez

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I have a Ryobi from home Depot and I paid $600 for it but one of my flying buddies bought the updated version of the same generator for $500. I have had mine for the last 3 years and it's been great.
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11-23-2016 04:11 AM  3 years ago
DennisH

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I would aim for 2000 (typically 1600 watts continuous) , they are more useful for power outages, running power tools, etc. Plus if you get into bigger electric packs in the future you will be all set.
I have a HONDA 2000 super quite generator/inverter.

I have a travel trailer, 30', this generator will run the AC, the Microwave, and a few lights at the same time if you start them off one at a time. Start the AC, let the compressor cut off, start the Microwave, then quick in the compressor on the AC, then you can turn on a few lights. This is pushing it to the max.

Point, the 2000 will run 2 power packs with no problems charging your batteries.

In the long run, you will be happier with the 2000, you will be surprised what other uses the 2000 is good for.
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11-23-2016 04:27 AM  3 years ago
Tyler

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I bought the Honda 2000 brand new, but I grew tired of the size and weight, especially for my cargo carrying capacity. I then bought the 1000 and prefer it much, much more. I do not have a camper that needs to be powered at this time.

I visit Muncie, IN multiple times per year, always during IRCHA, too. During non-peak events I simply use the available A/C power on site.
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11-23-2016 05:19 AM  3 years ago
jhartsock3

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That's me tyler. I fly at ama about two-three times a month and rest at two diffrent local clubs. All have power. Ircha and fun flys is the only time it will get used. These are also the times I carry the most stuff. So size is a big factor. The main reason I don't go with the ryobi. Its pretty big compared to others.
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11-23-2016 11:50 AM  3 years ago
rpat

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I have the Champion 2000 watt and I am kicking myself for not buying the Yamaha one. The Champion is a good one but the Yamaha is a lot more compact to move around. The champion was about $300.00 dollars less than the Yamaha and that is what sold me. I would buy the Yamaha over the Honda because the Yammy has a fuel shut off so you can empty the carb for storage but the Honda does not have this feature.trex 700fbl cal30,minititan,, trx600fbl,trex250,logo 500,Velocity N2
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11-23-2016 12:17 PM  3 years ago
pctomlin

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I have been using the Champion 2000W inverter generator (the yellow one) for four seasons now and have loved it. Great for traveling with in your vehicle (back of an SUV) with the fuel shutoff/vent cap closed so zero gasoline smell ever. It is always easy to start, usually at half pull of the first one. In Econ mode it sips gas and is super quiet at 53db. I have no complaints with it and it was well worth the cost, being half the price of a Honda.
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11-23-2016 01:33 PM  3 years ago
1helimech

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I have used the Ryobi "2000" for three years with no complaints and I'm always being asked to bring "my" geny so it has been used quite a bit ..No problems with it other than the stock spark plug once I put in an NGK plug it it has run flawlessly. got it for 450.00 on sale ie: black Friday I dream of a better world, A world where a chicken's crossing a road IS NOT questioned
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11-23-2016 01:45 PM  3 years ago
Heli_Splatter

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+1 on Ryobi... have had mine for three years paid $400 on a brand new returned unit. No problems whatsoever.

Side by side, it is a bit quieter than the Honda. It is an inverter generator.
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11-23-2016 02:20 PM  3 years ago
Tyler

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My first generator was a new Yamaha 1000. It was nice, the lightest available. The Honda 1000 actually handles higher loads better. It also is noticeably quieter and runs at a lower rpm per load.

The Honda 2000 does actually have a fuel shut off valve. The misconception everyone has is that there is not a fuel shut off. The fact is that the fuel shut off valve also cuts the ignition to the spark plug. Many people fear a gummed up carb because they cannot run the carb dry. There is a simple modification that can be done to add a push button or switch to the Honda 2000 that will indeed allow you to close the fuel valve, let the carb run dry, and store the generator with no fuel in the carb bowl. Be warned that this can take up to 15 minutes per session to run that carb dry if operating at an idle. I found this to be a waste of my valuable time.

I have been using marine grade Stabilz in all my fuel for years. I have not experienced any starting problems because of gummed up carbs in the past 5 years, even since I stopped running the carb dry on the Honda 2000.

Adding this hack/feature to the Honda 1000 is MUCH more complicated. I left it stock.

Hondas are quieter.

Don't be suckered into thinking that 3-5 decibels is not much because it is a HUGE increase in volume.
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11-23-2016 02:28 PM  3 years ago
jharkin

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My favorite generator is the Jewel -Jeremy
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11-23-2016 02:34 PM  3 years ago
Tyler

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Lets see that Jewel power a sump pump, or six.Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.
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11-23-2016 03:30 PM  3 years ago
ssmith512

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Great info here. Thanks to those sharing their experience. Perfect timing too as I am trying to decide between the Honda 1000 and Yamaha 1000 for my own field charging needs.Steve
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