coleman generator?

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by Lory, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. Lory

    Lory New Member

    Can anybody tell me why the coleman generators are so cheap compared to like a Honda? Do the Honda's have something better or different that raise the price? The Honda 2000 is like $1000.00 and the coleman 5000 is like $550.00. What is the difference? Does it have something to do with an inverter? What is an inverter? :question:

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  2. Will Daniels

    Will Daniels New Member

    coleman generator?

    For long life and quietness its hard to beat a Honda. Most of the cheap ones have basically a lawnmower engine and I have read they are not allowed at some State and National Parks.
     
  3. Will Daniels

    Will Daniels New Member

    coleman generator?

    For long life and quietness its hard to beat a Honda. Most of the cheap ones have basically a lawnmower engine and I have read they are not allowed at some State and National Parks.
     
  4. Will Daniels

    Will Daniels New Member

    coleman generator?

    For long life and quietness its hard to beat a Honda. Most of the cheap ones have basically a lawnmower engine and I have read they are not allowed at some State and National Parks.
     
  5. hertig

    hertig Senior Member

    coleman generator?

    Most generators generate an approximation of a 120 volt sine wave. It can vary in voltage and/or frequency, and almost always has a very noisy 'stepped' wave form. This low quality power can cause some electronic equipment annoyance (buzzing flourescent lights, computer confusion, etc), failure to work (my VCR/TV) or even, in some cases, possibly damage. The 'Inverter' generators by Honda (and a few others) run the generated power through circuitry which results in power at least as clean as you get off the power grid (and in many cases, better :).

    Honda EU series generators are also fuel efficient and much quieter than other generators, due in part to their ability to run slower during times of low demand. Plus, Honda just seems to be better quality than the junkers. Sort of like choosing between a Proto screwdriver for $12 or a chinese import for 79 cents. Both will do the job, but you'll be happier with the Proto in the long run...

    An 'inverter' is, by definition, a device which converts DC current to AC current. Those things which you plug into your cigarette lighter and then plug a small 120v appliance into, for instance. It does not appear that Honda's 'Inverter' generators actually have an inverter in them, though. Written by a marketing person rather than an engineer, apparently...
     

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