Mickey Blu generators

Submitted: Monday, Jan 17, 2022 at 19:04
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I did a search but couldn't find a single reference. Has anyone got one of the Mickey Blu gennies? After opinions, ideally about the latest 3.5 kVa models. Cheers.
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Reply By: RMD - Monday, Jan 17, 2022 at 20:29

Monday, Jan 17, 2022 at 20:29
Rusty Iron.
Anyone can buy a batch of very very similar, if not the same generators and give bad or no warranty at a reasonably attractive price. Some reviews back this up. Look carefully at the features and panel/ controls so as to see other offerings the same. As soon as the key rating is stated as more than a similar size I would be very concerned if it was all true. Even with well known brands, parts are expensive, BUT, with a cheap brand no parts are/may be available so if a major component fails, all is lost. Is warranty availability real?
Why would someone use their own name as his name is Mickey and obviously it is Blue. So are Yamaha gens but they aren't Yamaha Blu. Perhaps a get rich easy money generator, maybe not. Go and physically look at similar/same generators and begin to gauge the benefits or disadvantages. Honda parts and Yamaha are fairly good quality components, are the cheaper ones also up there? Many of these come from the same Xi based source and rebadged and renamed to suit.
PS what happened to the "E". Should be Bloo!
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Follow Up By: Rusty Iron - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 08:17

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 08:17
Thanks RMD. After posting this question, and after further homework, I'm staying well away. Found a number of bad reviews regarding almost zero backup for problems, even for people in WA where he (and I) are based. And the good reviews were so gushing as to be very likely fake. I'm walking swiftly away in the opposite direction. And in further good news, the Minister For No Fun has agreed it is false economy to go cheap. Honda here I come!
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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 11:35

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 11:35
Rusty Iron
Seems you found similar reports of not much service as well. Best to buy a generator, if required, which has more capability than the load imposed so the poor generator isn't running flat to the floor in capacity just to make it all happen. I imagine, no proof, but some of the cheaper ones may well deliver the stated ability but are running with no inherent reserve of heat of components safety so are near to failure as soon as anything but normal operation is experienced, ie, hot up north and running aircon but genny can't run cool enough to survive. Happens with vehicles too.
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Reply By: Gerard S - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 11:48

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 11:48
Hi from WA. Mickey Blue had a retail
Outlet in Midvale. I cruised it a few times. From memory he said the gennys were manufactured by Hyundai. He also used to sell solar panels etc. He was a very talkative gentleman and very enthusiastic. Did I buy one? Yeah...nah. (bought a Honda )
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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 14:43

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 14:43
Easy to search Hyundai gennies to see if same same. Some Hyundai's had problems and parts hard to get in the world. One caravan/outdoor mob sell Hyundai, way cheaper for same as others, I wondered why and didn't buy.
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Reply By: Bazooka - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 13:33

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 13:33
Think JJAdv may have used them Rusty. Seem to recall a couple of threads he started on Exploroz.

........Searched and managed to find one of his threads: Sine wave generator testing

That led me to his Youtube channel:JJ Adv Youtube. See "Operation Power Kalbarri."

Don't know how you'd contact him but he seems like a very honest and straightforward fella who doesn't embellish.
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Follow Up By: Rusty Iron - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 13:46

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 13:46
Thanks Bazooka. Have watched a few of JJ's videos and saw the Kalbarri one just yesterday. However....I've decided to spend the money and go for the latest Honda 2.2 kVa unit instead, from a genuine Honda dealer. It will power my little van easily, and I'll have no problems Australia wide for backup and servicing. And a 4 year warranty.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 13:54

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 13:54
Good choice I think Rusty. My past experience with Hondas in the bush was painless. Overall their reputation seems well deserved.
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 14:06

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 14:06
Following on from what Rusty Iron said
If you buy any product with a Honda motor make sure they are a genuine Honda dealer as the motor is warranted Australia wide, the rest of the device is warranted by the brand of item you bought.
If you buy an item with a grey import Honda motor your warranty will be with whoever you bought it from not Honda.

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Follow Up By: JJAdv - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 18:47

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 18:47
Nothing wrong with the Honda.. will be a great little genny.. I think they are smaller than the MB, and that can be an advantage if you don't need the capacity.
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Reply By: JJAdv - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 18:45

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 18:45
Hi, I have a MB genny. I have used it remote and had no issues. Mick is an interesting guy. I guess he could be called eccentric. I actually don't know him that well, but he helped out with the Kalbarri project, he has helped me out with a few parts for other peoples gennys. Not that much really as they are very reliable, but he has most things available. He has a 5 year warranty, and he answers the phone..

I dont think his gennys are any worse that anyone else's. We also have Yamaha x2 in the family, and had far more trouble with those, and the parts were not available..

Would I but another MB, Yes, but I would also consider a Honda.. even another Yamaha in a pinch.. Honda make good reliable products, just expensive for what you get output wise.

The advantage MB has is they are 3.5Kva.. and they do actually do this, I have tested them on a meter. The Honda around the same class are 2.2.. just not enough for what most people seem to want these days.

I have no issue picking up the phone for a chat if required.. Mick did help us out getting generators, but we paid for them all. So I can be 100% honest.




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Follow Up By: Rusty Iron - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 19:00

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 19:00
Thanks JJ. I've gone for the 2.2 Honda but certainly not entirely because MB is either bad or good. I did some more homework about what I really need to run my van. The Honda is more than adequate for my needs. While it is more expensive, it is also that little bit lighter and smaller. With bad arthritis in both hands, ease of handling and storage become more important than most things.
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Follow Up By: JJAdv - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 19:10

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 19:10
they are a good unit.. the MB is on the heavy side..
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Reply By: RMD - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 21:04

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 21:04
I looked at the Hyundai site and they don't offer a 3.5kw generator, so hard to understand the claim the Mickey Blu is made by Hyundai. Perhaps there is an explanation! Do they make them but don't sell them?
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Follow Up By: Member - cruza25 - Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 at 13:40

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 at 13:40
I think it just they don’t sell them here

This is from Hyundai uk

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Follow Up By: JJAdv - Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 at 16:22

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 at 16:22
I tested mine with a Meter, and it cuts out right on the knocker of 3.5.. The Outbax version is the same spec as MB. They might be the same unit.. MB has a better warranty and spares, I think thats the difference.

Maybe MB gets some different internals, he does visit the factory and could get some custom changes.. what they are or could be, Im not sure.
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Follow Up By: Rusty Iron - Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 at 21:36

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 at 21:36
This showed up in my YouTube today. I couldn't be bothered watching all of it. Others can if they're interested. Allegedly about having them made at Hyundai.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yafRfyF-sY0
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Follow Up By: RMD - Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 at 23:13

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 at 23:13
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It is puzzling to know the truth, the info you supplied is same as what I saw on the Australian Hyundai site. No 3.5 kw units which look like the rounded plastic cases type but the claim is they are Hyundai made. The 3.5 kw is 3100 and 3000 continuous according to mickey site so not sure how it is called a 3.5kw when it isn't.
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Follow Up By: qldcamper - Thursday, Jan 20, 2022 at 09:59

Thursday, Jan 20, 2022 at 09:59
After dealing with outbax with flexable solar panels I would not trust any of their advertising claims.
None of their flexables are sufficient in size to be their advertised output unless the cell efficiency is as high as 35% which is currently not possible.
They finally got back to me last week, 2 years after I gave up on them.
Be warned, do not deal with them.
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Reply By: JJAdv - Thursday, Jan 20, 2022 at 13:48

Thursday, Jan 20, 2022 at 13:48
Yes, the MB is made by Hyundai .. Like a lot of these companies, they make their own brand, and also "what label" to anyone who wants to have their own branded product.. this is very common in nearly every industry..

You can also ask for changes and improvements, for a cost.. for example, for a while MB was getting stainless fuel tanks, while the normal one had plastic tanks.

Here is a video of the MB generators being put together.. I found this on YT when researching generators..

BTW, they are Hyundai (Korean) but they are made in China..

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Follow Up By: JJAdv - Thursday, Jan 20, 2022 at 13:51

Thursday, Jan 20, 2022 at 13:51
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Reply By: Dean K3 - Friday, Jan 21, 2022 at 17:50

Friday, Jan 21, 2022 at 17:50
as far as I am aware MB went out of business. Had a shop front for number of years in Mundaring (where I live) and then headed down the hill to Midvale.

after maybe a year or two it disappeared altogether and any google searches stated permanently closed.
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Follow Up By: JJAdv - Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 09:36

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 09:36
He just closed down the retail outlets, and went wholesale.. and he does the camping and caravanning circuit..

He is well and truly still in the generator business.
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