Sunlight generator

Submitted: Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 21:19
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I am currently looking for a 1000w generator to take out for long trips bush camping to recharge a 130Ah Trojan battery through a 3 stage 20A charger. I have seen the Honda generators but I have also seen a generator made by Sunlight. Has anyone heard of Sunlight generators? I would appreciate any good/bad experiences.
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 21:33

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 21:33
Why do you need a 1000w generator to power one 20A charger? Overkill springs to mind.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 21:39

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 21:39
Don't know the Sunlight, but I recently bought a Kipor. Very similar to the Honda (digital inverter type with pure sinewave output). Also very quiet. Only recently introduced to Australia, but been big in Nth America and Europe for years. You should be able to pick one up for around $900, which is much cheaper than the Honda.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 21:39

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 21:39
have a look at
rainbow power company, they have some trippy chiit
they are in Nimbin.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 21:51

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 21:51
G-Z, do a Google on Sunlight, then Kipor. I did and found the Sunlight for $450. It weight 27KG and has 1 stage noise reduction.
I found the Kipor for $829. It weighs 14KG and has 2 stage noise reduction.
Depends what you are after. If price is the main issue, have a look at the GMEs at Bunnings. They are even cheaper than the Sunlight.

If you want something light, quiet and high quality, I suspect you will need a Kipor, Honda or Yamaha. Kipor seems the cheapest of these as they are trying to break into the Aust market.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 22:18

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 22:18
Will somebody P-L-E-A-S-E buy that bloody Honda that's been advertised in the Trader section of this site since October 2004!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahaha
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 16:50

Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 16:50
give ya a buck for it and you pay shipping :P
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 22:21

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 22:21
I ran a 30 amp charger off a Bunnings job.

They've got them for $98 currently. However reliability is a lottery. After two duds I got my money back and went solar. Others swear by them.


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Follow Up By: Brian B (QLD) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 22:47

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 22:47

What was the Bunnings job like noise wise?
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 06:35

Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 06:35
We were away a few weeks ago and Diamond brought his. During the day, away from camp and behind a tree, you couldn't notice it. At night near the campfire (about a 10 m ext lead away), to run lights for dinner, you knew it was there.

They make a noise which doesn't bother me greatly, but they are not whisper quiet. If you were only going to run it during the day to charge batteries, it would be an fairly intolerant type who would complain.


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Reply By: BLUEBAG53 - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 23:03

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 23:03
G-Z The bride and i just spent 12 days re;axing on Moreton Island. Part of the build up for the extended trip. We employed a 1 KVA Honda to provide our support / backup power supply for the Jayco SWAN Outback Van. Forget Solar. I ran the gen set for approx five hours per day i.e. 2 hours in the morning and three in the evening.
The morning session powered the three way fridge, the Eutetic Autofridge / freezer, internal lights (two), electric toothbrush charger and Coleman Lantern battery charger. After this the van fridge was flicked over to LPG.
During the three hour evening session the gen set powered the van fridge, the 14 inch TV set so we were able to enjoy repeat episodes of MASH, followed by the evening news. We also took our bread maker and between the two of us cooked a loaf of bread every three days (evenings), gen set handled the pulsing just fine. We also charged the deep cycle battery installed in the van. The microwave that comes with the Jayco is under rated. We were lookin at doing rice in the microwave but it drew to much power and shut the generator down, great safety feature. Another safety feature with the Honda is the low oil cut out.
the Eco Switch allows the gen set to determine how much power is required and auto adjusts the RPM's required to provide that power.
Fuel consumption, eco switch not to much surging we managed around six and a half hours per two litres of fuel.
A big bonus is the noise factor. From 30 metres you can hardly hear it, and in National Parks these days thats a big bonus. I consider the other big bonus to be the national service back up if required. Long winded = apoligies but good bit of kit. light weight, reliable, the bride can operate it and it does the job!
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Follow Up By: Brian B (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 09:09

Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 09:09

Sorry for wandering off the theme of this thread but I noticed you were recently on Moreton. We are going over August/September for a couple of weeks and staying at Ben-Ewa.

Could you drop me an email to with a bit of info on current conditions over there etc. We are taking our camper trailer and are getting off the barge at the Tangalooma wrecks.

Much appreciated.
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Reply By: Gerhardp1 - Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 00:11

Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 00:11
Some info re the Honda vs GME

I have the GME $98 jobbie and a mate has a 1kva Honda. The Honda is quieter, has quality AC output that you can use for electronic thingies, and is nicely packaged with no jagged edges, etc.

The Honda was $1400 approx, which could get you 14 of mine.

The downsides of the GME - 2 stroke, so you get the fumes drifting your way on occasion; if not heavily loaded, they will "4 stroke" causing more smoke and hard starting next time - there is no mixture screw; the "4 stroking" causes a small condensation of unburned oil to drip out of the bottom; it's square in form rather than oblong, so is a bit harder to carry and stow; it's noisier than the Honda

The upside - it's bloody cheap and effective, it's great for the high country where people are sparse, it's got a battery charger outlet so you don't need a charger device as well. It runs our camp lighting ond recharges the handheld GME TX6200 radios. It has a 2 year warranty.

When we go on our Cape Tour next year it will be the Honda coming with us - if my mate can't come and won't lend me his I will buy one rather than take the GME.

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Follow Up By: Gerhardp1 - Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 09:47

Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 09:47
Here's another thought
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Reply By: porl - Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 16:22

Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 16:22
Oh the Sunlight. Try picking it up, weighs a ton. Must be made with lead or something. No joke, i tried to pick it off a stand at a camp shop and thought it'd break my back so i left it on the high stand.
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 18:36

Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 18:36
Yep. Weighs 28KG without fuel. Twice the weight of the Honda and Kipor (and I suspect the Yamaha also, but not sure). And about twice as load, but half the price; so I guess it all balances out in the end!!!
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Reply By: Dave - Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 22:47

Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 22:47
I have a Yamaha EF1000is for sale if anyone is interested. It is the quiet and light pure sine wave 4 stroke model. It has had way less than 2 litres of fuel through it and still has new warranty. It is like brand new and is still in its' original box.

A mate of mine has the same model and uses it a lot. He claims over 9 hours use on two litres of fuel.

My email address is
I live in Adelaide.

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