Nuther Generator Question

Submitted: Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 10:34
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I had a week away in the van bush camping on private property recently and experienced 5 straight days of overcast skies. For the first time my solar set-up struggled to keep me powered. A mate had a smalll genny that we used as backup to get my batteries up again.
I have always planned to get a genny as backup - just haven't gotten round to it.
Whatever I get will probably only get used once or twice a year. So I am looking at all options.

Now - please people - no need to tell me how good Honda and Yammies are - I know that full well.

But I would like some feed back on either of the generators listed below. Both claim to be pure sine. Both have similar weight and decibel rating to Honda/Yammie. Both are about a 3rd the price.

Are there satisfied users of the cheaper versions out there ???

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Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 10:56
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Follow Up By: deserter - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 12:51

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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 11:12

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 11:12
I'd be very carefull , the cases look like a clone of the Yamaha 1000esi and the specs as per weight dont seem to add up , also noise values on gen sets are measured at 7mtr not 4 as claimed and love the bit about delivery in late May ,
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:10

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:10
Gooday deserter,
if you read the fine print, the specs (in the fine print) do not match the "banner" advertising. The 1st claims to be a 3.5kva set, but only delivers 2.6kva max in the fine print. The second claims to be 2.7kva but only delivers 2.5 in the fine print... so go figure...!

The first guy also "bans" anyone who gives neutral or negative feedback, so he must have some problems with his gear and had heaps of complaints for him to have that sort of policy in place (see under 'important note'). I'd think about that....
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Follow Up By: Ranger75 - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:26

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:26
The second guy also bans/coerces people who give negative feedback.

Read this:

How do I get a supplier's "real" contact and not just their Ebay name?


I bought a stainless steel BBQ from Adventurers Corner and posted an honest "negative" response to their quality of product supplied. "Robert Charlston" representing Adventurers Corner rang me and apologised for the product supplied and offered to replace the unit and confirmed an approximate date offer via email if I changed the negative purchaser's report.
Seeing as I had confirmation in writing I accepted the offer and changed the response to positive. Once the 45 days lapsed he refuses to answer any of my emails.

Never again---I cancelled my ebay account after this.
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Follow Up By: Road Warrior - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 11:56

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 11:56
Something else about those ebay generators, particularly those linked above - they all seem to be exactly the same from different sellers and all seem to have "CE" and "ISO" approval and "tick" stickers on them as some sort of suggestion they have been approved by some authority. I would suggest those stickers are as counterfeit as the generators they are copied from!

There are other types, like this one:

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:39

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:39
Deserter,

Not really answering your specific question, but have you considered using the generator you already have? If your solar setup handles your needs most of the time, maybe running the engine on fast idle for an hour or 2 to charge the batteries a couple of times a year would save you a heap of $$$. No more weight to carry, little noise, no smelly dangerous petrol,....

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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:58

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:58
Hi John,
I had someone camped near me some time ago, who ran their 4L diesel on fast idle from about 5pm till 8pm. Not a pleasant experience, and given the natural beauty and tranquility of the site, the noise just made the experience even worse.
I used to hate generators, prob because of this experience, but I must admit, there are some nice quiet ones now. Recently, someone was running one near me in a no-gen campsite, but I didn't complain, as the water running in the river was making more noise.
But once a bus tour operator put his genset right next to our tent. Geez, I was tempted to drop some sugar in the tank!
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 15:34

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 15:34
I have a 2 KVA version of the ones shown, nearly two years old and so far no problems. I paid only $356 for mine, do not think you would get one at that any more. I only use mine to run battery charges so in hindsight I should have only brought a 1 KVA, which a mate did at the same time as I and only paid $220
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 15:40

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 15:40
Was that generator that noisy one you had at Mt Moffatt Bruce??

You know the one everyone was complaining about ;)

It wasn't our fault they didn't bring any ext leads to use it as well LOL





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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 15:52

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 15:52
Now tell him how good it was you wally hahahaha
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 16:24

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 16:24
"Now tell him how good it was you wally hahahaha"


mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


It was used in the Mt Moffatt Section of Carnarvon National Park ....................... Abeit in a designated quiet generator camping ground (Dargonelly Rock Hole Camping area). It must have been quiet as there was NO complaints.

It was not set up with 100m of ext leads to dampen the noise but set up in the middle of the clearing (Bruce was too lazy to carry it any further hehehe) as we only had short ext leads.

How's that sound Bruce??


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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 16:31

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 16:31
Good lady monies in the post hahahaha
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 16:33

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 16:33
I hope that comment is directed at Sam hahahaha

"Good lady monies in the post hahahaha"
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 18:18

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 18:18
You know what my fingers are like hahaha was for you
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Reply By: OREJAP - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 22:28

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 22:28
From enquiries I have made the Honda 2 & the 2400 Yammy are the same noise output but the Yamaha is 10 KG heavier however the Yammy is a "true" 2400 where the Honda 2 is not a 2KVA I think it's about 1.6 or 1600 rated. The Chinese copies of the Honda are 10 KG heavier @31KG & the Honda 21 KG. The chinese version is as noisy as a lawn mower at 64 to 67 DB. Which is very noisy. There is no substitute for quality. Buy a Honda or better still the Yammy 2400 for the extra bang for your buck.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 07:25

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 07:25
Orejap, might pay to read the OP's comments again. :)

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Reply By: deserter - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 12:14

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 12:14
Thanks Bruce. Thats sounds a fair endorsement. Not a lot of owners out there by the sounds of it.
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