Kipor 700w inverter generator

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 19:41
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Just got the latest Bunnings catalogue in the junk mail (probably only relevant to the Sandgropers amongst us). In the power tool section they have a Kipor 700 watt inverter generator - 4 stroke - on sale for $399.

The ad says "sine wave technology. Ideal for electronic devices".

A quick search of the Googlenet reveals nothing about a Kipor generator product that is under 1KW. I understand their products are reasonable (whilst not being up to par with the Japanese) but has anyone else seen these out there? I'm thinking this might be just the ticket for the small 12v fridge and a fluro light...
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Reply By: Road Warrior - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 19:45

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 19:45
I found some specs (assuming its the same unit). You get what you pay for I guess.

Rated frequency (Hz) 50 60
Rated voltage(V) 230 120/240
Rated current (A) 3.04 5.83/2.92
Rated speed(r/min) 6000
Rated output (kVA) 0.7
Max. output (kVA) 0.77
DC output N/A
Phase number Single
Current circuit breaker Without
Structural type Portable, silent
Fuel capacity(L) 1.55
Set fuel consumption(g/kW.h) <500
Continuous running time (hr) (rated output) 3.0
Noise level (zero load--full load) dB (A)/7m 60-65
Overall dimension(L×W×H)(mm) 415×220×360
Net weight(kg) 10.5
Starting system Recoil starter
Fuel type Automotive unlead gasoline
Lube oil type CD grade or SAE10W30, 15W40
Engine model KG140
Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled, OHC, gasoline engine
BoreXStroke 40×30
Displacement(ml) 37.68
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Rated power[kW(Hp)/(r/min) 1.0/6000
Ignition system T.C.I
Spark plug

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Lowest fuel consumption(g/kW.h) 450
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Reply By: nick b - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 21:42

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 21:42
Kipor are primus generator, middle of range - not crap - I was told that 1kva min for camping , i have a primus fridge of few years works quite well .

(whilst not being up to par with the Japanese) like Honda etc made in china
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Follow Up By: Racey - Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 08:32

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 08:32
I've had a Kipor 2600 for about 5 years, never missed a beat.

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Reply By: SelmerVI - Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 13:45

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 13:45
Bought one yesterday, it seems to be a little louder than 1Kv Honda or Yamaha but at 60db rated is OK for noise. Does not have a 12v outlet.

I will only use it to charge camper trailer battery on cloudy days (when in an area where gennies are OK) - my 10amp charger needs only 288w, so ample power for that task.

Also, small size, low fuel use and light weight (10kg) a bonus. Has a "smart throttle".

Seems well made, and fired up easily first time - given price, Bunnings' policy of replacement and Kipor reputation for a reasonable product it is a low-risk purchase compared to the no-name items on e-bay.

So, seems the goods for what I need - lets see how it goes over time.

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Follow Up By: Road Warrior - Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 15:41

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 15:41
Pity about the 12V outlet but I guess you don't really need it.

Could you run a 35-40L compressor fridge off it?
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Follow Up By: SelmerVI - Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 18:34

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 18:34
I run 140 amp hour batteries in the camper, and from them run one of the new ARB 47 litre fridges, and LED lights. So, daily consumption is around 20 amps. Only takes a couple of hours to top up a days use with genny (use solar panels if sunny).

Ref the fridge, it really depends on the current draw when on 240volt if you were running it directly from the 240v outlet on the genny. On 12v the ARB fridge draws less than an amp per hour (I've measured it at 16 amps total for 24 hrs in mild conditions) so that feels about right - ie low current draw. So, based on that, I expect it would have low draw on 240v also.
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Reply By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 15:22

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 15:22
Here is a dumb question! With this type of generator do you just plug them into the 3 pin power inlet on a caravan or is some fitting involved?

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Reply By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 15:24

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 15:24
Here is a dumb question! With this type of generator do you just plug them into the 3 pin power inlet on a caravan or is some fitting involved?

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Follow Up By: SelmerVI - Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 18:38

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 18:38
It would depend what was on the other end of the 240 inlet - in my case it is a battery charger, and I run everything then off 12v. It does plug straight into the 240v inlet. It uses a standard 10amp outlet on the generator. if your van has a 15 amp inlet (i.e. the one with a fat earth pin as does mine) you'll need to think about a lead that does both.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 19:43

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 19:43
I see that I asked the dumb question twice. Now that is dumb!

On the end of a generator plugged into the van I would have a 120 litre upright freezer and a battery charger with a 15A charger and 2 x 70 AH batteries. I suspect that I would need a fair bit more than a .7 kVA generator to carry that load.

The freezer holds its temperature during the day but needs to be on 240V at night. I think a couple of hours night and morning will keep it frozen.

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Reply By: ben_gv3 - Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 15:33

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 15:33
I've seen Kipor's (look about 1kW) in the back of firetrucks/SES vehicles so they can't be that bad.
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Reply By: energy marty - Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 14:25

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 14:25
"sine wave technology"? True or pure sine wave is what you need to find out. If either of these it will be OK for sensitive electrical equipment.

If it's modified sinewave - keep clear.

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Reply By: Spitster - Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 08:38

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 08:38
Bought one of these over the weekend at Bunnings. Filled her up with oil and fuel, plugged into 2 fridges, Engel 40 and a Bushboy 55. Engel pulls about 2.0 amps and the Bushboy about 7. Ran both (from hot) on Eco throttle and ran for 7 hours on 1.5 litres of fuel. Juries still out on reliability, but will run both my fridges and a couple of LED spotlights no problems.
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