Mobile Mains Power Generators For the Boat


Honda 2kw generator

To call a generator 'silent' is a misnomer. The only time that they are truly silent is when they are turned off. However, and that said, many of the 'suitcase' type generators are remarkably quiet.

The great leap forward occurred just a few short years ago when Honda introduced the 'inverter' generator. Previously a generator engine had to run at a specific speed, typically 1500RPM to generate mains voltage at the right frequency. This is no longer the case because of the inverter technology. This has made generators quieter, more economical and importantly 'pure sine wave', very important if you are running sensitive equipment.

The first generator I bought for this boat, I bought second-hand. This was in 2002. The generator was a 650 watt Honda suitcase type. The performance was quite remarkable, from just a few short feet away you really could not hear it running. It was limited only by its output, 650 watts. This was the only mains power I had at that time, and I felt I needed more. I did look at the 2 KW Honda generators but they were far too expensive for me. In the end I plumped for a Yahaha 1KW which I still have now.
When I bought the Yamaha I didn't really think about decibels, or how they work, so I shouldn't have been surprised at the comparative noise level between the Honda and the Yamaha. The Yamaha is not excessively noisy, but there is a noticeable difference.

I've been looking at the various quiet generators being offered and thought you may appreciate my efforts if I were to collate the information to save you time. I have owned both a Honda quiet generator and my current Yamaha. I have also used in the course of my work, many other sorts of generator.

There is no doubt at all in my mind that the only sensible choice, if you are buying a generator these days, is to go for the inverter technology. The old technology is fast heading for the museum. Anyway, here goes.

Ebay has suppliers of all the best known brand names, so we'll start there. International link first.

The following carousel link is UK only. It's a bit of a 'pick and mix' so if you can't see exactly what you want click on any product, which will take you to Ebay. There you can use Ebay's search buttons etc. Give it a try. Alternatively click the international link above for a more targeted search and a greater choice.