Our recent Ham Radio Field Day was the make or break for me as to getting a portable power source for my Scamp
. The result... I now own a small portable generator
that has plenty of power for my needs, is easy to run, not too loud, and didn't break the bank.
I decided on a ProForce 2,500 Watt Generator
, bought from Wal-Mart for $279.
A great little Generator! 5.5hp OHV engine, Rated for 20 Amps, 110V @ 2500 Watts with surge to 3125 watts. Advertised to run at around 67 dB. With a 100% copper, brushless genset, metal 3 gal. gastank, it's listed to run 10 hrs. @ half load.
During Field day, I used one circuit with a Tripplite Line Conditioner to filter out any over/under voltage events for my radios, laptop & DVD, and ran other circuit to run the AC, Fridge
, and 110v lights
.(the Scamp's 15 amp shore power connection) I used a Reliance AmWatt Load Tester to monitor things. I would draw around 1700-1800 watts at peak when the AC or Fridge
would start up, otherwise, the average draw was down around 900- 1000 watts. I ran the generator
24 hours on only 6 gallons of gas.
At our Field Day site, another camper had a new Yamaha EF3000iSEB. Comparing the Yamaha to the ProForce, found that mine was only just a little bit louder, with only a noticable higher frequency ambient noise. The Yamaha's body panels do a good job of damping it's high freq's. But by setting my generator up on the back bed of my pick-up with the tailgate up, to redirect the sound upward, I was able to come close to matching the Yamaha's sound level. Overall, the Field Day site was not dominated by generator sound at all. Inside the Scamp
, with the AC running, I couldn't hear ether generator running only 20 ft away.
I'm happy with my purchase. It suits my needs perfectly, plenty of power without excess, not too loud, and within my budget. Granted, this generator is not as sophisticated as a Honda or Yamaha OHV Inverter Generator, but it's also not $1000+. I'll build a sound baffle box, maybe on a small garden cart to run it in, that'll give the little generator a smaller sound footprint. And my moderate priced Line Conditioner gives me peace of mind for my electronics. I think it was a good buy.
BTW, the ProForce will have pretty light
duty...only for the occasional remote campouts, Field Day's, and if I have to have emergency power for the trailer and my radios. My larger and LOUDER 5250 watt DevilBliss serves as my home stand-by power source.