Best Small Generator For Camping

best small generator for camping

Gone are the days when camping strictly meant reconnecting with Mother Nature. Camping nowadays can involve a lot of gadgets: cell phones, tablets, laptops, microwave cookers, small refrigerators, and of course, lighting, among others. This means you need to carry portable power that is reliable and safe to power such devices.

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Table of the 5 best small generators for camping

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Champion Power Equipment 100692 2000-Watt Ultralight Portable Inverter Generator
WEN 56203i Super Quiet 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator w/Fuel Shut Off, CARB Compliant, Ultra...
Yamaha EF2000iSv2, 1600 Running Watts/2000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Inverter,Blue
Power
1700/2000 watts​​​​
1600/2000 watts
1600/2000 watts
Noise Level
53 dB
51 dB
51.5 dB
Weight
48 lbs
48 lbs
44 lbs
Parallel Capable
Run Time
9 hr run time at 25% load
6 hr run time at 50% load
10.5 hr run time at 25% load
Receptacles
1 x 120V AC (5-20R), 1 x 12V DC
2 x 120V AC (13.3 amp), 1 x 12V DC (8.3 amp), 1 x USB
2 x 120V AC (13.3 amp), 1 x 12V DC (8 amp)
CARB Compliant
Warranty
2 yr warranty
2 yr warranty
2 yr warranty
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Champion Power Equipment 100692 2000-Watt Ultralight Portable Inverter Generator
Power
1700/2000 watts​​​​
Noise Level
53 dB
Weight
48 lbs
Parallel Capable
Run Time
9 hr run time at 25% load
Receptacles
1 x 120V AC (5-20R), 1 x 12V DC
CARB Compliant
Warranty
2 yr warranty
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WEN 56203i Super Quiet 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator w/Fuel Shut Off, CARB Compliant, Ultra...
Product
Power
1600/2000 watts
Noise Level
51 dB
Weight
48 lbs
Parallel Capable
Run Time
6 hr run time at 50% load
Receptacles
2 x 120V AC (13.3 amp), 1 x 12V DC (8.3 amp), 1 x USB
CARB Compliant
Warranty
2 yr warranty
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Yamaha EF2000iSv2, 1600 Running Watts/2000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Inverter,Blue
Product
Power
1600/2000 watts
Noise Level
51.5 dB
Weight
44 lbs
Parallel Capable
Run Time
10.5 hr run time at 25% load
Receptacles
2 x 120V AC (13.3 amp), 1 x 12V DC (8 amp)
CARB Compliant
Warranty
2 yr warranty

The best generator for camping is small, portable, quiet, and reliable. Can you find a generator that ticks all these boxes?

You definitely can.

The criteria for selecting the best small generator for camping go something like this:

Quiet

​A generator that runs quiet gives you absolute peace of mind as you connect with nature. You don’t want something that’s going to be disruptive to other campers. A quiet generator allows you to a have normal conversation without raising your voice. 

Additionally some campground regulations restrict noise levels from engines and other motorized objects. A quiet generator ensures that you’re playing by the rules during your camping trip.

Portable

A typical campsite setting requires moving things from place to place. This shouldn’t be an issue if your power source is lightweight and portable enough. Usually this means a unit must be small enough to be carried by one person. In addition, portability should include a wheel kit where necessary to minimize the lifting.

Scalable

If you’re going for a group camping trip, your power needs may increase. In this case having a scalable generator makes a big difference. Scalable means you can boost a generator’s output by connecting a compatible generator in parallel.

Reliable

While the power needs at a typical campsite are relatively small and needed for short periods, having a reliable generator is a must. You want a generator that guarantees a steady output for at least 4 hours. This time is usually enough to get most of your electronics charged. It’s also sufficient to make meals to last you the entire day.

Craig

My career as an Industrial Electrician with over 20 years experience in maintaining small, medium and very large generators plus repairing small engines and working in an auto electrical shop have placed me in the unique position to provide quality advice on all your generator needs. 😉

1 thought on “Best Small Generator For Camping”

  1. These are nice recommendations. We had a portable generator and it’s quite loud for its size. Maybe because it’s quite old now, about 5 years. And I admit, I don’t maintain it regularly nowadays as I don’t use it that much. Maybe I’ll go for the Champion one if ever.

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