Which generators are actually suitable for camping? Today we are getting to the bottom of this question. We’ll show you what is important when buying generator sets that are mainly used for camping.
Many years ago we had our first experience with power generators while camping.
More precisely: while camping on one of the tent fields at a famous metal festival in the north. The constant rattling of the loud generator that belonged to the youth group in the camp next door ensured constant musical sound within an impressive radius.
Of course also at night.
Whatever the case, the fact that you not only get music, but also ice-cold beer from the electric cool box, if you only had a decent power generator in your luggage, has had a lasting impact on us.
Over the course of time, we collected a lot of information from our everyday camping life and had some units in use.
This article is intended to help newcomers to the scene to find answers to the most important questions about camping power generators.
Power generator at camping: purpose is decisive
What is the purpose of the generator set? At first glance, this question sounds banal.
However, it is crucial when choosing the right generator!
The purpose is closely linked to the performance of the power generator or the installation site.
The question also decides whether we need a quiet, encapsulated power generator with inverter technology or whether a simple, loud converter as a frame unit will also serve its purpose.
But let’s stick with power generators that are supposed to serve almost exclusively for camping pleasure.
Power generator for camping and at festivals
When camping, an expensive power generator with inverter technology, which generates clean electricity to protect sensitive electronics such as tablets, smartphones and laptops, is not necessary in many cases.
In our experience – especially if you are traveling in a group – there is usually enough “clean electricity” to charge smartphones, at least since the invention of the power banks.
If you need more power in the form of clean electricity when camping in a tent camp and want to be on the safe side, you can usually get by with the 1 kW class.
If there is no need for clean electricity when camping or at festivals, a frame device (converter) makes more sense. You get a lot more performance for your money than if you bought an expensive inverter.
To do this, however, you have to carefully consider for which consumers the unit should be purchased when camping. Radiant heaters, hair dryers or lighting are completely unproblematic. With modern music systems, TVs, game consoles (we have also seen them at festival camps!) Or some cool boxes, on the other hand, clean electricity is required so that the device does not suffer voltage damage.
Generators on campsites
Mobile power generators on campsites in Germany are either not welcome, are completely prohibited by the site regulations, or there are strict regulations for their use.
The reasons for this are the noise pollution on the one hand, but also the emission of exhaust gases on the other. Ultimately, there is also an economic reason – after all, we find the popular chargeable access to shore power on public campsites.
So it doesn’t matter whether you come by camper or tent – power generators are not allowed in many public places, or at least not welcome.
The purchase of a power generator for camping is therefore also linked to the question of which country you are going on a camping holiday in and what the local regulations regarding mobile power generators are.
In case of doubt, it is worth asking the campsite operator or national park office in good time by e-mail or telephone to find out about the regulations relating to a power generator. So you won’t experience any nasty surprises and you won’t unnecessarily mess with fellow campers.
Generators for free standing with motorhomes & caravans
As a rule, mobile power generators of the 2kW and 3kW class are completely sufficient to guarantee the necessary energy supply when standing free with a mobile home or caravan.
Those who like it particularly comfortable away from the campsites should consider a generator set with a radio starter via remote control. Most motorhome owners get their power supply from solar systems or from body batteries anyway, in order to bridge shorter downtimes without a shore power connection.
Anyone who wants to take a further step towards self-sufficient supply or has to overcome longer “dry spells” without a 110-220 volt supply can consider a mobile generator.
In principle, underfloor units are also used, but these are often not an option, especially with popular compact campers – or they are simply too expensive. Even with older motorhomes, such an investment is usually not worthwhile.
Mobile generator sets, on the other hand, can also be used regardless of the purpose of camping – for example for excursions with your own boat, in the trade or for larger festive occasions in the garden.
Duo & Hybrid – power generator when camping: gas and petrol or gas and diesel operation
The industry calls mobile units with gas and petrol operation or gas and diesel operation as duo power generators.
The acquisition of hybrid or duo electric generators for camping purposes can be useful in the following cases:
- The running time of the generator set is to be extended until fuel has to be added or the gas bottle needs to be changed.
- Gas is used on the camping trip anyway.
- The unit is to be used on campsites that allow the use of mobile power generators on the plots. By using gas, for example, the unpleasant smell caused by diesel operation can be avoided.
For example, we can initially operate these generators in gas mode for a few hours and then continue to operate with one tank of gasoline when the propane gas bottle is empty.
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