[Lowe's] Firman Gas-Powered 4,450 Watt Portable Generator $299.50
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- April 17, 2019
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Description says "Our Whisper Series Muffler keeps the P03501 running at a quiet 67 decibels".
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Are there even *any* generator that would be considered "quiet enough" for camping in your opinion? Even the super quiet (and expensive) Honda 50db one seems rather annoying for camping.Purevector wrote: ↑ Not to be pedantic, but while it is true that a 3dB increase does double the sound pressure power, a 10dB increase is interpreted by humans as twice the "loudness". So this thing is about 2x as loud as an inverter gen.
That being said, I have one of these and there is no way I would use it for camping; it's not quiet enough. I'd love to know from what distance they get the 67dB measurement because standing a few feet away it sounds much louder than 70dB.
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Get this one, it'll do what you need and very quiet compared to this one
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TomLafinsky wrote: ↑ Get a Champion from Costco when it goes on sale. You should look at the label inside your fridge and on the sump pump in order to find out the exact watts. Then you multiply this amount by 3 and then you will know the total max amps your gen must be able to supply.
For most fridges a 2000W might do it. I don't know about the amps requirement of your sump pump.
The Champion 2000W inverter is a good and quiet enough gen to use with neighbors close by.
Come back with those numbers (watts for each) and we'll take it from there.
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6.5 amps for the fridge
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Would this one be better ?TomLafinsky wrote: ↑ Thanks. 6.5 X 120 = 780 watts. 780 X3 = 2340. So a Champion 2000W inverter would be able to start/run your fridge. Let's say your sump pump is 1000 watts, so your gen would need to be able to provide a good max of 3,000 Watts.
In that case your best bet would be a Champion inverter like this one. The advantages of an inverter over a traditional gen is that a) it provides clean power b) it will save you a bundle on gasoline and c) it is QUIET!!! I have this exact model and bought it when Costco had reduced the price in the Fall to the $600.
The gen mentioned in OP's post is cheap because it drinks gas like a drunken sailor, it is F... noisy and it produces electricity that is very dirty. If you can live with that buy the gen mentioned in this thread. Otherwise if you want a very nice gen capable of powering both the fridge and sump pump at the same time then get the Champion.