With over 100 years of history, Yamaha is a name to reckon with. Known for producing automobiles, the company is also making use of its small engine technology to come up with new and innovative portable generators. These small generators are powerful and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Yamaha’s ‘I’ line of generators use pure sine wave technology to produce clean power. The ‘I’ stands for ‘inverter’ and indicates a powerful unit. In this review, we’ll talk about Yamaha EF2000iSv2.
It is a gas powered inverter generator with a power output of 2000 watts and operating time of 10.5 hours on a full tank.
At full load, it delivers 13.3 to 16.7 Amps (120V) which is enough to handle a variety of appliances.
Let’s get to know more about this beauty in this Yamaha EF2000iSv2 Portable Inverter Generator review.
4-stroke OHC engine
CARB, USFS approved
Plastic and others
(2) 120V 13.3/16.7 A duplex- (1) 12V 8A
Q. it easy to use?
Ans. The cord system may sound intimidating but this generator has an auto decompression system which makes starting the generator by pulling the cable much easier.
You will not have to try a lot as the generator will start the first time. Also, don’t let winters scare you. It works equally well in winters and does not require a lot of effort to start thanks to the auto warmup feature.
Moreover, it’s also quite easy to take care of thanks to the fuel gauge that helps keep an eye on fuel levels so you know when to refill. You will also face no trouble in starting the unit after extended storage thanks to carb drain and fuel shutoff features.
Q. Is it environmental friendly?
Ans. With the highest EPA rating, the generator is environmentally friendly. You can keep it indoors but make sure to not sit around it when it’s operational as it still produces harmful gases.
Q. Is it easy to maintain?
Ans. You will have to add oil when you use it for the first time but that’s not much of an issue since it comes with a manual which explains the timely maintenance routine.
The manual includes instructions on how to change oil, replace spark plugs and fuel filters. The generator does not require heavy maintenance. However, make sure to only take it to a Yamaha authorized service provider if it needs repairs.
Note: The warranty can become void if you install non-Yamaha parts or do not follow instructions.
Despite its small size, the Yamaha EF2000iSv2 Inverter Generator is quite powerful. It works silently and is quite safe to use as well. However, it cannot handle big appliances. Go for this one if you need a portable generator to run small appliances.
Champion Power Equipment launched in 2003 and has sold over 2.5 million generators in North America.
The company has a huge line up of products catering to all kinds of customers. One of its flagship generators is Champion 100302.
This digital hybrid generator uses inverter technology to produce clean power.
Let’s get to know more about this beauty in this Champion 100302-3500w digital hybrid portable generator review.
Champion Power Equipment Hybrid Generator Specifications:
4-stoke 4300-5000 RPM OHC engine
CARB, EPA, CSA approved
Plastic and others
Two 120V, 20A AC – one 120V, 30A RV – One 12V DC
Champion Power Equipment Hybrid Generator Features:
Champion Power Equipment Hybrid Generator Review: FAQ
Q. How can I improve run-time?
Ans. You have two options:
Connect two units to increase power. This would allow you to even run bigger appliances without any trouble.
Run it at reduced capacity to increase run-time. However, reduced power means you will not be able to run heavy appliances.
Q. Is it enclosed?
Ans. This generator is not enclosed like most inverter generators and has a steel frame instead. This makes the generator look like a conventional generator unlike other inverter generators out there. However, don’t let it scare you as the generator is still very quiet.
Q. Are there special considerations?
Ans. The company recommends to first run the generator for about five hours using Oil SAE 10W-30. You can then change the oil.
Q. Can I run it in rainy conditions?
Ans. Yes, it can if you purchase the storm shield. It consists of frame rods that can handle tough weather conditions without affecting the natural flow of air.
Other than this, you can also purchase a cover to prevent dirt and dust.
Q. How altitude affects this generator?
Ans. You should swap the main jet with the altitude jet if you are 1,000ft above sea level.
Not doing so can cause the generator to malfunction. Similarly, switch back to the main jet once you get lower.
Champion 100302 3500W can be a good option if you want a generator that’s reliable but not too big or powerful. While it does lack a few features, the benefits are still there. Plus, it’s affordable as well.