Compact quiet diesel / gasoline generator to power house appliances

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The first link above was a battery pack, not a generator.

The second is utterly too cheap to be useful.

Look up Honda or like generators. 25 amps at 240 V is a 6 KW generator. Expect to pay at least $1,000 or maybe more.

There are a collection of generators on this page:

https://shadow.com/tags/@best-portable-generator?gclid=CjwKCAjwgr3ZBRAAEiwAGVssnWTiBZGA4ulpjujrTEzr5OZbfFD0uT7pN6nZBw9yhswVNkQ5kaPv5hoCdskQAvD_BwE

I have a 2,600 Watt generator that I got at Sears a number of years ago.
skullnobrainsCommented:
have you considered using led lights ? ventilators, leds, and a tv ( well not all tvs, i guess ) can be powered for a day quite easily by a decent car battery which your car can charge in under an hour or can be powered by a not-so-silent generator that would only run for a short while at times you can deal with a little noise. cheap and efficient but noisy and not very powerful generators are much easier to find. if you want to go this way, many usb devices can be powered directly by a 12V battery which removes costly ( in terms of uselessly dissipated heat ) voltage converters.
sunhuxAuthor Commented:
All the lights in my house are LEDs, 40" TV is still LCD (was told by dealer
it consumes about 20-30% more than LED TV).

Thing about using car battery is I don't have the connectors & I'll need to
place these batteries all over the house;  I do have 8 Vinsic 30000mAH
rechargeable power banks though
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You said you needed 6 KW . Check your usage and time requirements. With a refrigerator and appliances as well as lights, a battery won't work. To run for a couple of hours requires a gasoline generator
sunhuxAuthor Commented:
The shadow.com  link can't be loaded, anything on eBay?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am not sure what happened there. Search for Honda generators and go from there
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try this link here:

http://www.toptenreviews.com/home/tools/best-portable-generators/

1. Solid APC UPS supply runs my network (3 devices, 40 watts) for 3 or 4 hours.

2. My 2,600 Generator will run Refrigerator, furnace and some lights, maybe the TV (no stove, or other appliance, no hair dryer)

So make sure you understand your usage.

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skullnobrainsCommented:
+1 a regular refrigerator won't run for long on a battery. one crafted for camping cars or boats could hold a few days though

i missed the 6kw requirement above. clearly this rules out a battery. but if the goal is actually a tv and a few led lights, and a fan, you're looking at 100-200w tops. ( i' don't even have 6kw at home and i have an electric heater, a washing machine, halogen lights, ... 6kw is REALLY a lot )
skullnobrainsCommented:
looks nice... afaik, 2kw is roughly what you need in a small 2 rooms appartment when you do not use electric heaters. good enough for a refrigerator, lights, tv and other low power devices. you can throw a microwave in and ( if you're daring ) a small stove as well but assuming the generator cannot deliver 2kw all the time or cope with power surges, you'd probably need to make sure your fridge does not kick in at the same time so basically plug it off when you use another relatively high consumption device ( which is quite acceptable for a toaster or microwave ). i guess you may also require an intermediate battery backed-up device to make sure your most fragile devices ( tv, laptop, ... ) do not suddenly reboot when the fridge wakes up.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It appears to be decent. 2 KW and so less than what I have here and thus will be limited. Lights possibly the refrigerator or TV and your computer.

Computer needs to be off / suspended and fridge off when you refill the gasoline.
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