THE best quiet generator is one that will deliver clean electricity power to your electronics, but won’t sound like a construction zone. And yes, we’ve all had that experience before. Remember that last time when you were camping? Remember, how you woke up to beautiful sounds of birds chirping in the morning air, only to be ruined by a loud constant chainsaw like sound from the RV in the adjacent site? Yeah, don’t be that guy.
I get it. When we’re out camping in the woods, we need a reliable means to power our life’s necessities. Our cell phones need to be charged, we need air conditioning, we need to watch our favorite game on the LCD TV. After all, we are creatures of comfort, right? But that doesn’t mean we have to ruin the camping experience for others by being inconsiderate with the portable generators that we use.
In fact, today’s quietest generators are more advanced than ever before, with new technologies, these quiet generators also known as inverter generators enable whisper like hums during operation. Inverter generators also provide clean AC power electricity that conventional generators often times don’t – this is important when powering sensitive electronics like your cellphone or your laptop.
Differences between a Conventional Generator and a Quiet Generator
There are two types of portable generator, the conventional generator and the inverter generator. Both generators basically have two main components: an engine and an alternator. The key difference between the two generators are how the engine and alternator are combined.
The electricity produced by the conventional generator is not as clean as the electricity you would get if you had plugged your appliance into an outlet in your home. As a rule of thumb, it’s NOT RECOMMENDED to plug in any power sensitive electronics like your laptop into a conventional generator. When reliably powering sensitive electronics, use an inverter generator.
How loud is a portable generator?
In order to appreciate how quiet inverter generators are, we’ve put together a table listing the various magnitude of sounds and how that generator compares on that list. Typically, generator manufacturers will provide a single number or a range of numbers for noise level, labelled in (decibel) dBA. You’ll see noise level numbers like 59dBA or 53-59dBA. When a range is provided, the manufacturer lists the noise level between the ¼ rated load and the full load (when the power output is at max). Always be sure to evaluate at the highest noise level, that’s when the load is completely full. Most popular 1000-2000W inverter generators will be no louder than a normal conversation at full load.
Sound Level (dBa)
|Leaves Rustling||20 dBa||Whisper Quiet|
|Computer||40 dBa||Very Quiet|
|Inverter Generator||55 dBa||Quiet|
|Conventional Generator||69 dBa||Moderate|
|Vacuum Cleaner||70 dBa||Moderate|
|Alarm Clock||80 dBa||Loud|
|Lawn Mower||90 dBa||Louder|
|Motorcycle||100 dBa||Very Loud|
|Rock Concert||110 dBa||Extremely Loud|
How much generator power do I need?
To understand how much power you need, you first need to understand the power ratings on the quiet generator. Power output is provided by a Wattage rating and are specified in two output levels : Maximum power and Rated power. Maximum power is the power at 100% output, this max power is usually available for 30 minutes or so. The rated power is the power at 90% output, which is the output power that’s available over a long duration (under normal usage).
Inverter generators are typically classified under three categories: 1000W, 2000W, and 3000W+.
Keep in mind however, to calculate the power capability you would need at under any one time, simply add up the wattages of each appliance or device that you would use simultaneously.
It’s also important to note when calculating this, you’ll need to factor in that certain electronics will require significant power draw during the turn on period. So the wattage when the appliance is first turned on is much higher than the wattage required to run the appliance. Click here for a list of common electronic devices people often bring when camping, rving, or tailgating.
Recommended Quiet Generators
Notable brands such as Honda and Yamaha are certain to be reliable products. They have standard warranties and are the trusted names in the industry. Other brands such as Hyundai, Genarac, Champion Power also have great ratings and reviews as well.