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Old 10-31-2014, 12:31 PM   #15
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Exhaust is more important than noise to me and many people in the campground. Is there a spec that indicates exhaust pollutants?
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Old 10-31-2014, 12:42 PM   #16
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I'm interested in this too. The reviews at Amazon state that newer version can be used in parallel for double the watts. Is this true on the version at Costco? And, does anyone know if this is a pure sine inverter or modified sine? Much obliged...
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I believe that an increase of 3dB equates to doubling the sound level.
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I stand corrected, a 10db change increases the volume by TEN TIMES! So 3db is likely a doubling.
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I'm interested in this too. The reviews at Amazon state that newer version can be used in parallel for double the watts. Is this true on the version at Costco? And, does anyone know if this is a pure sine inverter or modified sine? Much obliged...
Both the older and current versions are pure-sine output. AFAIK all the inverter generators do pure-sine, but I confess I haven't paid much attention to the knock-offs other than the Champions and this one, and I noticed those mostly because I browsed past them at Costco and studied up.

The SmarterTools one that ends in Q is parallel-capable, and Costco will mail you the parallel kit at no extra cost if you buy one of the generators. The older model doesn't have the "Q" at the end. I was hoping for a huge discount on the older model when the Q came out because my Costco had 7 of the older one in stock, but I never saw more than a $50 discount on the old version, and they eventually disappeared. Ah, well... I'll keep lugging my 3k Yamaha.
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Based on the the capabilities, this might make a great Christmas gift...
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Here is a video of the sound between this unit which actually has a yamaha engine in it, the honda 2000i and 3000 handi.
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I have been reading a lot of reviews on the Ryobi 2200 watt generator, and they have mostly been favorable. The price is right too at $549 from Home Depot and they can be run in parallel.



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I have been reading a lot of reviews on the Ryobi 2200 watt generator, and they have mostly been favorable. The price is right too at $549 from Home Depot and they can be run in parallel.



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Save your money and pay a extra hundred bucks and get the 3100 from Champion. Great unit will run your AC without a problem, weighs the same and as quite as the Honda Handi. I spent about 20 hours researching generators before pulling the trigger and so happy with this unit, but I am sure the Honda and Yamaha mafia here will talk you out of it!
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I doubt anyone here will "talk you out of it mafia style"....I think that the reputations of yamaha and honda are commendable...but I also love competition, and I hope people will try these other types and even show sound level checks under load for comparison.
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I own 2 Honda 2000s, which I am very happy with . You should buy the Costco one to try, obviously you will be the first one on this forum! I bought mine on Craigslist 2 years ago for $1400/pr. At the time the Chinese had not copied the Honda / Yamaha parallel gens yet, but I knew it was just a matter of time! I wouldn't worry about "resale" value, b/c chances are you won't sell them anyway.Let us know how they work...Brian


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I've looked at the Champion, and it reads pretty competitive.
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I doubt anyone here will "talk you out of it mafia style"....I think that the reputations of yamaha and honda are commendable...but I also love competition, and I hope people will try these other types and even show sound level checks under load for comparison.
You know what I mean, people are so brand loyal that they put their blinders on and not even look at the alternatives. Its actually pretty funny same guys saying Chinese products suck are they same type of guys who said they same stuff about Japanese products and now they are the most reliable. Just a matter of time before the Chinese own all aspects of manufacturing and become not only most reliable but also the best value. In many products, they all ready are, since we don't build jack anymore! Rant over
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You know what I mean, people are so brand loyal that they put their blinders on and not even look at the alternatives. Its actually pretty funny same guys saying Chinese products suck are they same type of guys who said they same stuff about Japanese products and now they are the most reliable. Just a matter of time before the Chinese own all aspects of manufacturing and become not only most reliable but also the best value. In many products, they all ready are, since we don't build jack anymore! Rant over
Brand loyalty? Folks can only recommend equipment that they own and use.

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It's a fair price. Really value the Costco no-hassle return policy. Reckon I will buy within a week, and will report.
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