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etrailer 2000 Watt Portable Inverter Generator Review

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Review of the etrailer 2000 Watt Portable Inverter Generator

Randy: Hey, guys. Randy here at We get questions all the time about generators here and people want to know how much generator do they need. We've been doing a lot of testing on a lot of different stuff: hairdryers, TVs, DVD players, coffee pots, stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, just about anything we can think of that you might have in your camping situation to help you determine that. Now, we're going to talk about the 2,000 starting watt, 1,600 running watt inverter type generator. Now, the generators are going to be available two ways, either as a single generator inverter or as a dual that can actually be paralleled together and give you much more power.

Now, the single generator kit is basically going to be for very small cabins, campers, or tailgating situations. They can even be handy out there on some of the job sites as long as you're not running heavy duty industrial type tools.Now, the parallel kit, that covers us right up to our medium sized campers. We've been running ours today doing all of our testing. We are running them in parallel. We've got a 15,000 BTU air conditioner that's been running all day without problem.

We've been running the TV and DVD player, the refrigerator, and even have been able to run the microwave, the blow dryer here, or the coffee pot. Now, we haven't successfully been able to run the coffee pot and the blow dryer with the air conditioner and the other items on. Anytime you're using an item like this, which you'll see when we start giving you some wattage output readings or some wattage draw readings that we've been getting out of these, that if it has a heating element, it takes a lot more wattage to run it.Now, before we get too far into the details of what everything runs and all the buttons on the generator, I want to talk about the importance of having that inverter. Old style generators basically just generated power. They'd surge, they'd peak, they'd come up, they'd come down and we didn't have any kind of consistency to that.

Now that we have the inverter generator, that gives us a more pure power, a more consistent power. It really allows us to use it with any type of electronics. We've been running this generator for a couple of days now. TV's been working great. DVD player's been working fine.

Even charging cell phones, charging laptops. The things that we're more concerned with are things we really don't have to worry about.Now, some RVs do have inverters built in, some of them won't so it's going to be a difference there. If yours already has an inverter, the benefit you're going to see with an inverter type generator like what we're looking at today or even our 3,200 watt model if you need more power, it's going to be that they're much more quiet than the older generators were. They're generally always going to be encased. The ones we're looking at today have spark arresters that are already built in, so they're certified for the US Forest Service. You can take them there when you go camping. That inverter is going to be more like power that you get at your house. It's going to be cleaner, it's going to be pure and it's going to protect anything that we've got plugged into it.Now, we're going to run down the list of some pretty common household items. These are going to be items that you can generally see when you're out camping, maybe tailgating, or even just having a cookout. Let's say, for instance, a 32 inch flat screen TV. It's going to use about 68 watts maximum while running. A DVD player, is going to be about 14 watts. A hairdryer on low heat, low blow mode, it's about 160 watts. Whereas a hairdryer in its highest setting could draw as much as 1,300. A coffee pot at its hottest settings is going to be about 1,066 watts. A fast charge cell phone charger, it's only about 11 watts. Then, depending on your microwave, the wattage is usually stated there. Typically in an RV, though, you'll see them anywhere from 800 up to 1,000 watts. An icebox, 10 cubic feet that we've got here in the RV we're working with, it runs at 300 watts.Then, for example, if you wanted to use a crock pot to keep things warm, we tested a dual crock pot on the single lowest setting. It was only about 126 watts. On the dual highest setting, it went all the way up to 374. This should give you an idea based on the items that you're going to be using, how much generator you're going to need to cover that. Now, as far as noise levels go with the generators, we're running the dual bank kit. It's just a little bit hot today. We wanted to get the air going in here. So with those duals we're running the 15,000 BTU air conditioner. That's putting a high load on them. You can imagine it's sucking a lot of wattage through there.This is going to be running somewhere around 1,100 to 1,300 watts, somewhere in that range. Really inside of the area here, the kitchen dining room area, we can't hear the generators at all. I'm going to walk back a little closer to the bedroom. We've got a window there. Generator's only about three foot out of there. As we get closer to there you might start to hear them a little bit. Going to hear just that little bit of that generator noise and that's about as loud as they're going to get with as much wattage as what we're drawing through.Right now, another common question that we get is about the noise levels generated. What we've got here is basically about 1500 watts steady power being drawn through our generators. This is about as loud as they're going to get there. Now, we're going to take a walk around to the other side of the RV to see it's going to get a lot quieter. We'll go to the middle and then all the way up to the front, so it's going to be about 10, 20, and also 30 feet away.All right, here at 10 foot you can see quite a bit quieter. We don't have quite the noise. You can talk at a little bit more peaceful level. But as we get further and further away, it really allows for much better conversation. Here we are at about the 20 foot mark. And, of course, the RV is between us, but generally you're going to have a 20 or 30 foot cord on your generators and you'll have them about that far away from your coach or wherever you're going to be using them. Then you can see once we get up to here the front, you pretty much can't hear them anymore. It's going to give you a nice, peaceful experience, especially when we compare this type of generator to the older type generators that we're much louder.Then here's this set up we've been able to successfully run all of those appliances on including that 15,000 BTU air conditioner. Basically, we've got our two 2,000 watt etrailer generators set up and we've set them up in parallel. Now, these parallel wires are going to come included with the generator. Basically, we just want to ensure as we hook them up that the one that comes out of the top port of one generator goes into the top port of the other. The bottom is going to go to the bottom there. Now, if you're just using a single generator, of course, you're not going to need the parallel it. It's going to be a pretty straightforward system. You can see here we've got our standard household plug in and it does have that angled plug if you have an appliance that uses just a little bit more power.Here we're going to have our 30 amp twist lock, but let me pull it out of this one so you can see it. It's also going to come with the adapter that we can add in for the other type with the ground and then our two angled plugs there. Now, that goes in very easily, very quickly. We're going to have our breaker here. This is going to be our choke. These start really easily. Doesn't take a lot of power to get them going, but in that initial setting or when they are cold, pulling that joke out usually takes one pull. It'll get going. Push that in. It goes right to work. You're also going to have a charging port here. It's a USB charger. It's going to be five volt, 2.1 amps, so common fast charge system. There is an eco mode. The ECO mode, if we're running lower wattage stuff, we can switch that on. That's going to use less fuel. It's going to run quieter. It's going to use less fuel so you don't have to worry about consumption too much there.Now, the green light on top, that's going to indicate, when lit up, the generator is ready for use. It's putting out the wattage that we're looking for. The red light, if it comes on, that means you've overloaded them. You're inside your camper, you've got your AC on, you've got your coffee pot on, and somebody hits a hairdryer. That's very likely going to overload the system. So the red light's going to come on. Basically what you do is just turn your generator off. Once it completely quits, turn it back on, pull your handle, you'll be ready to go back to work.We also have a fuel shutoff here. That's something I really like. Common issues that we have with generators are fuels sits in them for too long and basically it causes them to gum up and the carburetors not to work properly. What I recommend that you do when you're done with your generator and you're ready to store it, of course your fuel's going to be on, before you shut anything off just turn that to the off position and let that generator run until it dies. That's going to clear your carburetor of any fuel and you're just not going to have that issue. Also, it's a great idea to ground out your generator. Basically we can just put a wire here between the two nuts, stick that into a grounding stake into the ground, and then we won't have to worry about any electrical hazards.Now, as far as comparing these to other generators that we have available, we did some pretty extensive testing with them and these etrailer generators really out perform the A-iPower competition that we offer. Basically, using two of these generators, we successfully started a 15,000 BTU air conditioner every single time. Using the two 2,000 A-iPower, never one time did that air conditioner come on and start. They overloaded every single time. So we definitely get better performance out of these generators. Even our customers have echoed the same thing. They have really good results out of these. They definitely seem to be a superior product to some of the others that are available.Now, I get the question all the time, "Is that something you would buy" These are definitely something I would buy. Now, if you have higher power demands than what these are going to offer, the 3,200 is a great option as well. It's going to deliver and meet up to those higher options. You can also pair a 2,000 with a 3,200 or you can run paralleled 3,200s. So, all in all, the etrailer line is going to be an excellent choice when it comes to generators.