Dr Electric's Generator Comparison Chart (Quiet, Pure Sine Wave)
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These generators have been recommended as excellent Burning Man generators for individuals or small camps: quiet and durable
These generators are either much larger, or, has less community support from Burners. They might work great, and there's likely hidden gems here, but we know less about them or they're not particularly applicable for individual purchase.
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YamahaHondaPredatorWenRyobiCummingsBriggs & StrattonGeneracAtimaEnergizerChampion
Champion has many variations of every model!
CrommelinsDuroMaxHyundaiKiporLectronPowermate/PramacPowerHorsePolarisSubaruWestinghouse
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UnitsEF1000iSEF2000iSEF2000iSV2EF2400iSHCEF3000iSEF4500iSEEF6300iSDEEU1000iEU2000iEU2200iEU3000iEU3000i HandiEU7000i2000350056125i56200i56310iRYI1000RYI2200RYI2300BTAQuiet Diesel 6000P2200GP2200iiQ2000AY2000iAY3000ieZV2000SeZV2200eZV28001003056
2000W
73536i
2000W
75531i
3100W
CTG2500iXP1200iSXP2000EHXP2000iSXP3150iSHY2000SiHY2000PHY3200LC2000iLC3500iP1000iP2000iP3000iERG3200iSRG4300iS
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Country of OriginJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanChinaChinaChinaChinaChinaChinaChinaChinaUSAUSAChinaChinaJapanJapanUSA/ChinaUSA/ChinaUSA/ChinaAustralia
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Price (Amazon or equivalent)
$791.10discontinued$836.20$1,342.00$1,855.58$2,939.29$3,484.99$799.00discontinued$999.00$2,099.00$2,299.00$3,999.00$499.00$769.00$458$555.00$549.00$779.00$599.00$1,299.00$532.73$702.71$499.00$569.00$999.00
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Current Best Price / Discounts$450 w/coupon 33601079 (7/27/18)$700 w/coupon 88725371 (7/27/18)
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Price Per Watt$0.88$0.52$0.67$0.66$0.73$0.63$0.89$0.56$0.75$0.88$0.73$0.31$0.26
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Weightpounds27.944.144.17513619420028.746.546.51317826147.599.242054.646.64647.41778346.348.583.843.64747
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Tank Sizegallons0.661.161.161.63.44.54.50.60.950.953.41.65.112.60.6911.8511.21.0611.580.91.851.851.111.61.32
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Power @ 100%watts9001600160020002800400055009001600180028002600550016003000100016002800180018006000170016001600160020002600160017002800210016001600160016002800
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Power @ Ecowatts2254004005007001000137522540045070065013754001500400400700
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Hours @ 100%hours4.23.23.43.27.13.56.54.254.24.23.8
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Hours @ Ecohours11.910.510.51118.615.213.37.18.18.1207.7186.511557.54.5810.757.71011.56.55.8119.58206.56.511.511.515.5
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Eco Outputpercentage25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%50%25%50%50%50%50%25%25%25%75%75%50%50%25%25%25%
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Noise (high) @ 23ft
db57616160606064505957575858695859616459
"slightly louder than honda"
"slightly louder than honda"
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Measured at (low)perentage100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%75%75%100%
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Noise (low) @ 23ftdb4751.551.553535858425348505252615751515764595250575753535852
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Measured at (low)db25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%0%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%25%
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Gas Tank ThreadsM43 x 3 mm (~8.5 TPI)
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Manualmanualmanual
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Fuel Consumption @ Eco (auto-calculated)gallons per hour0.05550.11050.11050.14550.18280.29610.33830.08450.11730.11730.17000.20780.28330.15380.23640.13800.21
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Useful YT VideosSound Test
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NotesThese Yamahas and equivalent Hondas are likely the most common generator on playa.These Hondas and the equivalent Yamahas are likely the most common generator on playa. The Honda includes an internal fuel pump, so external fuel tanks need not be raised above the generator.Electric startPull startThese are quickly becoming a staple at Burning Man.Electric Start
These are quickly becoming a staple at Burning Man. Reveiwer claims 4.5hrs at 2kw.
Cannot be shipped to CaliforniaLots of issues on Amazon.Lots of issues on Amazon.Yamaha engine inside230vDual-Fuel! Propane or gas. Runs 20 hours on a 20lb propane tankNON-Dual Fuel version of XP2000iSSuppliers are dropping support. Avoid this brand.Subaru has withdrawn from the generators market, and discontinues these units
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Common FailuresKnown to vapor-lock in hot weather.
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Secondary Market Availability
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