fancy pants power

We like to camp off grid sometimes. Indulging in a little luxury, we're packin' portable power for the first time this year. It will also help when the winter ice takes out the powerlines in this area.

Yamaha and Honda are the only ones that make units quiet enough to use around other campers. If you bring one of the lawnmower-engine powered units, everybody will hate you after a few minutes.

The unit below purrs like a kitty and can be carried with one strong arm.

13 responses to “fancy pants power

  1. lifeguardlifer

    tell me more about how you camp?

  2. Good choice of product πŸ˜€

  3. I just remembered another Yamaha from many years ago. When I was a young'un, I had a Yamaha Mini Enduro bike. I wish I had never sold it. It was one sweet little bike (example pics below). My dad broke 3 ribs riding it. πŸ˜€ The sheriff chased after me one time for riding it illegally on the road. I had to hide in the woods for hours.Brian has a Yamaha clarinet.

  4. operainchicago

    😎

  5. Originally posted by JoshuaPhelps:

    My right arm may be of help.

    I just want to feel the bicep for a moment.

  6. Which arm do you need? My right arm may be of help. :devil:

  7. Fine by me. πŸ˜€

  8. That unit, how much power would it give? Like what devices and for how long can you connect to it?I know there's also portable solar systems, that are supposed to be quite good, and quiet, as well.Weird, though, that no American company has produced any such units, yet.

  9. Originally posted by yeled:

    That unit, how much power would it give?

    From the picture, Yamaha EF2000iS:http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-EF2000iS-4-Stroke-Generator-Compliant/dp/B002RWK9N21600 watt rated AC output, 2000 watt maximum AC output, 13.3/16.7 amps @ 120VOriginally posted by yeled:

    Like what devices and for how long can you connect to it?

    Any device that one would plug into the wall at home. You can connect to it for as long as you have fuel for the little 79cc engine. The engine uses regular gasoline or can be adapted for propane.Originally posted by yeled:

    I know there's also portable solar systems, that are supposed to be quite good, and quiet, as well.

    I see some solar camping enthusiasts who set these things up. The arrays are large, heavy, and expensive, all to trickle charge an even heavier bank of batteries to get a blast of juice every now and then. If you're into it, it's worth it. For general camping, it would be a lot of trouble.With the Yamaha, I was looking for an easy temporary power supply that I could carry with one arm and throw back in the bed of the pickup when done. The unit is quiet and can be used near other campers. Sometimes campers bring the cheaper construction-site generators that are powered with a lawnmower engine. They're so loud that others will ask you to leave minutes after starting it up.I do heat shower water in solar bags when camping and use low-current LED lighting throughout the camper, so the AC needs of my setup are quite low. I don't have to have the generator. It's really just for luxury, and I did catch it on sale.Originally posted by yeled:

    Weird, though, that no American company has produced any such units, yet.

    I have no idea who makes what, where they're based, or if what they make is suitable for the camping I do.

  10. propane or gasoline good :alien: :wizard:

  11. propane or gasoline good :alien: :wizard:

  12. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    The unit is quiet and can be used near other campers.

    That's cool, I figured gasoline fueled engines would be noisy, then again, it's been a while since I've been camping. :up:

  13. Originally posted by djaknoun:

    propane or gasoline good

    Hello djaknoun! :-)Originally posted by yeled:

    I figured gasoline fueled engines would be noisy,

    This one you can barely hear at 10 feet away. There is an economy setting that will throttle the engine back when there is little demand. With little to no load, I can barely hear it even when my ear is quite close to it. The only drawback to "economy" is that when a load is thrown on it, lights will dim and the engine labors for a moment while "struggling to get on top of it." I know that feeling well. :ko:

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