What Is The Quietest Generator For Camping In Australia?

Quietest generator for caping. Pictured is the Yamaha inverter generator

Before we get into answering, what is the quietest generator for camping in Australia?, let me tell you a short little story about why having a quiet generator is so important to me, when camping and caravanning.

When I was a young kid, I remember going camping with my dad up the Murray River. Fishing and camping was so much fun with him. (We caught a heap of fish as well.)

The wildlife and scenery was beautiful, so relaxing and quiet…until dad fired up the old generator. The generator was big, heavy, and boy was it loud. We had to put the generator as far away from camp as the power lead would allow, because of the noise. Even then, we had to hide it behind a big tree for a sound barrier.

It was smelly, guzzled the gas and did I mention it was loud! I couldn’t wait for the noisy generator ran out of fuel for some peace and quiet in the Aussie bush.

Thankfully the generators have come a long way since then. Today’s portable inverters generators are ideal for camping and caravanning and are quiet.

But which is the quietest camping generator? So we have listed the generators and their decibel levels, which are available in Australia. But before we get into the list below, here are a few points to consider.

 

How is generator noise measured?

Noise is measured in decibels. For generators, the industry standard is normally measured by dB(A) at 7 meters.

Note: Some companies also list the noise level at quarter power.

 

Things to consider, before buying a portable generator

Yamaha inverter generator

Just because it is a very quiet generator, it doesn’t mean it is the best generator for you. There are other considerations to take into account, like:

  • Best value
  • Power
  • Reliability
  • Size and weight
  • Best fuel efficiency
  • Best for camping and caravanning for Australia conditions
  • Easy to get parts for
  • Warranty

Here are some questions to consider before choosing a caravanning or camping generator: Can the generator should be able to cope with the heat if you go up north or into the outback? Or can it run for a long time without issues?

What fuel economy does it have?

Are parts for it available in Australia?

How long will it last for? Has it got a warranty?

A silent generator is nice, but some can come at a steep price. What is your budget?

 

What is the quietest generator on the market for camping?

Below is a list of the generator make, model and decibel noise levels. The list is in alphabetical order of the brands so you can compare them.

Make and Model Noise Level @ 7m
Baumr-AG 1.0kW Peak 0.8kW Rated Portable Inverter Generator 72 db
Baumr-AG 3.5kW Peak 3.1kW Rated Portable Inverter Generator 72 db
Briggs & Stratton P2400 (2400 watt) Inverter Generator 58 DbA
Briggs & Stratton P3400i (3.4KVA) Inverter Generator 58 DbA
Cromtech Outback (2400 watt) Inverter Generator 52-59 db
Cromtech 4500w Inverter Generator Electric Start 55-60 db
Dewalt DXIG2200 (2200 watt) Inverter Generator 50 – 54 dB(A) in ECO mode
Dewalt DXIG3600E (3600 watt) Inverter Generator 63 dB(A
Dometic PGE121 2100W Inverter Generator, Electric Start 61 dBA
Engel R2000IS 2kVa Pure SineWave Generator 68 dBA
Engel 2500W Pure Sinewave Inverter Generator R2500IS 68 dBA
Engel R3000IE 3kVa Pure SineWave Generator 67 dBA
Engel 3500W Pure Sinewave Inverter Generator R3000IE 67 dBA
Full Boar 2200W Inverter Petrol Generator 61 dB
Full Boar 4000W Petrol Inverter Generator 65 dB
Genesys HRT2500i Inverter Generator – Petrol 2.4KVA 52 DB @ 7M
Genesys Inverter Generator – Petrol 3.65KVA 59 dBA @ 7M
Genpower Inverter Generator 2600 watts Peak 2200 watts Petrol 61dB @ 50% load, 68db @ 100% load
Genpower Inverter Generator 3500W Peak 3200W Petrol 71dB (50% load) 75dB (100% load)
Genpower Inverter Petrol Generator 4500 Watts Portable 59dB @ 50% load, 64dB @ 100% load
GenTrax 800W Mini Pure Sine Wave Petrol Inverter Generator 58 dB
GenTrax 2KW Max 1.6KW Rated Inverter Generator 58 dB
GenTrax 3.5kW Pure Sine Wave Petrol Inverter Generator 58 dB
GenTrax 4.2KW Max 3.5KW Pure Sine Wave Inverter Generator 58 dB
Honda 1KVA Inverter Generator – EU10i 52dB(A)*/58dB(A) * With Eco-throttle switched on at 1/4 output
Honda 2.2KVA Inverter Generator – EU22i 53 dBA at 7m
Honda 3 kVa Inverter Generator EU30iS 52dB(A) to 65dB(A
Honda 3.2KVA Inverter Generator – EU32IU 53~59 dB(A)
Jono & Johno Inverter Silent Generator Portable 2KW Max 1.8KW 57 dB
Jono & Johno Inverter Silent Generator Portable 4KW Petrol 63 dB
Kincrome Inverter Generator 1700 Continuous Watts KP10105 59 db(A) @ 7 meters (25% load)
Maxwatt 2000W Inverter Generator MX2000IS 59 dB
Maxwatt 3000W Inverter Generator MX3000IS 65 dB
MaxWatt 4500W Petrol Inverter Generator with Electric Start 62 dB
Ozito 2000W Petrol Inverter Generator 77.9 dB
Panther IPG3500 Silenced Inverter generator, 3.5kw 57 dB
Pramac P2000i (2000 watt) Inverter Generator 59 dBA
Pramac P3000i (2500 watt) Inverter Generator 61 dBA
Pramac P3500i/o 3300w Inverter Generator 66 dBA
Rato 2.0KW Inverter Generator R2000iS 65 dB
Rato 2.5kw Inverter Generator R2500iS 67 dB
Saber 2000W Portable Petrol Inverter Generator SABSPG2000W 65Db @7m full load
Saber 3300W 5.5hp Petrol Inverter Generator SABSPG3300W 65Db @7m full load
Westinghouse iGen1200 (1200 watt) Inverter Generator 51 dB(A)
Westinghouse iGen2200 (2200 watt) Inverter Generator 51 dB(A)
Westinghouse iGen2500 Inverter Generator 51 dB(A)
XTM 2200W Inverter Generator 68db
Yamaha EF1000iS (1000 watt) Inverter Generator 47 dBA (1/4 load) / 57 dBA (full load)
Yamaha EF2000iS (2000 watt) Inverter Generator 51.5 dBA (1/4 load) / 61 dBA (full load)
Yamaha EF2200iS (2200 watt) Inverter Generator 57-65 DbA
Yamaha EF2400iS Generator 54 dBA (1/4 load) / 59 dBA (full load)
Yamaha EF2800i (2800 watt) Inverter Generator 60 dBA (1/4 load) / 67 dBA (full load)
Yamaha EF3000iSE Silent Inverter Generator – 3000W 51dBA (1/4 load), 57dBa (full load)

 

Who makes the quietest portable generator?

Remember to take into account that a 4000 watt generator will generally be noisier then a 1000 watt invertor generator.

From the list above, here are the quietest generators:

  • Cromtech Outback (2400 watt) Inverter Generator – 52-59 db
  • Dewalt DXIG2200 (2200 watt) Inverter Generator – 50 – 54 dB(A) in ECO mode
  • Genesys HRT2500i Inverter Generator – Petrol 2.4KVA – 52 dB
  • Honda 1KVA Inverter Generator – EU10i – 52 dB(A) */ 58 dB(A) * With Eco-throttle switched on at 1/4 output
  • Honda 2.2KVA Inverter Generator – EU22i – 53 dBA
  • Honda 3 kVa Inverter Generator EU30iS –  52 dB(A) to 65dB(A
  • Honda 3.2KVA Inverter Generator – EU32IU – 53~59 dB(A)
  • Westinghouse iGen1200 (1200 watt) Inverter Generator – 51 dB(A)
  • Westinghouse iGen2200 (2200 watt) Inverter Generator – 51 dB(A)
  • Yamaha EF3000iSE Silent Inverter Generator – 3000W – 51dBA (1/4 load), 57dBa (full load)
  • Yamaha EF1000iS (1000 watt) Inverter Generator – 47 dBA (1/4 load) / 57 dBA (full load)
  • Yamaha EF2000iS (2000 watt) Inverter Generator – 51.5 dBA (1/4 load) / 61 dBA (full load)

For its power, the Yamaha EF3000iSE Silent Inverter Generator, 3000W at 51dBA (1/4 load), 57dBa (full load) is reasonably quiet.

The Dewalt DXIG2200 (2200 watt) Inverter Generator – 50 – 54 dB(A) in ECO mode, and also the Yamaha EF1000iS (1000 watt) Inverter Generator – 47 dBA (1/4 load) / 57 dBA (full load) are also some of the quietest models on the Australian market.

 

Where to buy quiet generators?

This article lists some camping and caravanning shops and online stores that sell generators, for more information click on – Where To Buy Caravan Accessories In Australia

Here are a few places that sell portable invertor generators:

This article also has some suppliers that sell generators, visit – Caravan Parts Suppliers

 

Is 65 dB loud for a generator?

Generators that are over 80 dB of noise are considered to make a lot of noise. (Think of a work site.) 60 dB or less noise is considered to be a quiet generator.

The noise output levels will change in the future with portable inverter generators. As technology and fuel economy gets better every year, making for more silent generators and power.

 

Summary

While noise levels for generators are important for camping and caravanning, other factors like fuel economy, power and price are also points to consider when choosing a generator.

While not completely silent, most of the generators listed are very quiet for their power output.