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Miniature Gasoline-Powered Generator

We are trailer sailors that like to stay out on the Colorado lakes for a few nights at a time in our H23.5. The single battery runs down and I'm thinking of getting a very small gasoline-powered generator to run a battery charger. Unfortunately the Suzuki 4-hp outboard only has a 40W coil so that wouldn't do it.

20 Amps into the battery for 2-3 hours a day should do it. 20A @ 12V = 240W; add say 20% for charger efficiency gets my need up to 290 Watts.

The least expensive generator I've found is the Generac ix800 for $350. Does anyone know of something about half this size (and hopefully, price)?

As a side note, it seems there was a 250W (350W peak) generator back in the 60s called the "Tiny Tiger." Wish they still made them. I see they come up on eBay once in a while but I need something that is trouble-free, not 40 years old.

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We had a discussion a few days ago about cheap gas generators. Might be worth reading: Generator advice

Personally, I think you'd be much better off investing in a second deep cycle battery (the one you have already is deep cycle, right?) and possibly solar panels.
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If you're willing to spend that much $, why not a bit more money and get a proper Honda EU2000 for $870 shipped from a few places (Wisesales among others).

The Honda will have uses outside of the boat and will last much longer than any wally-world toy you'd get for $350....and will run quietly.
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Honda do a 1000 watt that weighs 29 lbs and is whisper quiet. I bet it will still be going when you are on your 3rd cheapy.

Check out the EU1000iA.
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Every, and I mean every cruiser I have met who doesn't have a diesel generator uses a Honda 1000 or 2000 if they have need for more juice. If you cruise the RV bulletin boards you get the same answer, buy a Honda. Check out the off the grid bulletin boards, same response. I am a pretty thick headed, but even I get it.

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