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800 watts = $160!

OMG! this tiny little generator I saw at Harbor freight! gotta wonder if it would be better then not having any. At that price and with the full replacement plan it's very tempting!
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Harborfreight is known for great tools and rotten electrical equipment.

A friend once bought a knock off thinking it'd be cheaper. Took him a long time to get it returned and his $$ back because the unit did not produce to its rating and then didn't work.

The only generators that people have truly been happy with on boats are the Hondas, plus maybe one or two others, but rare.

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I am running my laptop, my wifes laptop, charging my house and windlass batteries, my NanoStation WIFI antenna and wirelss router off my honda 2000 right now. It works great and I can barely hear it 20 feet away. OK, I can hear it but it's soft enough to mentally block it out when you aren't thinking whether or not you can hear it. Never tried AC.

I originally bought a honda 1000 and my Freedom 25 battery charger would trip the breaker on the generator on bulk charge. An 800 Watt generator from Harbor Frieght (rumered to run at a lower than it's rating) may be a dissappointment if it can't even charge your batteries. Your load and indended usage could be different though. I also recently read on a blog that their 1000 watt honda wasn't powerful enough to run their orbital palm sander. Thinking back, I may have run an orbital sander off my 1000 watt honda generator.
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Can't hep wonder what it is they you have which runs on less than 800w that can't be effectively run off a small inverter.
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A yamaha or honda would be a better bet. Also, the Yamaha and Hondas are four-strokes, so likely to be more fuel efficient and less noisy.
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Not worth the time to look at it. It will only work for a while, it runs at 3600rpm all the time, is loud, uses lots of fuel and worst yet you will not be able to get all the oil and gas out of it when you discover it's true use, it's only good use, is as a kellet.
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A yamaha or honda would be a better bet. Also, the Yamaha and Hondas are four-strokes, so likely to be more fuel efficient and less noisy.
IMHO Dog hit the nail on the head. By their very design, 2-strokes can't have effective mufflers. So it will be loud in use. Who needs that? Get a small solar panel for about the same price, and you'll get a lot more watts out of it over time.

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i had one just like that. i had it for low demand storm use at home. i did use it on the boat till it died, it lasted outside under a small roof at home for 3 years. less than a year on the boat, but it was not only on the boat, it was almost 4 years old. it ran for about 5 hours on a gallon, was not overwhelmingly loud.

i would say if you wont need it often go for it, and i mean often as in just for float charge monthly or storm use at home. basicly as a back up its fine, not to be used daily or even weekly.
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Well, OMG again! $199.00! There's a 45 watt solar panel set up available at harbor freight too! They are glass and alum framed of course. I have 2, 5 watt panels on my boat and they keep my batteries up.
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