inverter generators - Overview

Inverters are generally small, light and relatively quiet. Most, but not all, have their engines inside an enclosure and, as a result, are quieter in operation. Most of them are easy to transport in your car, mobile home and even your boat.

While they have an additional advantage of being friendly to sensitive electronics, there are some trade-offs. And these relate mainly to power outputs and price. Let's look at each in turn.

Inverter Technology

Inverters use a more modern technology that incorporates state-of-the-art electronics designed for portability and to reduce fuel and maintenance costs. Unlike traditional generators, they output a very stable and clean power output very similar to your home supply. It's this that allows you to safely connect sensitive electronic devices.

Power Output

While there are more powerful models, you'll find the most portable inverters provide between 1000 watts and 6250 watts of power output. At the lower end they can, for example, power some lights and a small refrigerator, and are good for camping/tailgating. Some can also drive a small air conditioner in an RV. There are more powerful inverters, but none come close to the bigger generators that are built with traditional technology. 

A Selection of Some of the Best Inverters

If you think you need an inverter, our selection here will be of interest. Browse the brief description of these models and click through to see a more in-depth review when you like the look of them.
4 stars

Briggs & Stratton Q6500

Weight: 139lbs - Sound: 66dB
Gasoline Start: 6500w - Run: 5000w
Powerful and reasonably quiet, this inverter is quite a good choice for home backup of more than just your basic and essential appliances.
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4 stars

Briggs & Stratton P4500

Weight: 115lbs - Sound: Not Stated
Gasoline Start: 4500w - Run: 3700w
An interesting design makes this electric start inverter stand out. It has plenty of power for your basic essentials.
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4 stars

Briggs & Stratton P2400

Weight: 51lbs - Sound: 62dB
Gasoline Start: 2400w - Run: 1800w
This Briggs & Stratton is great for those of you who like to weekend camp or have basic backup power in an emergency.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 100519

Weight: 121lbs - Sound: 68dB
Gasoline Start: 6250w - Run: 5000w
A fairly powerful open frame model with a different look, this is a versatile choice for ensuring you have power during any emergency.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 100574 DF

Weight: 82.2lbs - Sound: 64dB
Gasoline Start: 4000w - Run: 3500w
Propane: Start: 3600w - Run: 3150w
Honda reliability, quiet operation, clean output and light weight make this a top choice for limited home backup and casual use.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 100302

Weight: 81.6lbs - Sound: 64dB
Gasoline Start: 4000w - Run: 3500w
Hybrid technology brings you a 50% quieter and 20% lighter generator than traditional models, making this an effective power solution.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 100263 DF

Weight: 95.7lbs - Sound: 59dB
Gasoline Start: 3400w - Run: 3100w
Propane Start: 3060w - Run: 2090w
Clean power, electric start and wheels allow for easy operation, and dual fuel gives you that extra flexibility to keep the power on.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 100692 2000

Weight: 39.5lbs - Sound: 53dB
Gasoline Start: 2000w - Run: 1700w
Light, quiet and simple to operate, you can take it almost anywhere. It's also available as a dual fuel model, shown next.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 100402 2000

Weight: 47.6lbs - Sound: 53dB
Gasoline Start: 2000w - Run: 1800w
Propane: Start: 1800w - Run: 1440w
A light and quiet dual fuel model, with a digital display, ideal for casual camping, tailgating and other recreational activities.
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4 and a Half stars

Duromax XP2000iS

Weight: 47lbs - Sound: 52dB
Gasoline Start: 2000w - Run: 1800w
A virtually take-anywhere generator from DuroMax which is light, quiet and easy to operate, plus it's super economical.
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4 and a Half stars

Generac GP3500iO

Weight: 74.3lbs - Sound: N/A
Gasoline Start: 3500w - Run: 3000w
An open frame model to to take camping and tailgating. And it's got enough power for light job site work and basic home backup.
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4 and a Half stars

Generac iQ3500

Weight: 109.1lbs - Sound: N/A
Gasoline Start: 3500w - Run: 3000w
A fully featured electric start model with 120V and 240V capability for your home essentials and high amperage tools.
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3 stars

Generac GP2200i

Weight: 48lbs - Sound: N/A
Gasoline Start: 2200w - Run: 1700w
A practical alternative for camping and recreational activities that buyers report as being great value for money.
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3 stars

Generac GP1200i

Weight: 33lbs - Sound: N/A
Gasoline Start: 1200w - Run: 1000w
A light weight inverter, simple to use with some basic power for your outdoor activities such as camping and tailgating.
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5 stars

Honda EU2200i

Weight: 46lbs - Sound: 48dB
Gasoline Start: 2200w - Run: 1800w
The Gold Standard of inverters, this no frills reliable workhorse is backed by Honda's fame for the best in engineering excellence.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN GN400i

Weight: 66.1lbs - Sound: N/A
Gasoline Start: 4750w- Run: 3750w
An open frame, compact and light weight inverter with an innovative design. It packs plenty of punch for a lot of outdoor activities.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN 56380i

Weight: 99.2lbs - Sound: 57dB
Gasoline Start: 3800w - Run: 3400w
Compact and quiet, this WEN  inverter has an excellent control panel with digital readout, plus a decent amount of power for various uses.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN 56203i

Weight: 39lbs - Sound: 53dB
Gasoline Start: 2000w - Run: 1700w
A good choice, this WEN is one of the lightest and most affordable inverters. It's simple to operate and, better still, it's pretty quiet.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN 56200i

Weight: 48lbs - Sound: 51dB
Gasoline Start: 2000w - Run: 1600w
Another simple to operate example from WEN, this will suit those who like to enjoy all kinds of recreational activities.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN 56225i

Weight: 48.5lbs - Sound: 52dB
Gasoline Start: 2250w - Run: 1800w
A well-reviewed inverter both for recreational use and for some limited backup during short-term power outages.
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4 and a Half stars

Westinghouse iGen4500

Weight: 98lbs - Sound: 52dB
Gasoline Start: 4500w - Run: 3700w
You get the benefits of a remote keyfob with the electric start, this model has a big punch and low noise, making it an excellent choice.
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5 stars

Westinghouse iGen2200

Weight: 46lbs - Sound: 52dB
Gasoline Start: 2200w - Run: 1800w
A great little portable inverter from Westinghouse for the camper and tailgater. It's fairly light and quiet and is easy to operate.
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5 stars

Yamaha EF2400iSH

Sound: 53dB - Weight: 75lbs
Gasoline Start: 2400ws - Run: 2000w
A top quality portable inverter with a retro look, and built to last for discerning buyers who value durability over cost.
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5 stars

Yamaha EF2000Sv2

Sound: 53dB - Weight: 44.1lbs
Gasoline Start: 2000w - Run: 1600w
Easy to operate and well-engineered, Yamaha is popular among buyers who value a brand renowned for its high quality products.
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4 and a Half stars

Yamaha EF1000iS

Weight: 27.9lbs - Sound: 57dB
Gasoline Start:1000w - Run: 900w
For those who demand top quality and durability, this is the lightest model here, though not the quietest, but its features could suit you.
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4 and a Half stars

A-iPower SUA2000i

Weight: 46lbs - Sound: 58dB
Gasoline Start: 2000w - Run: 1600w
A compact and light weight inverter excellent for light and recreational use, with an engine said to be compatible with a Yamaha.
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4 and a Half stars

A-iPower SC2000i

Weight: 46lbs - Sound: 58dB
Gasoline Start: 2000w - Run: 1600w
Nearly identical to the A-iPower SUA2000i, this model is fitted with the Yamaha 79cc engine and is more expensive, possibly for that reason.
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Last updated on: 1 December 2022
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