Some of the Best Light Weight Portable Generators on the Market Today

Overview

This type of portable generator invariably uses inverter technology. The models are much quieter than their traditional counterparts because their smaller engines are usually, but not always, enclosed in a suitcase-style housing - the heavier, and more powerful, WEN GN400 is, by comparison, an example that uses an Open Frame structure. Very few have a dual fuel capability.

They are purposely designed to be more compact and light for the maximum in portability and ease of use. This is what people usually want so that they can really enhance their enjoyment of recreational activities, be it for camping or tailgating. But others also buy them for a bit of basic and essential power when the grid goes down, as well as for other emergencies.

Manufacturers

Our selection below covers major brands with models ranging from the diminutive Yamaha EF1000iS at under 28lbs to the Briggs & Stratton P2200 at 54lbs. Other models here are made by Champion Power Equipment, Duromax, Generac, WEN and Westinghouse.

Types of Light Models

Of the fifteen generators we describe below, all but one - the Champion 100402 - operate with the single fuel, gasoline. 

Power Outputs

The lightest portable generators are at the lowest end of power outputs. They range from 900 to 2000 running watts, and 1000 to 2400 starting watts. 

While lower in power, you have the benefit of being able to safely connect sensitive electronics because of the inverter technology present in all these models.

Portable Power Stations

It's worth mentioning here that is you regard portability as the number one priority and you are not so much concerned about power outputs, them you could also have a look at portable power stations. These are of a completely different technology in that they use lithium-ion batteries to store electrical energy once they have been charged rather than use an engine to generate power. They are silent and generally much more portable.
5 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 here. It's not the quietest, but its other features could suit you.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN 56203i SuperQuiet

Weight: 39lbs - Sound: 53dB
Gasoline Start: 2000w - Run: 1700w
A good choice from WEN, this light and affordable inverter is simple to operate, has a low noise level and is a camper's friend.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 100692 2000

Weight: 39.5lbs - Sound: 53dB
Gasoline Start: 2000w - Run: 1700w
A gas-powered inverter which is light and quiet, plus it's simple to operate. It's also available as a dual fuel model (see item 12).
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5 stars

Yamaha EF2000Sv2

Weight: 44.1lbs - Sound: 53dB
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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5 stars

Westinghouse iGen2200

Weight: 46lbs - Sound: 52dB
Gasoline Start: 2200w - Run: 1800w
Light weight, low noise and simple to operate, making it ideal for casual camping, tailgating and other recreational activities.
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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

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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4 and a Half stars

DuroMax XP2000iS

Weight: 47lbs - Sound: 52dB
Gasoline Start: 2000w - Run: 1800w
Honda reliability, quiet operation and lightweight have made this a top choice for casual campers and tailgaters.
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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 inverter with a digital display, perfect for casual camping, tailgating and other recreational uses.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN 56200i 2000

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

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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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 limited backup during short-term power outages.
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4 stars

Briggs & Stratton P2400

Weight: 51lbs - Sound: 62dB
Gasoline Start: 2400w - Run: 1800w
A well-known brand, this Briggs & Stratton is great for those who like to weekend camp or have some basic backup power.
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Last updated on: 1 December 2022
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