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Old 12-12-2014, 01:32 AM   #1
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Hi Folks....

Does anyone out there own a Powerhouse Inverter Generator?

If yes... any comments?

Thanks,
Larry
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:51 AM   #2
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Well no, I don't have it, can I make comments anyway? if yes...

Which one you looking at? I compared the Powerhouse PH2100PRi at Etrailer, to the Honda eu2000i which I have, spec wise in the areas that matter to me.

Quite as bit heavier, 73 vs 46 lbs (don't know if these are with or without gas)
More power, 16.7A vs 13.3A
Lower run time although it has roughly %50 more fuel. 7.5 vs 9.6 hrs
A bit bigger
Louder, 59 vs 66 dB

Cons to me:
The Honda is considered quiet, to me it's not, I only run it when I have to. The Powerhouse is even worse, IF you can tell such things.
Weight, even the 46 lbs is pretty heavy and awkward.
Fuel use, would only matter to me at home in an extended emergency, which we've had a few of over the years. Would not matter just for camping.

Pros:
Cheaper $640 vs $999
More power, run the AC and more. The Honda runs the 5.0 TA AC, but it's probably maxed doing so. Have not tried it where it's really hot or at altitude.

Pretty good reviews on the Powerhouse. If the noise and weight, and fuel consumption don't bother you, go for it.
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:21 PM   #4
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Louder, 59 vs 66 dB
A lot louder. Sound intensity doubles for every 3 dB increase, so the Powerhouse generator puts out more than 4 times as much sound as the Honda. Sound dissipates according to the inverse square law, so the Powerhouse would be as noisy at 20 feet as the Honda is at 10.

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A lot louder. Sound intensity doubles for every 3 dB increase, so the Powerhouse generator puts out more than 4 times as much sound as the Honda. Sound dissipates according to the inverse square law, so the Powerhouse would be as noisy at 20 feet as the Honda is at 10.

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But while sound power doubles every 3db, perceived loudness is subjective. It takes a 10db increase to sound twice as loud.

Still, most people are going to be able to hear the difference between the two.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:47 PM   #6
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I have a Scamp 16 that spends the summer months at a remote site in the Colorado Rockies where I work on a water diversion project. The Scamp is often occupied 2 to 4 days/week and I wanted a generator just to charge the battery. I first bought a Yamaha EF1000 and found that it runs too rich at 10,300' and frequently fouled the spark plug. I took it to the local Yamaha motorcycle shop but they were not familiar with generators and suggested I take it to Camping World. The nearest Camping World store is 130 miles away.

Next I bought a Powerhouse 500WI. It is a cute little thing--smaller and lighter than the Yamaha. It makes more noise than the Yamaha, which isn't an issue for me. It runs OK at high altitude. The Powerhouse is also serviced/repaired at Camping World. My use of electricity is minimal--a few hours a day of satellite radio, a couple of LED lights, and occasionally to run the furnace in the morning to take the chill off. I typically run the generator for about 30 minutes at the end of my 4-day shift to partially recharge the battery. A 10 watt Coleman solar panel tops off the battery before my next shift. The 500WI cost less than half as much as the Yamaha and does the job for me.

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Old 12-20-2014, 02:01 AM   #7
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Thanks all... really appreciate the feedback...

Safe & Happy Holidays...
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