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Sanddragger

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Posted: 07/15/19 12:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We put the Predator generator to the test this weekend. We purchased the 2000 watt and we were very disappointed in it's ability to power anything. We were able to get a pot of coffee and that was it. (it took every ounce of power). We will be returning and upgrading to a larger unit. Generator however fired right up and ran great, just not enough output.
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Well 2000 Watts isn't much power at all. Great for running lights,the fridge, furnace, Micro, and water pump. Forget the AC and other things with only 2000 watts
Heck I think my wife's hair dryer is 1800 watts alone.

People really rave about the 3500 watt predator. Maybe give that one a try and you should be able to run the AC no problem with it.


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Your coffee maker draws 1500 watts. The Pred is 2000 watts peak, 1850 running. No wonder you were not happy. You had nothing left. Get the bigger one.

Me, I use the propane stove and a coffee pot.


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I use the Predator 3500 and it runs the entire TT including AC and microwave, lights, fridge etc. Very happy so far.

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George3037 wrote:

I use the Predator 3500 and it runs the entire TT including AC and microwave, lights, fridge etc. Very happy so far.


Compared to the pricey Honda, the Pred is a bargain.

If someone gave me a Honda, I'd use it but in as much as I'm paying for a genny, I'll take a Pred or a Champion.

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Posted: 07/15/19 08:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Even elevation will steal some of those few watts the genny makes. My Honda 2000i had the same limitations.

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Ditto. Have a 2000w Champ inverter, barely runs a few items. Won't run a lot of things without the home made jumper plug to settle the floating ground.

Also have the 3400w Champ inverter. It runs everything fine (15,000 BTU AC) and barely groans.


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Another happy Predator 3500 here. Love that it's idle quiet unless it's being pushed to above 1200-1500 watts and even at full load, very reasonable. Used it run my AC this weekend while I was out there working and ran like a champ. Very happy with my purchase decision.


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We have an inverter/charger on out 5er. All the electrical - except the water heater and AC's are run off it. I have power for (almost) everything all the time (off the batteries). I find a 2000 watt generator works well for charging the batteries, and I can program with a few buttons the input of my I/C to 10 or 15 amps, if the load is more then that, it will switch to inverter off the generator and run the load, switching back to the generator when it is done. I run the coffee pot, microwave, toaster, and lighting all off an old Costco 2000 generator. Within the limits of my battery bank, I can do all of that without the generator as well, but the batteries don't last long with a 200-300 amp load. The 2000 will burn less fuel then the 3500 at very small loads, run it close to rated power, and the larger generator at 1/2 load usually burns less fuel.


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Sanddragger wrote:

We put the Predator generator to the test this weekend. We purchased the 2000 watt and we were very disappointed in it's ability to power anything. We were able to get a pot of coffee and that was it. (it took every ounce of power). We will be returning and upgrading to a larger unit. Generator however fired right up and ran great, just not enough output.
Mike


Mike just curious has Harbor Freight let you exchange the 2000 for the 3500? Or will they just take it back and refund you your money? Just curious a lot of places once you put fuel in it it is yours.

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