7 Best Camping Generators of 2024 – Compact Yet Powerful

A quality generator is a lifeline for your camping journey to charge all your devices, operate appliances like a space heater in winter, a fridge to keep your food safe, lots of lights, a projector, and other camping essentials.

After testing 25 camping generators and consulting with camping geeks, we have made the list of the best camping generators available in the market with decent capacity and runtime, modern features with noiseless operation, and also proved to be safe for your appliances and environment.

Without further wasting time, let’s explore our Top picks:

Editor’s Pick

Honda EU2200i
  • 2200 Starting Watts
  • 1800 Running Watts
  • 8.1 hours at 25% load
  • 57 – 58 dB (A) at 50% load
tOP Pick

  • 1200 Starting Watts
  • 720 Running Watts
  • X-Stream Fast Charge
  • X – Boost technology

Champion 2000 Watt
  • 2000 Starting Watts
  • 1700 Running Watts
  • 11.5 hours hours at 25% load
  • 60 – 61 dB (A) at 50% load

Comparison Chart

Honda 662220 EU2200i
  • Power Source: Gasoline
  • Starting Watts: 2200
  • Running Watts: 1800
  • Noise: 61 – 62 dB(A) at 50% Load

  • Power Source: Solar/Electricity
  • Starting Watts: 1200
  • Running Watts: 720
  • Noise: Negligible

  • Power Source: Solar/Electricity
  • Starting Watts: 3500
  • Running Watts: 3200
  • Noise: 62 – 63 dB (A) at 50%

Jackery Portable Power 500
  • Power Source: Solar/Electricity
  • Starting Watts: 1000
  • Running Watts: 500
  • Noise: Negligible

Champion 2000 Watt Inverter Generator
  • Power Source: Gasoline/Dual fuel
  • Starting Watts: 2000
  • Running Watts: 1700
  • Noise: 60 – 61 dB(A) at 50% Load

Portable Power Station OUKITEL CN505
  • Power Source: Solar/Electricity
  • Starting Watts: 1000
  • Running Watts: 614
  • Noise: Negligible

Champion Power 4500
  • Power Source: Gasoline/Dual fuel
  • Starting Watts: 4500
  • Running Watts: 3500
  • Noise: 61 – 62 dB(A) at 50% Load

1. Honda 662220 EU2200i 2200 Watt – Best Camping Generator


  • Starting/Running watts: 2200/1800
  • Runtime: 8.1 hours at 25% load, 3.5 hours at 92% load
  • Parallel ready.
  • CO – miner sensor for carbon monoxide protection.
  • 121cc Honda GXR120 Engine.
  • Honda My Generator app with Bluetooth compatibility.
  • Fuel type: Gasoline
  • Fuel tank size: 0.95 gallons.
  • Weight: 47.4lbs
  • Dimensions: 20 x 11.4 x 16.7 inches

Honda EU2200i is not only popular for its durability, decent capacity, and runtime but also seeks love from camping lovers just because of its portability. It only weighs about 48 lbs with a decent carrying handle to carry it like a briefcase. Also compact enough to fit in your travel trailer, pickup truck, or even in a car.

Besides its portability and durability, this generator provides me 8 hours of runtime at 25% load and 3 and a half hours at 90% load which is not a bad result on 0.5 gallons of the fuel tank. Make sure to take a few gallons of gasoline with you, whenever you are going to spend winter nights.

Noise Levels:

Since this machine works differently in both eco and normal mode I have conducted two tests 1st on eco mode and 2nd on normal mode.

Eco-mode: from 24ft away I got 57 – 58dB (A) on average with no load on eco mode, however with the previous model I got 55 – 56dB (A).

Normal mode: from the same distance I got 61 – 62dB (A) on average with eco mode off, however with the previous model I got 70 – 71dB (A) which is amazing, even the new unit has a bigger engine but it is 9 – 10dB (A) quieter than previous.

Noise test of HONDA EU2200i
Noise test of HONDA EU2200i

Capacity: After downloading the Honda app from the Play Store I fired up my generator and put some load to figure out what things I could run with it. Well, the configuration and user experience of the app is pretty easy you will find eco throttle, running, oil life, and a dial that shows us the total output wattages.

I ran the following appliances to make sure they are reliable for my camping journey or not.

  • Hair Dryer  
  • Heater.
  • Laptops, drones, cameras, etc.
  • Coffee makers.
  • Electric smoker.
  • Small fridge.
  • Small AC unit
  • Microwave.
  • All lighting, TVs, LEDs, etc. of RV.

The above-mentioned appliances run smoothly without any voltage drop since the machine has
121 cc Honda GXR120 engine that can produce 2200 surge and 1800 rated watts you can run pretty much everything during the camping.

Besides having decent capacity, it is parallel-ready; you can connect another same or bigger unit to get doubled or tripled capacity.

Outlets and essentials: 2x 120V AC 15A, a battery charging DC 12V, parallel ports, an eco-mode button, some indicator lights, a circuit protector, and a grounding nut.

Safety features: The Honda EU2200i not only comes with traditional safety features like low oil alert and smooth voltages but also comes with the latest co-miner which detects carbon monoxide and shuts off the unit whenever the CO (carbon monoxide) concentration comes to dangerous levels.

CO MINDER sensor test of honda eu2200i
CO MINDER test of Honda eu2200i

I ran a test and found promising results, I ran my unit in a closet for about a few seconds and the engine shut off suddenly after 24 seconds, when I opened the closet I found a blinking red light which indicated the concentration of CO was more than safe levels. Well, this unit has a smart CO-miner still doesn’t ever use it indoors.

  • Lightweight and durable.
  • Easy to use and maintain.
  • Supper silent operations.
  • Comes with 3 years of warranty.
  • Safe for you and your environment.
  • Run almost all camping essentials.
  • Equipped with all necessary ports.
  • No RV-ready port and electric start-up

Here is a detailed review of the Honda EU2200i

2. EF ECO FLOW RIVER Pro – Best Portable Generator For Camping


  • Starting/running watts: 1200/720
  • 3-way charging (solar, car outlet, and wall outlet).
  • X-Stream Fast Charge (0 – 90% charging within 1 hour on wall outlet).
  • Durable lithium-ion batteries.
  • X – Boost technology to increase the capacity up to 1500w.
  • Can be linked with an extra battery to get double capacity.
  • Can be controlled with the ECO flow App.
  • Power up to 10 devices depending on the wattage.
  • Steady voltages.
  • AC outlets for power-hungry appliances.
  • Weight: 16.8 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.3 x 9.3 inches

This little beast is solely built to enhance your camping journey; it only weighs about 16 lbs. with an extremely compact and futuristic design.  I got my power station at the right time with perfect conditions.

I didn’t find any cracks on the top of the eco-flow river. Well, the box contains the machine itself, a user manual, a warranty card, an MC4 to XT60 Solar Charging Cable, an AC charging cable, a DC5521-DC5525 Cable, and a car charging cable.

Design and build quality: Eco Flow River is one of the prettiest portable power stations I have ever seen in my life, the front contains a control panel with all essential USB ports, however, the back is plain.

The right side has some outlets, a battery expansion port, and vents; however, the left side contains some inputs, grounding nuts, circuit breakers, and vents.

When it comes to the built quality, it is made of hard plastic that will surely last longer.

Outlets and Essentials:

  • 2x USB Type-A ports.
  • 1x USB A fast charging.
  • 1x USB type C 100W fast charging.
  • 1x DC car outlet.
  • 2x DC outlets.
  • 3x 110v AC outlets that can operate any appliance less than 600 watts.
  • A light.
  • An LCD that shows the input and output wattages, total charging, how much it can run, and what inputs are connected.

Charging test: ECO Flow River can be charged with solar, car, and wall outlets. The manufacturer has claimed that it comes with X-Stream Fast Charge, you will get 0-80% under 1 hour with a wall outlet, however with a car outlet and solar power you will get a full charge in 8 and 4-8 hours respectively.

My test results;

With the wall outlet, I got 0 – 90% within an hour, the output wattage is about 620 – 625W on average which is mind-blowing. Well, I got fully charged within 1.5 hours.

EF-ECO FLOW RIVER Pro charging test with a wall outlet
EF-ECO FLOW RIVER Pro charging test with a wall outlet

After connecting the battery with the unit to double the capacity I got fully charged both within 3 hours.

With 110w of solar panel, I got 80% of charging within 4.5 hours which is not that bad.

NOTE: Like ECO flow delta after draining the complete charging you may need to wait for about 1 to 2 hours before charging it again.

What can EF ECO FLOW RIVER pro run – Load Test?

EF ECO FLOW RIVER pro can produce 1200w of starting and 720w of running watt and also have X-Boost technology mode that can provide more than 1500w, well I got an overload light after 1200w even when the X-Boost mode was ON.


Besides the X-Boost technology, you have the option to couple another battery to double the capacity.

I have run the following appliances on ECO FLOW River with X boost ON and OFF.

  • Light (10w).
  • Blender (500w).
  • Small fridge (450).
  • Projector (300w).
  • Electric frying pan (950) – X-boost ON.
  • Space heater (1000w) – X-boost ON.
  • Charge all of the laptops, drones, camera mobile, etc. (300w).

After connecting the battery I operated the following power-hungry appliances.

  • Space heater (1500w).
  • Oven (1000w).
  • Hairdryer (1500w).

I am pretty satisfied with its performance even though I have connected 10 devices at the same time during the camping, I charged the drones, laptops, mobiles, cameras small speakers, etc. it never disappoints me.

Runtime Test: It depends if you are going to run at full capacity you may get 1-2 hours, however with a 25% load you may get 7 – 8 hours.

Safety features: This portable camping generator has multilayers of protection including overload, over-temperature, Lower temperature, Short circuit, Low voltage, overcurrent protection, etc.

  • 10x fast charging.
  • Lightweight and durable.
  • Easy to operate.
  • No maintenance is required.
  • Easy to transport like a briefcase.
  • Multiple charging options.
  • Longer runtime.
  • Noise-free.
  • Multiple outlets.
  • Safe for appliances and the environment.
  • You can’t do rapid charging (less charging efficiency).
  • LCD wattage is inaccurate.

3. GENMAX GM3500iAED Portable Inverter Generator


  • Starting and running watts on Gasoline: 3500/3200
  • Starting and running watts on LPG: 3100/2800
  • Runtime on gasoline: 13 – 14 hours at 25% load
  • Runtime on LPG: 20+ hours at 25% load
  • Noise levels from 25ft.: 62 – 63 dB (A) at 50% load
  • Engine: 145cc 4-stroke OHV high-speed engine
  • Telescopic handle and non-flat wheels
  • Remote and push start
  • Digital Control Center
  • CO Alert
  • Inverter generator with <%3 THD
  • Parallel Ready
  • Dual Fuel technology
  • Dimensions: 20.87 x 12.2 x 19.69 inches
  • Weight: ‎59.5lb.
  • RV Ready
  • Fuel tank size: 1.7 Gallons

Like GENMAX GM10500iETC this little beast has solid dual-fuel technology to ensure uninterrupted running even if you run out of gasoline.

Besides the fuel versatility, this machine provides 3200 rated watts on gasoline and 2800 on LPG along with a multifunctional control panel that also offers a 30 amp RV-ready plug as well.

Design built quality and Portability: GENMAX GM3500iAED weighs only ‎59.5 lb. with a telescopic handle, a pair of non-flat wheels, and a briefcase style carrying handle to roam around the machine without even breaking a sweat.

Unlike Honda EU2200i and EU3000IS, the build quality of this unit seems average to me, after a few tests I found that this unit doesn’t have a sturdy flexible casing that can sustain extreme wear and tear.

 Outlets and Essentials:

  • Digital control Panel (track the voltage, Hours, and frequency)
  • Push start
  • Low idle
  • AC breakers
  • CO alert
  • DC 5V 1A/2.1A USB ports
  • Parallel ports
  • AC reset
  • 1 X 120V 30A Outlet
  • 1 X Duplex 120V 20A
  • Grounding terminal

Capacity Test: GM3500iAED is equipped with a super powerful high-speed 145cc 4-stroke OHV engine that can produce 3500 surges and 3200 rated watts on gasoline with <3% THD.  With LPG this machine provides me about 3100 surge and 2800 rated watts.

GENMAX GM3500iAED voltage curves
GENMAX GM3500iAED voltage curves

Besides impressive capacity, this machine also offers parallel ports to connect two similar units for doubling the power.

Well, I have run the following equipment and appliances to assess the actual capacity of the machine.

ApplianceRunning WattsStarting Watts
Space Heater 1800 1800
13000 but RV air conditioner25001300
Coffee Maker10000
Electric Oven6000
Washing Machine11502250
Air Compressor (0.50 HP)10002000

NOTE: The tests were conducted with both gasoline and LPG, on gasoline the GM3500iAED managed to provide 3100 rated watts, however on LPG the unit overloads at 2700 watts.

Noise Test: GENMAX GM3500iAED has a perfect enclosure with idle mode to adjust the noise levels as per the requirements.

Well, I Have conducted a few tests with my sound meter to ensure whether the unit is as quiet as claimed by the manufacturers or not.

  • At 25% load, I was getting around 57 – 58 dB (A) from 25ft. away
  • At 50% load, I was getting around 62 – 63 dB (A) from 25ft away.
GENMAX GM3500iAED Noise Test
GENMAX GM3500iAED Noise Test

I must say this generator is as quiet as a normal conversation; you can comfortably place it around 30 – 35 ft. away to experience peaceful camping.

Runtime Test: Like champion 4500 watts, Westinghouse iGen4500, and other high-end inverter generators GM3500iAED is also equipped with a super-efficient inverter, dual fuel technology, and Idle mode to ensure uninterrupted longer runtime.

As per my tests, this machine lasts about 12 – 13 hours at a 25% load on a single tank of gasoline, however, with an increased load, you may have to compromise on the runtime. With a 20lb LPG tank, I got about 20+ hours which is amazing.

Overall GM3500iAED could be a great companion to spend freezing winter nights.

Remote start Test: As per my experience, Remote start is a lifesaver during the harsh weather.

Well, I have done a few tests to figure out the actual range of the remote control below are the results.

  • From 25ft. the generator starts in an instant.
  • I doubled the distance (50ft.) and surprisingly the GM3500iAED still started in an instant.
  • At 70 ft. the generator struggles to start which is pretty common for even expensive remote-start inverter generators.

Safety Features: GENMAX GM3500iAED isn’t only certified by the EPA but also has a super sensitive CO detector, and GFCI outlets with proper labeling on the unit to ensure safe interaction.

In addition to that GENMAX has utilized modern inverter technology to ensure pure sine waves with negligible Total harmonic distortion (<3%).

Maintenance, Warranty, and Customer Support: GM3500iAED provides toolless entry to do oil changes and other necessary maintenance in an instant.

Side panel of the GENMAX GM3500iAED
The side panel of the GENMAX GM3500iAED

When it comes to the warranty this unit includes 1 year warranty with lifetime support from the experts.

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Safe and clean power
  • Easy to use and maintain
  • Versatile control panel
  • Quiet and efficient
  • Versatile fuel options
  • Longer runtime.
  • Budget-friendly
  • Average built quality
  • Not Certified by CARB (California Air Resources Board)

4. Jackery Explorer 500 – Best Camping Generator For The Money


  • Starting and running watts: 1000/500
  • 3 ways of charging support.
  • Lithium-ion battery pack with BMS.
  • Built-in MPPT charge control for getting better charging efficiency on solar.
  • Pure sine waves AC outlet.
  • Dimension: 11.84×7.59×9.20 inches
  • Weight: 13.3lbs.

Jackery Power Station 500 is the most compact power station with all necessary outputs, durable and long-lasting lithium-ion batteries, and all modern safety and portability features.

I got my Jackery 500 within the right time with perfect packaging; I must say the customer support of these guys is amazing. The box includes some user manuals, a car charging cable, an AC charger, and a warranty card.

Design and build quality: The front of this power station contains a huge control panel with lots of outlets and essentials, however, the back is plain, and the right side has a lot of vents, however, the left side contains a flashlight and more vents for cooling down the machine.

When it comes to the built quality, it is made of a hard plastic that I think can last for years.

Output and essentials:

  • An LCD monitors output/input wattages and battery life.
  • AC outlet that can support 500 watts with 110v.
  • 3x USB Type-A ports.
  • 2x DC 12v, 7amp input
  • DC car outlet of 12v, 10amp.
  • DC output.

Charging test: Jackery 500 can be charged with a wall outlet, solar, or car outlet with pass-through technology below are the results of my charging tests.

With the wall outlet, I found 81 – 82w of input power, and takes almost 7 – 7.5 hours to get fully charged. After connecting it to the 12v car outlet I get almost half 40 – 42w of inputs and it takes almost 13 – 14 hours to get fully charged.

With a 100-watt solar panel, I got 62 – 66w, and takes almost 10 – 11 hours.

As per my test, I found this power station is not that fast like ECO flow and other powerful power stations, but its pass-through charging technology is a lifesaver for me, I charged my multiple essentials, even when the Jackery 500 is in charge. I don’t need to wait until the unit becomes charged.

Runtime test: At full capacity almost 96 – 98% load I got 53 – 54 minutes of runtime, which makes sense since this machine is not for high-power-hungry appliances. With a 20% load, I got 3.5 – 3.8 hours.

What can Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 500 Run? (Load test)

Jackery Explorer 500 comes with a 518-watt-hour inverter and lithium-ion battery pack that can produce up to 1000 starting and 500 running watts. Also, its inverter produces pure sine waves which means you will get a steady voltage flow.

Below are the appliances I used for testing purposes.

  • Blender 400 watts.
  • The air pump of 100 watts.
  • Mini fridge 350 watts
  • Projector 200 watts.
  • Mobile, cameras, drones, and laptops charging 200 watts

Overall this portable power station is a lifesaver for me on my camping journey since I can charge my all shooting stuff, laptops, mobile, etc. even when it is on charging.

Safety features: Like all other expensive this power station has an intelligent BMS system that constantly protects against Over-charge, thermal, high or low voltage, short current, or over-discharge.

  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Easy to use with no maintenance.
  • Durable and safe to use.
  • Versatile outlets and charging options.
  • Pass-through charging.
  • Almost zero noise.
  • Slow charging.

5. Champion 2000 Watt Inverter Generator


  • Starting/Running watts: 2000/1700
  • Runtime: 11.5 hours @ 25% load
  • Dual fuel
  • Parallel ready
  • Engine size: 79cc
  • <3% THD.
  • Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.5 x 17.7 inches
  • Weight: 39.5lb.

Champion 2000 Watt Inverter Generator is one of the smallest portable camping generators with decent capacity and runtime. Also, it is loaded with lots of modern features like Eco mode, parallel ready, dual fuel option, and multiple outlets.

Well, the design and build quality of the unit is pretty impressive, it only weighs 39.5 lb. with a carrying handle to transport it easily.

What is included in the box: I got a user manual, oil funnel, propane hose, engine oil, and a USB adopter.

Runtime: The Champion 2000-watt portable inverter generator comes with a 1.05-gallon gasoline tank and an option to connect your LPG tank easily. As per my fuel test, I got 11 hours of runtime at 30% load, however, with 50% load I got about 5 – 5.5 hours.

Experts Suggestions: Make sure to purchase a dual-fuel unit to avoid uninterrupted running, since there is a single-fuel version of it make sure to avoid it if you want to put 50% of the load

Noise levels: I take my decibel meter (sound meter) and perform two tests one with Eco mode ON and the other with normal mode from 25 ft. away.

Test 1 Result with Eco Mode: 60 – 61dBs.

Test 2 Result with Normal Mode: 69 – 70dBs

NOTE: The manufacturer has claimed that this unit can produce 53 dB from a distance of 23 ft., which is not true as per my tests.

Load test: This machine has a 4-stroke 79cc engine that can produce 2000 surges and 1700 rated watts. I put some loads accordingly to test out the voltage fluctuation or any other problem

  • A coffee maker of 1650 watts.
  • Space heater of 1500 watt
  • All of the lights, TVs, etc. 1500 watts
  • The refrigerator of 450 watts.
  • Electric smoker.
  • Mini refrigerator 350 watts.

This machine produces <3% THD which means all sensitive appliances will be safe from unsteady voltages, also it is parallel ready you can connect two same or a bigger unit to double or triple the capacity.

Safety features: Since the unit has <3% of THD your appliance will be safe, also it meets the standards of EPA and CARB which means there will be low carbon footprints.

  • Extremely lightweight and compact.
  • Easy to use and maintain.
  • Efficient.
  • Safe and eco-friendly.
  • Silent operation.
  • Multiple outlets.
  • No RV-ready outlet.

Here is the detailed review of the Champion 2000 Watt Inverter Generator

6. Portable Power Station OUKITEL CN505


  • Starting/running watts: 1000/614
  • Weight: 16lb.
  • Dimensions: 13 x 6 x 8 inches
  • 3 ways of charging (solar, car outlet, and AC input).
  • Charging time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Battery Capacity: 615WH/192000mAH
  • Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery with BMS(explosion-free).
  • 10 years battery life with 2000 life cycles.
  • Built-in Mppt for better solar charging.

Design and built quality: Well, the design of this machine is pretty compact with extremely lightweight, the top contains a carrying handle and the bottom contains rubber legs for stabilization. The front contains a control panel and the back contains a flashlight and some vents for airflow.

When it comes to the built quality, the casing of this power station is made from durable aluminum that is rigid enough to sustain fire or high temperatures, and also has functions to dissipate heat perfectly to cool down the unit.

Outlets and essentials:

  • 2x 110v AC outlets.
  • 12V, 5amp DC outlet.
  • 12v, 5amp Cigarette outlet.
  • 24v input.
  • USB Type – C
  • 2 x 5V USB ports.
  • 2x USB 2.0 ports.

Charging Test: Since this machine can be charged in three ways I have conducted three tests one on AC power, 2nd on solar power, and 3rd on car outlet, the results are below.

With an AC outlet, I got a fully charged power station in 6 – 6.7 hours, It only supports 80w of input which is not that good, a user like me can’t wait that long, but it has pass-through charging support that helps me to charge my devices when the power station is in charge.

With the car and solar outlet, I got the same 80w of input and it takes 6- 7 hours to get fully charged.  I must say the built-in MPPT solar technology provides a decent charging efficiency.

What can OUKITEL CN505 run?

Since this power station has 614w of running and 1000 starting watts I didn’t put a high load on it I just operated the following necessary camping accessories and appliances.

  • Mobile, laptop, mini fan (200w)
  • Mini fridge (150w)
  • Drone and camera batteries (150w).
  • Travel mug (100w).

Runtime test: With 95% load, I got about 55 – 58 minutes, however, with 25% load, I got about 4 – 5 hours which is not that bad since I purchased this power station for charging the stuff or operating low power-hungry light, LCDs, etc.

Safety and life cycle: OUKITEL CN505 comes with a (BMS) which makes sure to prolong the battery life by providing protection from Short Circuits, over-current, Overvoltage, Overload, Overheating, and other potential hazards.

Also, its advanced LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery) is explosion-free and can last for about 2000 cycles, also can work perfectly in lower temperatures, moreover, it is safe for the environment and decomposable as well.

  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Durable and safe.
  • Easy to use with no maintenance.
  • Decent run time.
  • Cross-charging support.
  • Multiple charging options.
  • Multiple ports.
  • Longer charging time.

7. Champion Power Equipment 200987 4500


  • Starting/running watts: 4500 / 3500.
  • Engine size and type: 4-stroke 212cc OHV.
  • Runtime: 13 hours on 30%, 7- 8 hours on 50%
  • <3% THD (total harmonic distortion).
  • Eco mode.
  • RV ready
  • Intelligauge Power Meter.
  • Remote start from 80ft.
  • Parallel ready.
  • Weight: 101lb.
  • Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.7 x 20.1 inches.

Champion Power Equipment 4500 is one of the best camping inverter generators available in the market if you need a decent capacity with silent operation. We include this unit for people who want to operate multiple power-hungry appliances like smokers, electric stoves, coffee makers, etc., even during camping.

Well, the unit comes with engine oil, tool kits, a USB adopter, an oil funnel, a user manual, and a remote control.

Design and build quality: This is one of the prettiest camping generators I have ever seen in my life, it is a perfect blend of yellow and matt black with a durable frame that can last for years.

The front contains a long foldable handle a fully functional control panel and a small compartment of battery below the control panel, however, the back contains some vents and a spark arrestor. The top of the machine has two handles for lifting and excess to fill up the gasoline.

The right side of the unit has a manual pull starter and a small compartment to change the engine oil or drain the overflowed gasoline, however, the left side contains a huge panel that can be removed to do maintenance.

Ports and essentials:

  • Remote control that can work from 80ft. away
  • 4-mode LCD that shows the runtime, Volts, Eco mode button, and Frequency).
  • EZ Start Dial.
  • 2x 120V, 20AC.
  • 1x 120V, 30A RV ready port.
  • ON/OFF battery switch.
  • Parallel ports.
  • Grounding nut.
  • 2x DC USB ports of 12V, 8A
  • circuit breakers.

NOTE: All the breakers and outlets are weather, snow, and bugs-proof with decent rubber laps.

What can champion 4500 watts run? (Load Test)

Since this machine comes with a 212cc 4-stroke champion’s engine that can produce 4500 starting / 3500 running watts with <3 THD, you can run pretty much everything on your camping journey.

For testing, I have operated the following camping essentials.

  • Space heater 1500 watts.
  • 110v Air inflator 1650 watts.
  • Electric smoker 1000 watts.
  • Electric stove 1000 watts.
  • Electric cooker 1000 watts.

Noise test: Since this is an inverter generator it provides significantly low noise as compared to the other normal generator I have conducted a few tests with my sound meter from 25ft. away and below are the results.

  • With no load and eco mode off I got 58 – 60dB
  • With no load eco mode on, I got 56 – 57dB
  • With a 30% load, I got 61 – 62dB on average, however, on eco mode, I got 58 –60 dB.

The results were pretty awesome; I can operate it at any campground without disturbing my neighbors

Runtime test: With a single tank of 2.3 gallons, I got 13 hours of runtime at 30% load, however, with 50% load you will surely get 7-8 hours of runtime which is amazing. I am comfortably spending long winter nights with this beast.

Also, it comes with a dual fuel option as well; you should go for that if you are going to use it in harsh winters and don’t want an interpreted running.

  • Efficient.
  • Easy to operate and maintain.
  • Low noise levels.
  • Durable and safe to use.
  • Decent warranty and customer support.
  • Multiple outlets and startup options.
  • heavy.
  • No dual fuel option on the remote start unit.

Here is the detailed review of the Champion 4500 watts inverter generator

How To Buy The Best Generator For Camping

As per my camping experience, I have gathered some things that should be kept in mind before buying a camping generator, let’s explore them.

Size, Weight, And Durability:

A camping generator should be highly portable since we don’t want to transport a heavy generator, again and again, make sure to select a generator with a compact size and moderate weight that can be handled easily.

Also, your unit should be durable that can last for years, without needing repairs.

What Size Generator Do I Need For Camping? (Starting/Running Watts):

This parameter purely depends on your needs, if you are a low-power consumer and want to charge your devices, operate low-power-hungry appliances, etc., a camping generator with 1000 starting and 500 running watts is enough for you.

On the other hand, if you want to operate high power-hungry appliances like a space heater, electric stove, coffee machine, etc. you have to go for a bigger unit with 4000 to 5000 starting and 2500 to 3500 running watts.

NOTE: If you are going to take a higher wattage unit you have to compromise weight and size since higher wattage needs a powerful bigger engine or batteries.

Fuel Type And Availability:

The modern generator comes with gasoline, propane, solar power, or dual fuel (both LPG and Gasoline).

Propane: The availability of gasoline and solar is more than LPG but a single tank of LPG with 15 to 20 gallons can provide uninterrupted running of almost 15 – 24 hours depending on the generator size and total load you are going to pull.

Gasoline: Gasoline is radially available you will never run out of fuel and provides efficient running without producing too much noise.

Solar: Since solar is a green source of renewable energy and is available anywhere even in deserts, you don’t need to spend a single penny to get solar energy, it is a cheap and abundant source of energy. But there are some demerits as well, you have to wait for a longer time to charge your unit, also you can’t charge it during a cloudy day or night.

Which one should you go for: I prefer to go for a dual fuel or solar power generator for camping, infect I have both I take a Jackery 500 with full charge to charge my shooting essentials and a 2500 watts portable generator for operating some of the power-hungry devices or in case there is a rainy or cloudy day I can operate it comfortably.


Runtime is the backbone of a camping generator; I prefer to go with a generator or power station that can at least last for about 7 – 8 hours at 30% load so that I can spend my longer winter nights comfortably.

Noise Levels:

Of course, nobody wants to disturb the neighbors with unbearable noise levels, infect some national parks restrict the use of noisy generators. A generator that produces 58 – 65dBs from 25ft. away with 30 – 50% load is considered a decent machine that can be used in any national park.

Also, you can put it 40 – 50ft away to get a super silent operation.


Your selected unit should have all required outlets and ports like USB type A, C, or AC, DC outlets, RV outlets, parallel connections, etc.

The bottom line is your selected camping generator must have all the essentials that can enhance your camping journey.


If you are going to select a solar generator it must have a BMS system to avoid high-temperature voltage fluctuations etc., if you are going to select a gasoline or LPG unit make sure that it should have, lower THD, low oil, overload, etc. protections so that you can safely operate your voltage-sensitive appliance.

Other than that it should be certified by environmental firms like EPA and CAB to avoid high carbon footprints.

The bottom line is your selected unit should be safe for you, your environment, and your appliances as well.

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Maintenance And Usage:

Your selected unit should be easy to operate and need little to no maintenance like engine oil change, service, oil filter, and other things.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

Will a 5000-watt generator run a camper?

Yes of course a 5000-watt generator is enough to fulfill your needs unless you are going to operate multiple appliances simultaneously.

How far should a generator be from a tent?

As per my experience if you have a gasoline or propane generator it should be at least 40 – 50ft away from your tent, however, a solar generator can be in your tent since they are noiseless.

Can I put a generator in a tent?

A big no for the gas or propane generator, however, solar generators like Jackery and eco flow can be operated in the tent.

josh Milan


Josh is a highly skilled electrician with specialized expertise in the field of generators. With years of experience under his belt, he has established himself as an expert in all aspects of generators, ranging from installation and maintenance to troubleshooting and repairs. Josh’s in-depth knowledge of electrical systems and his commitment to staying updated with the latest industry advancements make him a reliable and sought-after professional.

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