Medium Inverter Generator Buyer's Guide
How to Pick the Perfect Medium Inverter Generator
If you own a pop-up camper or travel trailer and want to power your A/C, you've got a few options.
You could combine the power of two smaller, identical inverter generators.
But the easiest option is to use one medium inverter generator.
These generators produce around 3,000 watts, which is sufficient to power most average-sized RV air conditioners on the market.
But these generators can be used for more than camping. They're great for tailgating, providing power for an outdoor party, providing backup power to a few critical appliances, and are even safe for sensitive electronics like laptops and cell phones.
High-wattage appliances, such as air conditioners, need more power when starting than when running. The initial surge of required power can be too much for some generators to accommodate.
Some generators feature power boosts, which increase the power output by adding battery voltage to the alternator. The Boost Control Unit (BCU) senses when extra power is needed and boosts output for up to 10 seconds, giving air conditioners and other equipment the extra boost of power to start quickly and efficiently.
Paralleling Two Inverter Generators
Paralleling two portable inverter generators offers you the ability to double your power while staying true to the clean, quiet power of a portable inverter generator.
If you're worried that you may need to step up to a larger emergency-style generator to get the power you need, rest assured; you can simply invest in another inverter generator and connect them together for twice the power.
Why would you want to walk all the way out of your recreational vehicle to have to turn on your generator? Well, if you buy a model with the remote start feature, you won't have to.
Just like remote start on a car, you just push a button and your generator will start running. This is purely a luxury feature, but you'll appreciate it when you need to fire up your generator in the middle of the night.
Medium inverter generators are larger than other inverters, weighing between 120 - 200 lbs. With that being said, moving them by yourself can prove to be challenging.
Some units come with built in wheels. This will make dragging them around your campsite much easier. More importantly, built-in wheels will save you money so you don't have to buy a wheel kit as well.