Top 5 Best Generators for Camping – Buyers Guide

It can be hard to find the perfect generator for camping. One that does not take up too much space is lightweight and portable, and also has a good amount of power. The following are five of our top picks for generators that will be everything you want and need.

Each review will contain a list of pros and cons and a carefully detailed description to help make a smooth and easy decision. In doing so you will easily find out what product best suits you.

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Weight Peak Wattage Efficiency Tank Capacity Noise Level (dB)
Westinghouse WGen5300 131 lbs Gas: 6600W Gas: 8 hrs (50% Load) 4.7 Gal 74 dB
Champion Power 200965 105 lbs Gas: 4375W LPG: 3950W Gas: 14 hrs LPG: 10.5 hrs (50% Load) 4.7 Gal 68 dB
WEN DF475T Dual Fuel

106 lbs Gas: 4750W LPG: 4350W Gas: 11.5 hrs LPG: 7 hrs (50% Load) 4 Gal 69 dB
Generac GP2500i 48 lbs Gas: 2500W Gas: 4.5 hrs (50% Load) 1 Gal 66 dB
Westinghouse iGen4500 98 lbs Gas: 4500W Gas: 18 hrs (25% Load) 3.4 Gal 52 dB
Westinghouse iGen2200 46 lbs Gas: 2200W Gas: 12 hrs (25% Load) 1.1 Gal 52 dB

Westinghouse WGen5300

Pros
  • 6600 Peak Watts
  • Includes Wheel Kit and Pull-Out Handle
Cons
  • Heavy Compared to Smaller Models

Ideal for the avid camper, this generator is compact and durable with a 4.7-gallon fuel tank. It has an electric and remote start making for an easy start-up. The cast-iron engine will continue strong even when under heavy load – so you can depend on it in any terrain. The automatic low oil shutdown alerts the user if their oil has become too low before damage is done to the unit. It also is equipped with a metal frame for added durability. With this Westinghouse, your can power almost anything you want when in the outdoors.

Champion 200965

Pros
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • High Quality Data Monitor
  • Lifetime Champion  Technical Support
Cons
  • No Wheel Kit

The Champion 200965 helps you camp comfortably without a hitch. With a low-oil shut-off sensor and Volt Guard surge protector, it makes sure that your power won’t max out or run without oil. The 4-mode Intelligauge allows you to check on all functions of the generator at once. It includes the volts, frequency, session and total run time. When you decide to invest in a champion generator, they will back you up with a three-year warranty, and lifetime support with their network of service centers. So if you aren’t satisfied or have an issue, Champions got your back.

WEN DF475T

Pros
  • Electric Start w/ Key
  • Dual Fuel Capabilities
Cons
  • 69 dB

The Wen GN454 features an easy-to-read LCD data meter that displays voltage, frequency, session runtime, and total runtime. In addition to making it a breeze to monitor your power needs during any situation – it will also help you educate yourself on the different options available for generator operation.

Generating up to 4750 starting watts and 3800 running watts, this unit provides a half-load runtime of up to 11 hours  It’s perfect for camping with its rugged steel frame and a fuel tank that can hold 4 gallons of fuel.

Inverter Generators

Generac GP2500i

Pros
  • Simple Startup Knob
  • Convenient LED Indicators 
Cons
  • 1 Gal Fuel Tank

This generator is a necessary element for any camper. Rugged and lightweight, this generator will pump out 2500 surge watts and 2200 rated watts with a half-load runtime of up to 8 hours. The fuel shutoff maximizes its lifespan by using up the remaining fuel in the carburetor before shutting down, so say goodbye to worrying about your next trip due to lack of power!

Westinghouse iGen4500

Pros
  • Great Power to Noise Ratio
  • Telescoping Handle
  • Helpful Digital Display
Cons

    The Westinghouse iGen4500 is a portable dual fuel generator that allows you to run your devices on gasoline or propane. It’s easy to transport and extremely quiet at 52 dBA. With a telescoping handle, rotating display for custom readings, and lifetime hours it’s perfect for any camping situation.

    Westinghouse iGen2200

    Pros
    • 46 lbs
    • 52 dB
    Cons
    • Only Has Recoil Start

    Easily meet your power needs with a Westinghouse iGen2200 generator. Durable and dependable, this generator is strong enough to run all your essentials. With the lowest weight on the list, this generator is perfect for any outdoor trip. And with a decibel rating of 52dB, you can power things during the night and still be able to sleep! With its lightweight construction and portable design, you can rest assured it will provide for all your camping needs.

    What size of Generator do you need?

    This largely depends on what you need to power. If you need to turn on a few lights and charge your devices, about 2500 watts should do the trick. If you are looking to power heavier equipment. 4000 watts and up should be expected.

    Keep in mind that if you opt for a higher wattage generator it will be much louder than a lesser power option.

    How heavy should your generator be?

    This highly depends on the terrain you are camping in. Many of our heavier options provide a wheel kit so you can pull it behind you like a suitcase. But if you are hiking to your destination and the trail is rough you will have a very hard time transporting it.

    With an inverter there is a handle on the top which can provide for an easy transport. I have even seen people put there inverter in their backpack and walk with it. As said below the average inverter weighs between 40 to 60 lbs, so if you are the kind of camper that likes to immerse themselves in nature on the way to the campsite, keep that in mind. If you are taking your car straight to the campsite you should think more about how compact the generator is.

    Inverter Vs Conventional Generator

    Conventional generators provide higher wattage output, are durable, and have larger fuel capacity. But they are also a lot heavier than inverters and bulkier.

    Some benefits of investing in an inverter are that it provides cleaner power which is best for sensitive electronics, is more compact and lightweight, and is more fuel-efficient than the traditional choice. They also include an inverter exclusive feature called economy mode. This allows your generator to automatically adjust the engine speed to only use the required amount of power. This reduces fuel consumption and noise.

    The average inverter weighs about 40 to 60 lbs. Conventional generators on the other hand can weigh anywhere from 90 to 120 lbs. But keep in mind that inverters are usually priced at up to double what you would pay for a conventional generator.

    The best for you depends on your needs. If you are just having a good time in the woods and only need to power some necessities, I would go with an inverter. But if you are powering some more demanding equipment and need higher wattage than an inverter can provide, a traditional generator would be the best choice.

    Conclusion

    When you are camping, power is one of the most important resources to have on hand. Choosing a generator for this occasion can be daunting because there are so many options available these days. We’ve given you six different types of generators above that vary in size and functionality depending on your needs. If it’s not clear which type might suit your campground best, you can comment below with any questions!

    Want something for an RV? Check out our Top 5 Best Portable Generators for RV Camping. Thanks for stopping by!

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