10 Camping Generator Tips

Do you love the great outdoors but detest giving up the conveniences of home? It seems like you could benefit from a camping generator! Although no two camping generators are alike, they all serve the same function: keeping your electronics running even when camping off-grid.


While it’s true that disconnecting from technology when you’re outside is a great idea, there are other options as well. Others prefer to keep their electronics running so they can enjoy cool drinks, take pictures with their phones, and play music from their speakers in the evenings. While a healthy, technology-free camping experience may be ideal for some, others prefer to keep their electronics running.


There is a diverse range of brands and sizes of generators in the market. Some are designed to run smaller electronics, while others can power appliances like refrigerators and air-conditioners. Modern generators usually run on petrol or diesel fuel. Look for a generator that has ample startup power and running power to keep all your 240v accessories running.


Our Top Tips

1. Based on usage

Appliances and Tools

Before purchasing, decide which tools and appliances you’ll use the generator for first. Next, look at the wattage of each item. Combining the wattage needs will allow you to choose the best generator if you anticipate needing to power multiple devices at once. Use an inverter generator rather than a standard one because freezers and some power tools might need more wattage to start up. You should also use an inverter generator for delicate equipment that requires sine wave power, such as computers, phones, and GPS, as standard generators have an uneven power output that could harm your equipment.


Power up your outdoor adventure with the right inverter generator for your needs. Whether you’re a regular camper, caravanner, or 4WD enthusiast you need a reliable inverter generator to power your devices and recharge your battery packs on the go.


For the highest performance generator, check out the Yamaha models, and for great value for money, Briggs & Stratton has a great range to choose from. Got a tight budget? Cromtech won’t break the bank, and you’ll still get a reliable unit for your adventures


It should be simple to move a generator. It should be silent and lightweight in addition to having wheels, a carry/tow handle, and an extension cord. More adaptable, a portable generator gives you access to power whenever and wherever you need it. We find most caravan owners opt for between 2000w to 2400w for general power needs. You need to find a balance between weight, portability, and usage requirements.

2. Power output

Calculate the wattage needs of your caravan and all of the electrical equipment you’ll be using, then compare those numbers to the generator’s watt power output to choose the best one. If you intend to power multiple devices simultaneously, multiply the amp and voltage of each device by the total number of watts you need.


While stoves and dryers use 240 volts, the majority of electric equipment for campers uses 120 volts. Most inverter generators have a rated power of 0.9-5.5kVA and a maximum of 1-6.3kVA, depending on the brand and model. Standard generators have a maximum output of 5.2–5.5kVA and a rated power of 4.5–5kVA. A generator can be used for the majority of equipment and wattage requirements if its kVA rating is higher. Electric appliances required up to three times more power to start up. Consequently, choose a generator with enough wattage to start your electrical devices and caravan without suffering from power outages. Consider the generator’s surge/peak power as well if you need to simultaneously power multiple devices.

3. Size and weight

The fuel tank’s weight and size affect a generator’s ability to produce power. In general, 1-2kVA (1-2kW) generators weigh 10–20 kg and have a 3–4 litre fuel tank. Those with 3-5kVA (2-4kW) weigh on average 20–30 kg and have a 5-8 litre fuel tank.

4. Fuel

Most camping generators take diesel or petrol fuel. A 20-litre jerry can usually fill your tank 3 times in any one camping expedition. A 6-litre tank will run for 9 hours at ¼ load.

5. Dependability

Make sure the power supply doesn’t get interrupted when powering the caravan or other electrical equipment. Pick a modern inverter generator with superior technology and longevity.

6. Efficiency

One tank of fuel can now power some inverter generators for up to 9 hours. If you believe you require a continuous power supply, consider the generator’s efficiency rating, run time, and fuel capacity. The runtime is generally calculated at levels of 50% load. If it has a long runtime, you could use it overnight or frequently refuel it, depending on your convenience. Keep in mind that a generator’s runtime decreases with the amount of power it produces.

7. Sound Level

It is prohibited to use a loud generator while camping because it may annoy or disturb nearby residents. Therefore, opt for a generator with a low output decibel. The ideal noise level for a campsite is between 50 and 70 decibels.

8. Five Important Maintenance Tips
    1. Replace engine oil
    2. Check the spark plug, and replace it if necessary
    3. Check fuel level and ensure it is fresh fuel (fuel left for a long time can go “off”)
    4. Check the air filter, and replace it if necessary
    5. Clean the muffler cover and check the spark arrestor
9. Quality Power Cables

Don’t undervalue the quality of well-made power cables. In an ideal scenario, you don’t want to exceed 3 metres from the generator to the caravan. The longer the cable, the less quality power you’ll receive.

10. Service Life and Warranty

Like most things in life, if you buy quality the first time you’ll have fewer issues. The generator market works the same way. Market leaders are Yamaha, followed by Honda, and then Briggs and Stratton. For a more cost-effective and mid-quality option, consider Cromtech. The big-name brands offer solid 4-year warranties and parts are also easy to find.


Yes, there is a purpose for going camping, and it probably has to do with disconnecting from technology. But a camping generator can be turned off at the end of the day. As you look up at the starry night sky, just knowing that you have power available in case of emergency can provide incredible peace of mind.



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