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Camping trip power: How to avoid buying an unreliable portable generator


No one wants to spend more than is necessary on purchases and the same applies when choosing a generator.

With many cheap brands appearing on the market promising top quality products at low prices, it’s easy to think you’re getting a bargain. However, how can you be sure of the quality or that your chosen generator is not a poor copy of a well-respected brand? westinghouse-camping-generator

Many of the cheaper replica generators have low power outputs and are suitable for use for the likes of camping trips and emergency use such as power cuts at home which makes them appealing to the mass market.

Many people want a simple backup power supply that’s easily stored and doesn’t break the bank – which is achievable with many generators but the long-term usability and reliability of these replica machines is often questionable. In the long run the cheapest option could end up costing you more money.

So how can you avoid buying a dud?

  • Do your research. Spend a little time geeking up on your generator knowledge to make sure you are informed and know exactly what you need. Take a look at our other blog posts for more information on different topics, including how to calculate how powerful a generator you need.
  • Ensure your generator comes with a warranty. Reputable brands will usually offer and honour a warranty on your new generator, giving you peace of mind for the future. Replicas will offer a warranty however the product support is token at best and should anything go wrong you will be left with a useless machine and a useless warranty.
  • Will you be able to get parts and servicing for your new generator? Reputable brands will have nationwide service agents who can assist with servicing and the sourcing of spare parts.

The main piece of advice we can give is do your research and if you’re unsure of anything, speak to an expert. Check the aftersales support for any generator you’re considering buying to establish if you will be able to get it fixed or replaced should anything go wrong.

westinghouse The Westinghouse WH2400i digital inverter generator is a great example of a reliable portable machine. 2,400 watt maximum output combined with great fuel efficiency, lightweight and less emissions make it perfect for camping trips. The digital inverter produces electricity that is safe to use with your sensitive electronic equipment such as laptops and mobile phones and it comes with a two year, or 500 hours of domestic use, warranty. Being a digital inverter generator, unlike regular generators, the 2400i’s engine can run more efficiently by adapting its power output according to demand.

There are numerous options to choose from when selecting a generator but with a little research you can get a machine that will be a trusted power source for trips for years to come.

Need some advice on choosing the best value for money generator for your camping trip? Speak to Brett directly on 1300 278 655 to discuss your needs.

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