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Portable generators, even the smaller ones, have a multitude of uses. If you only need to power one appliance or a few smaller items, then 2000 watt generators should be on your shopping list.
In this review, I’ll cover three of the more popular 2000 watt generators available as of this writing. There are obviously (I hope) more choices out there than these three, but this should be a good reference point to get you started in your search for the one you end up liking the best.
If you’re in a hurry just now and only need to check the pricing and availability of these 2000-watt generators as Amazon, you can click the links in the list below. Otherwise you can keep scrolling and reading the brief reviews of each further below.
- WEN 56203i 2000-watt Generator
- Champion 100692 2000-watt Generator
- A-iPower SUA2000iV 2000-watt Generator
WEN 56203i 2000-watt Inverter Generator
As is often the case with smaller generators, the WEN 56203i is an inverter generator. (All three you’ll see here happen to be inverters.) So, in addition to its smaller size contributing to reduced noise, the inverter factor reduces the amount of noise you’ll hear even more – down to 51 dBA, when running at 1/4 load. This can be important if you’re running your generator in an area where you don’t want to disturb the neighbors – human or animal.
The WEN measures 17.3 x 11.5 x 17.7 inches and weighs 39 pounds. You’ll see that this is very similar to the Champion machine below. (In fact, the WEN and the Champion are almost, but not quite, identical machines.) Both the WEN and the Champion are smaller and weigh about 10 pounds less than the A-iPower, so if size and weight are important considerations for you, you’ll probably want to stick with one of these two models.
The WEN has a 4-stroke 79cc OHV engine, and the machine has a fuel shutoff feature designed to extend the life of that engine. When you implement the shutoff feature, the engine will continue to run, using only the fuel in the carburetor, and will stop running when it’s gone.
The 1-gallon fuel tank will give you 1700 watts of power for about 10.8 hours at 1/4 load. That’s just a little less than what you should expect from the Champion, but the Champion does have a slightly larger gas tank. So, all things considered, they’re essentially the same.
For outlets, you get two three-prong 120V receptacles, one 12V DC receptacle, and two 5V USB ports. This should allow you to plug in just about any type of device you need to power.
WEN gives you a two-year warranty, which is decent but a little shorter than I’d like to see for a generator like this.
Since the WEN and the Champion are so very similar, let’s take a look at them side by side in the table below.
|Model||WEN 56203i||Champion 100692|
|Noise level (1/4 load)||51 dBA||58 dBA|
|Size (in.)||17.3 x 11.5 x 17.7||17.3 x 11.5 x 17.7|
|Gas tank (gal.)||1.0||1.1|
|Engine||4-stroke, 79cc, OHV||4-stroke, 79cc, OHV|
|Run time (hrs. at 1/4 load)||10.8||11.5|
|Receptacles||Two 120V; one 12V DC; 2 USB||Two 120V; one 12V DC|
WEN 2000W Generator
Check the pricing and availability of the WEN 56203i 2000-watt inverter generator at Amazon.
Champion 100692 2000-watt Inverter Generator
As you can see in the table above and as I suggested earlier, the WEN and Champion generators are very much alike.
The Champion is a tad noisier and may weigh a tiny bit more, though I wouldn’t be surprised if the WEN actually weighed 39.5 pounds too. Then again, maybe the 1.1 gallon gas tank makes the difference. Or is the WEN tank really 1.1 gallons too? Sorry, but there’s no way I can be sure on these specs, and maybe it doesn’t truly matter in the end.
The one feature that especially draws me closer to the Champion 100692 is the 3-year warranty. That extra year (compared to the WEN) could be a real savior in some cases.
If you look at the Champion at Amazon, you’ll see that it suggests that you get the same two USB ports that you do on the WEN. However, what you actually get is an adapter that plugs into the 12V receptacle. This adapter has the two USB ports on the usable end, but unfortunately you lose the use of the 12V outlet itself in the process.
This may not be a deal breaker for you as long as you don’t need both a 12V DC outlet and a USB port at the same time.
Champion 2000W Generator
Check the pricing and availability of the Champion 100692 2000-watt inverter generator at Amazon.
A-iPower SUA2000iV 2000-watt Inverter Generator
The A-iPower inverter generator is different from the two above in several ways. It’s also different from how it’s described on the Amazon product page. The specifications I give you here come from the A-iPower website which, I assume, should be more accurate than the Amazon page.
Though you get 2000 starting watts with the A-iPower, you only get 1600 running watts. This means you won’t be able to run quite as much with this generator as you can with the WEN or the Champion. However, the difference is so small that this may not matter to you.
The engine that gives you this power is a little larger, at 80cc, than the others. How long you can run on the 1.1 gallon gas tank is close to what you can do with the WEN – 10 hours at 1/4 load. And it’s virtually the same noise-wise at 52 dBA.
The A-iPower generator as a whole is larger (19.3 x 11.4 x 19 inches) and heavier (48 pounds) than those above. It’s warranty (3 years) matches the Champion, which is a good thing.
The most significant difference is in the outlets that you get. There are the usual two 120V receptacles, but for DC you only get two USB ports. If you need that larger DC outlet for anything, you’ll have to look to the WEN, the Champion, or elsewhere.
A-iPower 2000W Generator
Check the pricing and availability of the A-iPower SUA2000iV 2000-watt inverter generator at Amazon.
Conclusions about the 2000-watt Generators
As I said earlier, these three 2000-watt generators are currently very popular amongst users. They have overwhelmingly glowing reviews everywhere.
There are, of course, a few detractors. For the most part, these seem to be one-off problems with machines that for whatever reason didn’t come up to snuff. It’s either that or there was user error involved. The odds of your having any of these troubles – as long as you follow the rules and suggestions – are miniscule.
I think you shouldn’t hesitate to purchase any of these three generators. Just get the one that suits you and your situation the best.
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