The Quiet Achiever

When you’re enjoying happy hour chatter, what you don’t want is a cranking rumble at camp terrorising the appliances we bring.

Take generators. They’ve been with us for a long time. But in the good old days any comforts they brought were teamed with a throbbing ring.

Today, they’re far quieter, more efficient and gentler on our gear thanks to ever-evolving innovations. Happily, the wins keep coming.

…Ahh, the Good Old Days

Have you ever fired up an old school genie to power a halogen worklight? It’s certainly thirsty, in fact, it’s like using a fire hydrant to pour a drink. That’s because the alternating current (AC) powering your 240V devices comes straight from an alternator that’s usually mechanical and won’t adjust to your power needs. The shape of this alternating current isn’t very smooth either, so it can damage sensitive electronic devices.

Inverter All The Way

Given the sensitivity and consumption of your 240V camping appliances vary, an inverter generator like the Yamaha EF2200iS

is what you need. These generators take three steps to create power for your 240V devices. Magnets and electronics convert the power from AC to DC and back to AC again–at the output required. So they’re quieter and more economical. This AC is smoother, too. In fact, it’s as reliable as a dometic 240V supply.

So much smarter

Happily, you needn’t adjust the settings to power different 240V appliances. A smart throttle, like on the Yamaha EF2200iS, changes with your usage, working the motor only as it needs.

Yamaha inverter generators also fit sound absorbing materials into their moulded designs, use intake silencers, fibreglass insulation and a unique muffler and fan configuration.

With these strategies, the EF 2200iS can operate at just 57 dBA@7m–or power popular air-conditioners at no more than 65 dBA@7m off- the-grid!

Doubling Decibels

The generator noise rating is one to watch when choosing a generator for your riverside camp. Otherwise, what’s the point of going off-the-grid?

It is usually measured in decibels at 7 metres away (dBA @7m).

Comparing these numbers can be tricky, as the decibel scale isn’t linear as you’d expect. The volume actually doubles with every 10 dBA increase. To make sense of this scale, think about the sound of an average conversation– that’s 60 decibels–then calculate from there.