Aldi 1600w (2kw peak) suitcase inverter generator, Sun 3rd July 2016, 5 YEAR WARRANTY - £269.99 - HotUKDeals
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I can only tell you what I have on the special buys leaflet now as this was not on the Aldi UK website as of posting.

Its an inverter generator but its not stated if its pure sinewave or square wave which is important if you plan to run an inductive load such as a compressor or microwave

Will run 'sensitive electronics' but so will a square wave uninterruptible power supply so that means nothing. Says it will run power tools so maybe?? sine wave?!

Is it better than all the other Chinese suitcase Genny offerings, such as Clarke, Ryobi, Kipor, Hyundai? Not sure but its a massive 5 year warranty!!!!

There are many a Kipor (which some rave about) on eBay with broken inverter boards which renders them useless due to the prohibitive cost of a replacement one.

I think this is 4 stroke as its reasonably quiet (69dB at 7 metres) compared to Honda's flagship EU2000i which is 59db (full load) but 4 times the price. It also says runs on regular unleaded but info is vague.

From the picture it looks like it has a smart throttle to adjust revs to load and 12 volt output, again not in the description.

I wouldn't run this on a campsite unless you have a very long lead and could put it in the next field but its pictured on a caravan site.

I have a Honda Eu2000i running on LPG gas and a Honda Ex650. I know a bit about cheap Chinese generators and their pitfalls. E.g. dodgy power capacitors on the inverter, oil leaks, fuel leaks, carburettor / fuel pump probs etc.

I recommend running one in on 3/4 load to check for oil leaks which usually come from the oil level sensor.

Always use a fuel additive to inhibit fuel deterioration, I.e. varnishing which blocks the carbs. Drain fuel and run the Genny till it stops to get any residual fuel out of the carb if not using for long periods. A lot of carbs have a drain screw for the carb float bowl which makes life easier

Replace the stock spark plug with an NGK as the stock ones usually cause warm start problems.

If you can fit a decent inline fuel filter between the fuel tank and carb without voiding warranty, do so. Don't pick the cheapest, smallest filter, especially if there is no fuel pump (it varies, some are just gravity fed) or you risk fuel starvation.

Don't pull the starter cord if you are not on a level with the Genny. I've seen many with damage to the Genny case and starter cord from the cord being pulled up at a sharp angle.

Check the manufacturers handbook re. air filter cleaning, changing (and oiling sponge type) and don't run on sand or sandy soil as it will draw all the crap into the air filter

Happy camping etc. Please give me some credit for this. I did it all on a mobile with the HUKD app which is far from perfect.
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Heat purely for the detailed post - not sure if it's a deal or not, but certainly doesn't look like it should be cold!

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15 Likes #1
Heat purely for the detailed post - not sure if it's a deal or not, but certainly doesn't look like it should be cold!
#2
Not bad. Will have to check it out.
2 Likes #3
What a great post! I understood very little of it but I bow to your vastly superior knowledge!
#4
RESPECT 2 U for your effort in educating the less knowledgeable....... A True Gent;-))
#5
Heat for an excellent and extremely informative post.
#6
I and other people I know have had a couple of the el cheapo 50 quid generators and they had all failed in someway after a short amount of use. I since bought a Clarke inverter generator and it's been spot on. If you want to run sensitive electrical equipment you'll need an inverter generator like the Aldi one to provide 'clean' power as it converts AC to DC then back to AC again. Not sure if the Aldi one does buy my Clarke one has an eco-throttle setting which automatically adjusts engine speed to match power requirements so if you've only got a single light plugged in for example it won't run at full speed.



Edited By: lurch on Jun 27, 2016 15:28: :
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You've given me a problem here- been considering an invertor genny for my caravan, but don't really know if I'll use it as much as I think I will. Is this really nearer the Honda than the £50 ebay specials though, I am wondering. I have quite a bit of Aldi kit and it's variable in quality to say the least.
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Heat added for a great listing.

I have absolutely no need for a genny, but this post has made me strangely keen to buy one. Ah, the seductive power of HUKD. :{
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Thinking of getting one to use as a power bank for my phone!
#10
If you want the best generator on the market, but a Honda eu series, but they are expensive.

If you want the best value for money, buy a Champion (about £100 more than this one)

I would have thought there is a pretty big risk on a genny this cheap, have a good look at the reviews of the cheaper ones on the web.

This one looks like a "Workzone Titanium+" generator.
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Heat from me for the information, poster is a credit to HUKD !
#12
Jules_HT
You've given me a problem here- been considering an invertor genny for my caravan, but don't really know if I'll use it as much as I think I will. Is this really nearer the Honda than the £50 ebay specials though, I am wondering. I have quite a bit of Aldi kit and it's variable in quality to say the least.


​If you are only going to use occasionally, maybe look at upgrading your leisure battery and getting a decent inverter / solar panel setup. I bought a used Studer S12 inverter, coupled with a 100w solar panel and 120amp battery. The inverter was heavier than more modern switching inverters but bomb proof and pure sinewave. My favourite Genny for occasional use is my Honda EX650. You can only get them secondhand but they really hold their value. Their output is really clean albeit older non inverter technology. I've put an oscilloscope across a loaded one & was amazed how clean the output was. The downside is that they are only 500watt but the upside is that imho they are quieter than all the Honda EU series inverter generators and a more 'pleasant' low frequency sound.
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Impressive OP
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I've got an EX650 too. Great genny, if a bit heavy. 69dB at 7 meters sounds quite loud to me, but this is certainly cheap for the power output.
#15
I'm getting one.
With the EU hating us now, who knows when it will come in handy?
1 Like #16
Some nice bird feeders on that link.
#17
Easy Action Baby
I'm getting one.
With the EU hating us now, who knows when it will come in handy?


Agreed, power cuts and blackouts will be a common place over the next few years.
#18
Nice description. I'm in the market for a new one, thanks
3 Likes #20
Looks like it'll be over my 25kg limit before I've even put anything in it. I'm out.
2 Likes #21
What is it with things like these,I don't need one but I want to own one,just like I don't need a chainsaw or a ride on lawnmower but if it runs on petrol and makes a noise then it's a must.

I think I must be turning into Tim the tool an Taylor
banned#22
Nice find :)
#23
I think this is 4 stroke as its reasonably quiet

Looks to be right:

http://offers.kd2.org/en/au/aldi/pVnx/

No EX650, for sure, but it's a reasonable price for the output, and the 5 year warranty (probably return to base, though - costly) provides some reassurance. Sold an EX650 a while back at a very good price (they do hold their value incredibly well) because it was used so little that the maintenance became a chore. Unless these things are used regularly they become a real pain to start when you do want to use them - and that was the Honda!
#24
Hot UK Generator Guides.

Heated for the info ;)
#25
Who's Genny?
#26
Spot on - I made the mistake of buying a not so cheap Kippor 2kw suitcase generator. OK when it's working but now card has failed. I bought a 2nd hand Honda powered unit for less than the price of the card. Protect our office computers with a UPS and power outs are no longer a problem. When it comes to gensets you can't go wrong with Honda - same old story - you get what you pay for.
#27
Do not know anything about generators make ...... but i know for sure names starting with Titanium, Titan , Energy , Power etc finish cheap make for 1 - 3 usage and then brakes

Some logic need to apply if you buy for 2 pounds it does not matter will break goes to rubbish bin ,

Now tools , generator when they break when you need them it is worst what can happen Swearing your self that can NOT finish job or need to buy new tools again

I have same in the past bought cheap for say 40 Pound tool looks ok and price good but when you need them for house renovation works they simply breaks and you have not finished work and need new tools again .
You can not wait for warranty to fix need to finish job So then again 40 Pounds so you spend 80 Pounds on x 2 Cheap tools when you can buy 1 makita, bosh and it will last




Edited By: Incognitoso on Jun 28, 2016 09:27
1 Like #28
Chiptivo
Easy Action Baby
I'm getting one.
With the EU hating us now, who knows when it will come in handy?
Agreed, power cuts and blackouts will be a common place over the next few years.

Indeed, we had one already last Saturday - the first in years.

OK so the thunderstorm that caused it had nothing to do with Brexit but it did feel like some sort of portent of doom.....
2 Likes #29
VDisillusioned
Chiptivo
Easy Action Baby
I'm getting one.
With the EU hating us now, who knows when it will come in handy?
Agreed, power cuts and blackouts will be a common place over the next few years.
Indeed, we had one already last Saturday - the first in years.
OK so the thunderstorm that caused it had nothing to do with Brexit but it did feel like some sort of portent of doom.....
The thunderstorm was god striking us because of our little minded selfish behavior last Thursday. X

Edited By: Chiptivo on Jun 28, 2016 10:27
#30
Works out £54 quid a year over the 5 years
No brainer really if your in the market for one, 5 year warranty kills it!
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Chiptivo
VDisillusioned
Chiptivo
Easy Action Baby
I'm getting one.
With the EU hating us now, who knows when it will come in handy?
Agreed, power cuts and blackouts will be a common place over the next few years.
Indeed, we had one already last Saturday - the first in years.
OK so the thunderstorm that caused it had nothing to do with Brexit but it did feel like some sort of portent of doom.....
The thunderstorm was god striking us because of our little minded selfish behavior last Thursday. X
Too right. England - now seen internationally and by our young people as the most selfish and stupid country on the planet.
#32
SO what would be the source of power for this Invert/gen, Can this be powered by Solar?
#33
saayinla
SO what would be the source of power for this Invert/gen, Can this be powered by Solar?
Certainly. No problem. Just place it on your nearest Sun.
#34
Newbold
I think this is 4 stroke as its reasonably quiet
Looks to be right:http://offers.kd2.org/en/au/aldi/pVnx/
No EX650, for sure, but it's a reasonable price for the output, and the 5 year warranty (probably return to base, though - costly) provides some reassurance. Sold an EX650 a while back at a very good price (they do hold their value incredibly well) because it was used so little that the maintenance became a chore. Unless these things are used regularly they become a real pain to start when you do want to use them - and that was the Honda!


My EX650 always starts 2nd time after being laid up for the winter. I use Briggs and Stratton fuel Stabiliser all the time so don't have to worry about the fuel going off but never leave fuel for more than 3 months in rhe machine as it loses its Octane. Its so easy to drain the carb of fuel from Honda's that, if in doubt how long the Genny is gonna be laid up, drain the carb. My Honda EU 2000 is always ready to run in case of EU Armageddon lol, even managed to find an adaptor to run it off those cheap aerosol gas canisters you get for picnic stoves.
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Newbold
saayinla
SO what would be the source of power for this Invert/gen, Can this be powered by Solar?
Certainly. No problem. Just place it on your nearest Sun.

As detailed as the OP's post is, there was not a single mention of Petrol which powers this device , hence my question.
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saayinla
Newbold
saayinla
SO what would be the source of power for this Invert/gen, Can this be powered by Solar?
Certainly. No problem. Just place it on your nearest Sun.
As detailed as the OP's post is, there was not a single mention of Petrol which powers this device , hence my question.

I think people might have assumed you know what 'regular unleaded' was, you can run generators from all sorts of fossil fuels and probably hydrogen ( if you have some) they are basically a lawnmower or go Kart engine with some sort of alternator and in this case some fancy electronics I.e. an inverter built in.
#37
I haven't a clue what this is all about but I am amazed that all this info was all done on your mobile. Heat to you:)
#38
gazdoubleu
[quote=Newbold][quote=] , even managed to find an adaptor to run it off those cheap aerosol gas canisters you get for picnic stoves.

How long does the Genny run for on one hand of those little cannisters?
#39
poisondwarf
gazdoubleu
[quote=Newbold][quote=] , even managed to find an adaptor to run it off those cheap aerosol gas canisters you get for picnic stoves.
How long does the Genny run for on one hand of those little cannisters?
Depends on the load but only up to an hour
#40
not stated if its pure sinewave or square wave

Now on UK Aldi site, says "Sine wave gives clean, stable voltage and reliable power for sensitive electronics"

(And "Runs on regular unleaded petrol" for the poster who didn't find "regular unleaded" explicit enough. "Could I use just the inverter part with a solar panel, and run the generator only when it's dark" isn't a totally stupid question, but I doubt it's worth trying to adapt it like that, and could be dangerous if you get it wrong.)

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