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Challenge 700w Petrol Generator (£56.99 from £149.99) - Argos
Challenge 700w Petrol Generator (£56.99 from £149.99) - Argos

Challenge 700w Petrol Generator (£56.99 from £149.99) - Argos

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Challenge Xtreme 700W Petrol Generator.

* Peak power 800W.
* Rated power 700W.
* 4.2 litre fuel tank.
* Manual start.
* 2 horsepower, 2 stroke engine.
* No load speed 3000rpm.
* Operation noise level 60db/7m.
* Weight 19kg.
* Size (H)37, (W)35, (D)32cm.

23 Comments

Great price, and plenty of power! Would be great for outdoor events to work with music systems, inflatables etc.

Great find thanks, moving to the country so expecting many power cuts!

Recently sold "similar" one of these, purchased it to do small jobs around my allotment wasn't much good for anything, only small power tool's. So check wattage on whatever you may think you need it for, 700watt isn't very much, and mine was just an ornament taking up space in the garage waiting also for the power-cut that never came.

How long will this run my LCD tv and xbox for? We are talking priorities here...

Would this boil an electric kettle?

coopdogggg

How long will this run my LCD tv and xbox for? We are talking priorities … How long will this run my LCD tv and xbox for? We are talking priorities here...



this is cheap and of course has its uses for lighting/powertools/small kettles etc...

personally i'd be wary of running anything with sensitive electronics in it... the power curve and delivery won't be very smooth.

Shambolic

Would this boil an electric kettle?



No - a kettle is around 2000 - 3000 watts

You might get a travel kettle with less than 700w if you look around

Good deal, heat added.

spliffhead

Great find thanks, moving to the country so expecting many power cuts!



LOL, don't know where you are moving to, unless it's a very isolated place out in the middle of nowhere, but have lived in the countryside pretty much all my life and have only ever had maybe 5/6 power cuts in 40 years... all of which lasted less than a day before they were fixed.
I can see the benefits of having one of these, just couldn't understand the connection between living in the countryside and needing one for power cuts personally.

Original Poster

I've done a quick google to see what items will and will not run on this 700W generator as several peeps have asked....

This table will help you identify the wattage of the tools and appliances that you need to power from the generator. However, please note that the watts shown are only an average recommendation and you should check your items before use.

Appliance Watts
Photocopier 1600w
5" Circular Saw 750w
Floor Lamp 500w
5" Angle Grinder 1000w
4" Angle Grinder 550w
Fan Heater 3000w
1/3 HP Airless Sprayer 600w
Arc Welder -130A 3500w
8" Floor Sander 2000w
Belt Sander 1050w
Fax machine 600-800w
Vacuum Cleaner 1100w
Deep Freezer 700w
Coffee Maker 1200w
Air Compressor 2200w
Steam Iron 1250w
12" Grinder 2500w
Cement Mixer 1320w
Orbital Sander 450w
10-16" Chain Saw 1500w
Refrigerator 700w
600w Microwave 600w
Radio / Hi-Fi 50-200w
Coffee maker 1750w
Bench Grinder 400w
Washing Machine 4000w
Palm Sander 175w
Printer 400-600w
Control Heating Pump 100w
Laptop 200-250w
Fluorescent Lamp 35w
VCR 300w
Light Bulb 40/60/100w
TV 300w
Small appliance 200w
Kettle 2500w

whiteknight

I've done a quick google to see what items will and will not run on this … I've done a quick google to see what items will and will not run on this 700W generator as several peeps have asked....This table will help you identify the wattage of the tools and appliances that you need to power from the generator. However, please note that the watts shown are only an average recommendation and you should check your items before use.Appliance WattsPhotocopier 1600w 5" Circular Saw 750wFloor Lamp 500w 5" Angle Grinder 1000w4" Angle Grinder 550w Fan Heater 3000w1/3 HP Airless Sprayer 600w Arc Welder -130A 3500w8" Floor Sander 2000w Belt Sander 1050wFax machine 600-800w Vacuum Cleaner 1100wDeep Freezer 700w Coffee Maker 1200wAir Compressor 2200w Steam Iron 1250w12" Grinder 2500w Cement Mixer 1320wOrbital Sander 450w 10-16" Chain Saw 1500wRefrigerator 700w 600w Microwave 600wRadio / Hi-Fi 50-200w Coffee maker 1750wBench Grinder 400w Washing Machine 4000wPalm Sander 175w Printer 400-600wControl Heating Pump 100w Laptop 200-250wFluorescent Lamp 35w VCR 300wLight Bulb 40/60/100w TV 300wSmall appliance 200w Kettle 2500w



I think some of these references are very exaggerated! What type of standard floor light uses 500Watts?! A fax machine that uses 600 - 800 Watts?! A laptop power supply that uses 200-250
Watts?! A VCR that uses 300Watts?! If your appliances use anything close to this power, you will have a very hefty electric bill and very un-effiecient machines! Take the above list with a pinch of salt.

Would just about run a hedge trimmer or garden strimmer.

Beware if you are thinking of using it for camping, a two stroke engine running off load at 3000rpm is not quiet, running a few lights or similar it's going to sound like a yob on a moped!

Also don't forget to factor in the cost of the 2stroke oil which has to be mixed with the petrol.

Quite a few of those are wrong. A laptop would draw 90w max. A printer/fax machine far less than 400w. 4kw for a washing machine is also quite high.

These are loud, and won't run a computer, you need a sine wave generator for that.

Plus the 'start up' current for electricals are higher than the stated current requirements

A bargain price, but it seems to be of little practical use @700w - plus I think I'd worry about it damaging consumer electronics.

deathtrap3000

4kw for a washing machine is also quite high.

Not to say impossible, as it would blow the fuse in a 13A plug...

Don't forget start up currents for motors etc

paul.jacobs

These are loud, and won't run a computer, you need a sine wave generator … These are loud, and won't run a computer, you need a sine wave generator for that.



Yes and with respect to the niosy power comment... I used it with a high rate charger to charge a 12v lead acid battery and then a 600w invertor to power my stuff with clean power! Only the lights ran off the dirty feed... It also meant the generator only needed to be ran for a short time... was planning on making a custom circuit and a rectifier to charge a bank of lead acids at the same time and then an invertor (or sine wave gen ) without the need for transformers...

Anyone know a deal on a generator that uses a fuel that isn't taxed to ridiculous levels?

Rubisco

Anyone know a deal on a generator that uses a fuel that isn't taxed to … Anyone know a deal on a generator that uses a fuel that isn't taxed to ridiculous levels?



Here you go:
http://www.pedalpowergenerator.com/images/1kW-pedal-power-bicycle-generator-system-with%20powerpack-mns-power.jpg

Banned

The RRP on this is BS.
The 4 stroke 1000w is £149

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/7070947/Trail/searchtext%3ECHALLENGE+XTREME.htm

Still an OK deal for £56 though

these are always about 50 quid, nowt too new or revolutionary about this deal (sorry)
i have two of em, nice to have and last ages on a tank of fuel
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