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Parkside Inverter Generator £129 @ Lidl
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Parkside Inverter Generator £129 @ Lidl

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Posted 16th May 2019

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  • This practical portable generator uses inverter technology to power electrically sensitive devices such as televisions, stereos or computers
  • Durable 4-stroke OHV petrol engine with reliable pull starter
  • Eco-function with automatic rotation speed reduction for low power loads
  • Digital inverter technology: sturdy, distortionfree sinusoidal voltage as if you are on the grid
  • Automatic power switch-off on overload
  • Safety switch-off and start protection when oil level is low
  • LED display shows operating status and oil level warning
  • Non-slip anti-vibration pads
  • Includes 2 socket spanners, screwdriver and empty oil filling bottle
  • Max. power output: 1,100W
  • Max. power output (short-term operation): 1,200W
  • Continuous power output: 1,000W
  • Voltage control: digital Inverter
  • Nominal output voltage: 230V
  • Nominal current rating: 4.35A
  • Fuel consumption: 0.88L/hr (at 2/3 load)
  • Max. running time: 5 hours at 2/3 load
  • Max. engine power: 2.1kW
  • Engine capacity: 54cc
  • Tank capacity: 4.2L
  • Fuel type: petrol
  • 3-year warranty
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h8ten16/05/2019 19:13

I bought one last time they were available. It worked well for the first …I bought one last time they were available. It worked well for the first season (campervan in the wild) but when I tried it the next year it would not start. Called the helpline expecting to be sent a part (no spark) as the instructions show an exploded diagram of all the parts but received a new one instead. Only downside is the new one was sent from Germany and has a European socket on it. i've not got round to swapping these bits yet.


Have you tried taking the carburettor out and cleaning that and the engine out with carb cleaner? Did you take out the sparkplug and clean it? Did you leave fuel in it or try using old fuel? I'd expect this to need similar efforts to a lawnmower or chainsaw to get started if having problems. Watch a YouTube vid on troubleshooting 4 stroke starting and see if you've suddenly got a european generator to sell.
androidavis16/05/2019 17:29

It looks like this can do 5 hours on a full tank of petrol (4.2 litres). …It looks like this can do 5 hours on a full tank of petrol (4.2 litres). Is this economy as good as other generators of similar type does anyone know?



Expensive way of generating leccy, 5 hours @ 1kW cost around £5, a £1 per KW, five times that of your home supplier.
It is not very powerful, you couldn't boil a kettle of water (3 KW) or mow your lawn (2KW)...rather useless considering that laptops etc have batteries...
Solar panels and batteries would probably be a more practical and quieter solution.
No doubt, I will be told the error of my thoughts by some wise soul on this site.

Here is a Honda costing £3000...
energygeneratorsales.co.uk/hon…BwE
It does 7KW for 6.5 hours using 19 litres of fuel, cost approx £25 so perhaps surprisingly, each KW hour is around the same price as the tiddler...

You can do a lot more with 7KW if you have a spare £3000.
Edited by: "scottswaha" 16th May 2019
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It looks like this can do 5 hours on a full tank of petrol (4.2 litres). Is this economy as good as other generators of similar type does anyone know?
This seems too good to be true. If it has a 1000w pure sine inverter they cost this much by themselves.

Or it's one hell of a massive bargain.
Can any of you clever folks point me to a value AC to DC converter? I believe my dad has a tool that only works with DC, does that sound familiar?
androidavis16/05/2019 17:29

It looks like this can do 5 hours on a full tank of petrol (4.2 litres). …It looks like this can do 5 hours on a full tank of petrol (4.2 litres). Is this economy as good as other generators of similar type does anyone know?



Expensive way of generating leccy, 5 hours @ 1kW cost around £5, a £1 per KW, five times that of your home supplier.
It is not very powerful, you couldn't boil a kettle of water (3 KW) or mow your lawn (2KW)...rather useless considering that laptops etc have batteries...
Solar panels and batteries would probably be a more practical and quieter solution.
No doubt, I will be told the error of my thoughts by some wise soul on this site.

Here is a Honda costing £3000...
energygeneratorsales.co.uk/hon…BwE
It does 7KW for 6.5 hours using 19 litres of fuel, cost approx £25 so perhaps surprisingly, each KW hour is around the same price as the tiddler...

You can do a lot more with 7KW if you have a spare £3000.
Edited by: "scottswaha" 16th May 2019
GAVINLEWISHUKD16/05/2019 17:46

This seems too good to be true. If it has a 1000w pure sine inverter they …This seems too good to be true. If it has a 1000w pure sine inverter they cost this much by themselves.Or it's one hell of a massive bargain.



That's assuming that the primary output of the generator is 12v dc, it might be or it might not.
I bought one last time they were available. It worked well for the first season (campervan in the wild) but when I tried it the next year it would not start. Called the helpline expecting to be sent a part (no spark) as the instructions show an exploded diagram of all the parts but received a new one instead. Only downside is the new one was sent from Germany and has a European socket on it. i've not got round to swapping these bits yet.
h8ten16/05/2019 19:13

I bought one last time they were available. It worked well for the first …I bought one last time they were available. It worked well for the first season (campervan in the wild) but when I tried it the next year it would not start. Called the helpline expecting to be sent a part (no spark) as the instructions show an exploded diagram of all the parts but received a new one instead. Only downside is the new one was sent from Germany and has a European socket on it. i've not got round to swapping these bits yet.


Have you tried taking the carburettor out and cleaning that and the engine out with carb cleaner? Did you take out the sparkplug and clean it? Did you leave fuel in it or try using old fuel? I'd expect this to need similar efforts to a lawnmower or chainsaw to get started if having problems. Watch a YouTube vid on troubleshooting 4 stroke starting and see if you've suddenly got a european generator to sell.
scottswaha16/05/2019 17:52

Expensive way of generating leccy, 5 hours @ 1kW cost around £5, a £1 per K …Expensive way of generating leccy, 5 hours @ 1kW cost around £5, a £1 per KW, five times that of your home supplier.It is not very powerful, you couldn't boil a kettle of water (3 KW) or mow your lawn (2KW)...rather useless considering that laptops etc have batteries...Solar panels and batteries would probably be a more practical and quieter solution. No doubt, I will be told the error of my thoughts by some wise soul on this site.Here is a Honda costing £3000...https://www.energygeneratorsales.co.uk/honda-generator-sales/product-detail/honda-eu70is-7kw7kva-petrol-inverter-generator?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz7uD2r6g4gIV75ztCh0LHAzqEAQYASABEgLw5_D_BwEIt does 7KW for 6.5 hours using 19 litres of fuel, cost approx £25 so perhaps surprisingly, each KW hour is around the same price as the tiddler...You can do a lot more with 7KW if you have a spare £3000.


Most likely for camping, I'd guess. Travel kettles / hair driers aren't 3kw, they are 1. Can't say I'd want to be waiting for that cuppa though! Certainly wouldn't use it to cut grass though - the money would be better put towards a petrol mower!

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Edited by: "Smithington" 16th May 2019
scottswaha16/05/2019 17:52

Expensive way of generating leccy, 5 hours @ 1kW cost around £5, a £1 per K …Expensive way of generating leccy, 5 hours @ 1kW cost around £5, a £1 per KW, five times that of your home supplier.It is not very powerful, you couldn't boil a kettle of water (3 KW) or mow your lawn (2KW)...rather useless considering that laptops etc have batteries...Solar panels and batteries would probably be a more practical and quieter solution. No doubt, I will be told the error of my thoughts by some wise soul on this site.Here is a Honda costing £3000...https://www.energygeneratorsales.co.uk/honda-generator-sales/product-detail/honda-eu70is-7kw7kva-petrol-inverter-generator?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz7uD2r6g4gIV75ztCh0LHAzqEAQYASABEgLw5_D_BwEIt does 7KW for 6.5 hours using 19 litres of fuel, cost approx £25 so perhaps surprisingly, each KW hour is around the same price as the tiddler...You can do a lot more with 7KW if you have a spare £3000.



Yes, you can do a lot with £3000, particularly if you want to be off grid. But Solar power is hardly portable is it? Particularly if you are talking KW. And what happens when you want to dry your hair on a cloudy day or in evening?
Prices of digital inverters seem to be coming down though and that must be the way forward for petrol generators.
Does you electricity supplier charge you 20p per unit
scottswaha16/05/2019 17:52

Expensive way of generating leccy, 5 hours @ 1kW cost around £5, a £1 per K …Expensive way of generating leccy, 5 hours @ 1kW cost around £5, a £1 per KW, five times that of your home supplier.It is not very powerful, you couldn't boil a kettle of water (3 KW) or mow your lawn (2KW)...rather useless considering that laptops etc have batteries...Solar panels and batteries would probably be a more practical and quieter solution. No doubt, I will be told the error of my thoughts by some wise soul on this site.Here is a Honda costing £3000...https://www.energygeneratorsales.co.uk/honda-generator-sales/product-detail/honda-eu70is-7kw7kva-petrol-inverter-generator?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz7uD2r6g4gIV75ztCh0LHAzqEAQYASABEgLw5_D_BwEIt does 7KW for 6.5 hours using 19 litres of fuel, cost approx £25 so perhaps surprisingly, each KW hour is around the same price as the tiddler...You can do a lot more with 7KW if you have a spare £3000.


Absolutely ridiculous comments! - Yes, if you can afford it, there are undoubtedly many better ways to generate electricity - but everything you mentioned is vastly more expensive (including solar - which would be my ideal solution) than this - it's like saying to someone who's got £1000 to buy a car - "You should look at a Tesla because......".
TellyLover16/05/2019 17:49

Can any of you clever folks point me to a value AC to DC converter? I …Can any of you clever folks point me to a value AC to DC converter? I believe my dad has a tool that only works with DC, does that sound familiar?



Never heard of that. Are you sure it's not a 110v tool? They're very common for use on worksites, as it's safer than working with the full 240v. Plenty of 240->110 converters around, though they're not particularly cheap. If it's only for one tool then better to sell it and buy a 240v version.

Alternatively if it's a really big tool like a lathe, it might require 3-phase power, which is essentially 420v. You can't buy an adapter for that you need to have your house rewired with a three-phase supply (although sometimes the tool itself can be modified for 240, though it's likely to lack power).

Edit: of course AC to DC converters are very common - every wall wart or PC power supply is one of those. But power tools don't use them.
Edited by: "Dodge62" 17th May 2019
Good price for an inverter generator, but no mention of the sound level while running. Probably not suitable for campsites unless you're that annoying person who sets up their generator 50 yards away from their tent/van, but right next to some other poor sucker who has to put up with it all day.

Top tip: If someone near you has their generator running all night, don't just switch it off, they'll get up and switch it on again. Instead switch it off and on again a few times, and then finally off. It sounds like it's running out of fuel and they'll decide they can't be bothered to get up and refuel it, and will have to suffer without their electric blankets and all-night TV instead.
Dodge6217/05/2019 09:10

Good price for an inverter generator, but no mention of the sound level …Good price for an inverter generator, but no mention of the sound level while running. Probably not suitable for campsites unless you're that annoying person who sets up their generator 50 yards away from their tent/van, but right next to some other poor sucker who has to put up with it all day.Top tip: If someone near you has their generator running all night, don't just switch it off, they'll get up and switch it on again. Instead switch it off and on again a few times, and then finally off. It sounds like it's running out of fuel and they'll decide they can't be bothered to get up and refuel it, and will have to suffer without their electric blankets and all-night TV instead.


Is it common for campsites to allow generator s? I thought most had some sort of quiet hours policy.
redstu6917/05/2019 10:52

Is it common for campsites to allow generator s? I thought most had some …Is it common for campsites to allow generator s? I thought most had some sort of quiet hours policy.


I don't know, that may be true for many regulated campsites. I mainly camp at race circuits, where generators are common. They usually have a rule about "no generators after 11pm" but it's not enforced.
IrishMan17/05/2019 08:35

Absolutely ridiculous comments! - Yes, if you can afford it, there are …Absolutely ridiculous comments! - Yes, if you can afford it, there are undoubtedly many better ways to generate electricity - but everything you mentioned is vastly more expensive (including solar - which would be my ideal solution) than this - it's like saying to someone who's got £1000 to buy a car - "You should look at a Tesla because......".



Sure, I get it, it is not about cost of generation but the possibility to bring the comforts of civilisation to the 'wilds'...
My point was that this would be very limited given the realities of this machine and IMHO not worth the trouble...
Considering your vehicle analogy, if a person was looking to buy a skateboard, would a porsche at any point likely to become an alternative purchase?
Dodge6217/05/2019 12:05

I don't know, that may be true for many regulated campsites. I mainly camp …I don't know, that may be true for many regulated campsites. I mainly camp at race circuits, where generators are common. They usually have a rule about "no generators after 11pm" but it's not enforced.


Probably be a few at Lemans in 3 weeks time.

They are annoying at most times of the day, only time you can't hear them is when the cars are on track.
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