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Quiet Generator Information Guide
One of the most common questions ( concerns ) about buying a generator is knowing how loud it runs. The good news is that generators are rated with what is called DBA, which is the sound measurement the device makes.
Depending on what your intended use is for your generator – when it comes to campgrounds you will want a generator no louder than 60 dba. DB by the way stands for decibels and the A stands for the scale that the pitch or sound is on. The human ear is most sensitive to the A scale – and thus generators are measured in the DBA scale. In this guide, we will attempt to help you understand the factors you need to take into consideration when buying a generator.
We will cover in brief the key factors and in using the site menu, you can dwell deeper into the various elements of buying a quiet generator. When you are doing research on which quiet generator you are looking to buy – in the specifications you will see a measurement that will tell you the DBA’s of the generator.
A heavy duty high power generator will drown out conversation and run at 80 plus DBA’s where a 1500 watt quiet generator will run in the mid 50′s. To put this in perspective with what is a quiet generator, compare the following sounds below.
|Type of Sound||DBA Rating|
|Humans Talking||60-65 db|
|Telephone Dial Tone||80 db|
|Power Saw||110 db|
|Jet Airplane Taking Off||140 db|
|Shot Gun Blast||150 db|
Determining the Best Quiet Generator to Go Camping With
More and more campgrounds are starting to impose rules as to how loud generators can be – nothing is worse than having a neighbor pull in beside your beautiful peaceful mountain camp spot and they fire up their commercial grade generator to power their RV air conditioner. As you can see in the chart above – normal conversation takes place at 60 to 65 db – which means any generator over 60 dba is going to over power people talking and become an annoyance. Depending on how much you remember for High School Science class, sound multiples as it gets louder as well, which means that a generator that is 65 db is nearly twice as loud as a generator that runs at 55 db despite it being only 10 db more in sound measurement.
What Determines a Quiet Generator ?
The sound or loudness that a generator runs at is effected by several factors. The primary measurement is the size of the engine which typically is in direct relation to the amount of power it is required to generate. For example a 3500 watt generator will always run much louder than a 1500 generator of the same brand. The two other main factors that affect the sound output is the muffler and whether the engine is encased. You will notice that the vast majority of generators considered quiet are enclosed in a heavy plastic case which works as a sound closet for the noise of the running engine.
|Inverter Generator||Power||Weight||Image||Loudness Level||Price|
|2200 watts||42.5 lbs||58 DBA||$699.99|
|2300 watts||59 lbs||61.5 DBA||$699.99|
What is an Inverter Generator ?
Invertor generators work by creating DC power ( like your car uses ) and then converting it to AC household power. The advantage if this is that it not only creates much more stable power without spikes or peaks – but it allows the generator to work a lot less to generate a constant state of electricity as it in the most simply terms is electricity on demand. A traditional generator works by producing power non stop whether it is used or not. In this short video – we explain the difference in how these two types generators operate.
What is an Inverter Generator ?Invertor generators work by creating DC power ( like your car uses ) and then converting it to AC household power. The advantage if this is that it not only creates much more stable power without spikes or peaks – but it allows the generator to work a lot less to generate a constant state of electricity as it in the most simply terms is electricity on demand. A traditional generator works by producing power non stop whether it is used or not. In this short video – we explain the difference in how these two types generators operate.
Determining What Type of Generator Suits Your NeedsWhen you are selecting a generator your first concern should be what type of power needs do you have and once that is determined, then seek out the quietest generator for your budget. Begin by thinking about what you are planning on powering – and how much power will typically be used at any given time. For example, an RV air conditioner draws a lot more power than a small television – and if you are running them at the same time, then you need to add the two together, along with any other electrical devices you may also want to run simultaneously. The following chart shows the typical power use of popular devices.
|Device Running||Continual Power||Start Up Draw Power||Load Amps|
|13500 BTU RV Air Conditioner||1500 watts||3000 watts||15 Amps|
|1000 watt Microwave||1600 watts||3000 watts||15 Amps|
|Toaster||800 watts||800 watts||6 Amps|
|Clock Radio||50 watts||50 watts||1 Amp|
|30″ LCD Television||125 watts||125 watts||1.65 Amps|
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