Kipor Generator Review: How Do They Rate?Inverter Generators
Kipor generators have been around for a while now, so we thought it was about time we put them up against the big (budget and premium) brands to see how they rank in our Kipor Generator Review:
You may have heard of Kipor; they’re global brand that make not only generators of many sizes but other construction machinery and engines. This article focuses on their portable range of inverter generators which come out of China and are distributed here by Companion Brands Australia. From our research, some of the other types of Kipor generators available in Australia are some small 3 Phase Diesel units and a few open frame conventional gensets. Read more about Kipor Generator Review.
But in terms of Kipor portable inverter generators you can find them at some camping & caravanning retailers as well as some power generation equipment retailers. You’ll also find that online, there are some camping and RV forums with posts referencing people asking “who are Kipor and are they any good?” Consider this article your answer. You may consult Kipor Generator Review for more information.
Generally Kipor generators are sold as the cheaper option to the big premium brands, like Honda or Yamaha generators. Like their budget-friendly mates such as Cromtech, Engel, Hyundai or many other eBay gensets, Kipor generators are made in China, where the manufacturer’s website boasts “a strong research and development team, a high energy management team and a state of the art production facility”.
Ok, so let’s put Kipor inverter generators to the test:
Our Kipor generator review looks at the 5 most common models in the Kipor Inverter range: 1000w, 2000w, 2600w, 3000w, and 6000w. Like equivalent inverter generators, Kipor portable inverter generators feature sine wave technology to deliver clean, stable power that are suitable for use with sensitive electronic appliances like laptops etc.
Warranty, Servicing and Repair
You get a two-year warranty with Kipor generators, as you do with some other budget options like Hyundai. Compare this to a premium brand like Yamaha or Honda, which gives you a solid 48-month warranty, and it’s easy to see where the difference is.
When it comes to service and repairs, you can contact the Companion Brands Warranty & Service Dept on 1300 555 197 for details on approved Kipor Service agents in Australia. Without providing the number of agents, they confirm there is a strong representation around the country – that’s pretty good; many of the cheaper Chinese made options will have only a very limited service agent presence, which can be a problem when there is a warranty or repair requirement. So Kipor gets a tick here. Another budget inverter generator brand that has national service network is Cromtech – they are backed by Crommelins Australia and have over 500 service agents. We think this is worth highlighting this for both Kipor and Cromtech, as we strongly believe a service support network for products such as generators should be an important consideration when looking to buy.
Kipor states that, because the engine is fully encased, noise levels and emissions on its inverter generators are kept to a minimum. In fact they go so far as to say that operation is “super quiet”. However, the noise level is actually between 63–72dBA for the 2600w generator. Compare that to 52 decibels for the Yamaha 2000w or 2400w inverter generators and the Cromtech Outback 2400 inverter generator.
Again, The Kipor 1000w generator hits up to 59 dBA compared to the super-quiet 50 decibels for the Yamaha 1000w inverter generator. It’s worth noting that a change in 10 decibels means approximately doubling the noise level difference (ambient noise level dependent).
Like most other inverter generators, The “Kipor SERIES 2 digital inverter” series include a ‘Smart Throttle‘ to optimize fuel economy and improve efficiency. This feature adjusts the engine speed to match the load demand, providing stable power.
So how do they compete? Taking a select of three models in the range, it’s a mixed result all up:
The Kipor 2000w generator has a fuel tank capacity of 3.5 litres and can run for 3.5 hours at full load. But the Yamaha EF2000iS has a 4.4-litre fuel tank so you don’t have refuel as often and it runs for 45 minutes longer than the Kipor. With the Cromtech Outback 2400, you get 6 hours run time from its 5-litre fuel tank.
On the smaller scale generators, the Kipor 1000w generator has a fuel tank capacity of 2.6 litres and will run continuously for 4 hours which is around an hour longer than the Yamaha 1000w generator.
Looking at the Kipor 3000w model, it has an impressive 13 Litre fuel tank and a run time of around 6 hours at the rate output – this is very similar to the Yamaha EF3000iSE.
The Kipor generators are pretty hefty for their size. Looking at other comparable sized premium or budget options, they are generally a few kilos heavier in most of the models in the range.
Their 2000w generator weighs 23 kilograms, compared to just 20 kilograms for the Yamaha EF2000iS. The Cromtech Outback 2400 inverter generator gives you 2400 watts, yet only weighs 20 kilograms.
The Kipor 1000w is pretty lightweight at only 14 kilograms but again it’s a bit heavier than the Yamaha EF1000iS Inverter Generator at 12.7 kilograms. And trust us, every kilogram counts when you’re carrying your generator from place to place!
The Kipor generators come with a recoil starter, like their counterparts. In some of the “Kipor product reviews” comments in certain forums there were references to trouble starting them, but we tested a few of the models and found no issues.
This is where a large part of the focus should be when you’re considering a budget brand generator. And from what we can see, Kipor has some work to do. The 1000-watt model has a price tag of around $700-$800, the 2000-watt model will set you back around $1,100 and the 3000w is anywhere up to $1,800 (its worth noting here the Cromtech Outback 2400 inverter generator retails for under $1,000). So they’re more expensive than the Cromtech equivalent, and only slightly cheaper than the Yamahas, yet not offering premium features.
The bottom line?
There are some good budget brand generators from China that can serve a purpose for certain applications, and we consider Kipor to be one of them; if you aren’t going to use your generator all the time then you can save yourself some money and consider a good budget brand. They’ll do the small recreational or domestic tasks for you the handful of times a year you need them to. Alternatively, if you need to run your generator more frequently, then opt for a premium brand; they’re built to handle more regular use, have longer warranties and generally offer superior after sales service support if required. See Kipor Generator Review for more information.
But the key thing in the case of a budget brand is that it should “save yourself some money”… this is where Kipor loses points. Its inverter range stacks up against comparable budget options in terms of features and characteristics, but not on price. It’s not expected that a budget brand generator outperforms a premium brand generator; we know that a premium option will offer superior performance, which is why you want the price of a good budget option to be compelling…
We say; either pay a little bit more and opt for the premium brand, or enjoy the cost savings and choose a similar budget brand that is cheaper, such as the Cromtech:
Other recommended alternate brands include Briggs & Stratton, DeWalt or Hyundai – you can check them out HERE.
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DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.