Lectron Generators : A couple of years back, we told you how Lectron was the new kid on the generator block. We were excited about these budget generators made in China, especially because they came with some appealing features and were backed by a 1 year warranty.
However, 2 years on and we are withdrawing our support for the Lectron generators brand. We like to be open with our customers about why we do and don't stock certain products. So here's why we will no longer stock Lectron generators:
Poor product support
Lectron no longer provides the product support (warranty, service, parts support) that we have come to expect from a local supplier. The generators are okay - as they were when we first recommended them initially - but once a unit needs to be inspected for repair, or spare parts are required, or something goes wrong, Lectron generators leaves you high and dry.
Unacceptable levels of customer service
Lectron provides poor customer service. It's as simple as that. In fact, the company once had customer support available, but has disconnected its phone number, so it's not even possible to speak with a Lectron representative about its products. We've tried emails too but the customer service team rarely answer emails requesting product support. So despite starting out with lots of promise, the brand has ended up, like many other Chinese importers, forgetting about after sales support.
No service agents in Australia
The Australian distributor for Lectron generators does not have an approved network of service agents in Australia.
'Parts only' warranty
The Lectron manufacturer's warranty is a 'parts only' warranty, so if you have an issue with your Lectron generator, you will need to find a local small engine service agent that is prepared to inspect and repair the generator at your expense. In other words, you need to pay an agent to inspect and diagnose faults with your Lectron generator. And if that's not bad enough, you will also need to pay the service agent to fit faulty parts that are supplied under the manufacturer's warranty.
Poor spare part support
Our experience has revealed the spare part support from Lectron to be very poor. Sometimes the distributor will have parts, but often they won't. And in our opinion, that's just not good enough.
Meet Cromtech, a better affordable alternative
The good news is there are many quality affordable generators in the market that we are happy to recommend. And the Cromtech Outback 2400w Inverter Generator is a better, affordable alternative to Lectron. Manufactured in China, this generator is a great value budget option. And because it is distributed in Australia by Crommelins Machinery, it has the full backing and support of a reputable national service agent.
Crommelins is a trusted Australian manufacturer and distributor that has been in the generator trade for over 50 years. While the company still manufactures and assembles power equipment in Australia, it has also seen the opportunity of a 'budget' option in the inverter generator market.
Enter the Cromtech Outback
Great for caravans, camping, home back-up power and domestic use, this generator has the attractive budget price-tag with the backing of national service support. Cromtech products are supported by hundreds of approved service agents across Australia, something that really sets them apart from other budget brands on the market.
Another budget brand inverter generator made in China which also has a national Service Agent backing is Supaswift. These Supaswift generators are backed by All Power Industries and supported by the All Power nationwide Service Dealer and Spare Parts Network.
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.