Okay folks, here is a link to a very lon.......................gggggggg thread (more than 250 pages) on generators, and particularly Kipors.
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Tech Issues: 3000W Chinese Gensets Info.
What follows is a post by a Flemish guy who translates (not so well) what he wrote on his flemish site concerning Kipors: note he is discussing the 3000 unit, if my memory is accurate (and I haven't had a seniors moment). I will now quote him directly:
Just finished info collection because there was one Tc in the offerings at Makro. Will translate my conclusions posted a day or to ago on the Flemish site. Thanks for basic info to Kipor International for adequate and to the point info, be it that we had a bit dificulties to understand each others English
, my Chinese being even poorer, and they were not particulary fluent in Flemish. Also collected some observations from Canada
The Kipor lookalike from the Honda exists in two completely different versions (although the specs look that similar) en both are sold under a number of brands. Makro's version is named LoadUp, there is also Kawa, Kipor and KDE, and if you orders a number high enough you can have your own brand, even with technical modifications.
De two versions are
the Sinemaster or "i" serie en de Campermate or" c" serie.
Both series have a lot in common with the Honda: the alternator
and motor built on the same axle, the safety
cutouts, the econo throtle, the silencing and the general working principle. The alternator
AC output is rectified filtered and stabilized, the direct current
is transformed into AC again and there is the catch .
The Ti sinemaster as the Honda got a pure sine mosfet AC "inverter", the Tc Campermate has a modified sine wave "inverter" rather a square wave said my contact.
Originally what as Tc Campermate went to the US and canadian market had been developed to feed big projectors, up to several Kw, but also down to 1Kw, rated 900W, on a 1300W drive, those we get on our market now.
Even the bigger "c" range machines were not able to get running the airco's our US and Cn friends bought them for. The Chinese plainly answerred that the Tc were not meant to drive motors and that Ti should be used for that.
It is the same answer they gave me: if you want a generator to drive most applications from motors, to power tools, computer gear
you should buy a Ti Sinemaster, if you need a cheaper generator that will be able to be used for some applications you can go for the Campermate Tc... what some applications are is in the first instance the projectors KDE delivers as options, but I would not try flurescent lighting
as modified sinus "inverters" are noteworthy poor with capacitive loads.
None of the positive experiences I collected dated back furthet than six month
Noise level was judged equal to Honda, generators compared at equal distance.
No one used a generator for other than occasional backup purposes.
One used Ti for "all purposes" inclusive compressor
fridge and charging
batteries over an AC loader. One used a Tc but mainly for lighting
, halogen an d incandescent, and heating
(cooling but by an electrolux fridge) and a radiant heater with a small fan. The latter is interesting as modified sinus inverters often behave better on a capacitive or inductive load if given the major chunk of their load as resistive load.
As for me because Ti is not yet on our market but only Tc... I keep the boat
Hope thes gives you some clues
hope not to much flemish remained interjected while i typed over my original text