SDMO Portable Inverter Generators - a Toolstop Buying Guide
Posted by Mark Hunter - July 10, 2013
Power on the go is a fantastic option for many of us, whether for on the jobsite, for carrying out DIY jobs, or for leisure activities such as camping, caravan trip or on the boat.
In such cases a generator is what we'll be looking for to provide us with the power we need.
However, there are a couple of problems with traditional generators:
- irregular power ouput
No one wants to be working around a noisy generator, particularly when you're camping! And when you're using the generator to power sensitive equipement such as electronics, as may be the case on the jobsite, you need to power output to be regulated to avoid damanging your gear.
That's why it's important to look for a generator that's:
- guaranteed to adjust the stability of voltage and frequency
Extra features such as economy and low emissions are also huge factors to consider.
With these standards in mind, we're going to look at two portable inverter generators from SDMO.
||59 dB(A) @ 7m
||51 dB(A) @ 7m when in economy (tortoise) mode
||1 x 12v DC output
|3Kw max. power
||2 x 230v 16 amp CEE sockets with thermal breaker
||Caraveners, campers, boaters
||Smooth output via inverter technology||
The SDMO Inverter PRO 3000 offers a beefy 3kW of power, which is enough to power tools via the 12v DC output. It's also very quiet, offering a low 51dB(A) when positioned 7m away from where you're working.
The inverter technology makes sure the output voltage and frequency is always constant at + or - 1%. The SDMO Inverter PRO 3000 runs off unleaded petrol via the internal 13 litre tank, and the power management equates to lower fuel consuption, reduced emissions and noise.
Starting it is dead easy, simply turn the key. And if you've allowed the internal battery to go flat, you can also start it via the recoil.
All of this adds up to a very portable generator, weighing in at only 68kg dry (ie. without fuel).
See it in action on Toolstop TV.
If you like your portable generators to be the briefcase-sized, then you need to take a close look at the SDMO Inverter PRO 2000.
Featuring the same inverter technology that will guarantee the frequency and voltage heading into your tools and electronic equipment, this portable generator weighs in at only 21 kilos, making it ultra portable.
Like the PRO 3000, it runs off unleaded petrol via its 4.2 litre tank and is started via a recoil.
||60 dB(A) @ 7m
||DIY and leisure activities|
|2kW max. power
||51.5 dB(A) @ 7m when in economy (tortoise) mode||Quick access side panel for servicing
||Caravaning, camping and boating
||Economy control to maximise runtime
||1 x 230V AC three pin socket & 1 x 12V DC 8amp socket with thermal breaker
A great feature of the SDMO Inverter PRO 2000 is that ability couple two together to get a combined power output of 3Kw
Fuel consumption runs at around 1 litre per hour when on 3/4 power and as with the SDMO Inverter PRO 3000 is rated at IP23 which means it'll protect your fingers and is resistant to sprayed liquids, full details here.
See it in action on Toolstop TV.
If you're already a portable generator users, let us know in the comments how you typically use it.
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