Tailgating parties are great. They can be held before big football games, before baseball, and really before any big event in general. They are the ideal way to get together with your friends in preparatory celebration.[amazon table=”904″]
In order for a tailgating party to be as good as it possibly can be, you must have a good portable generator. In this post, we’re going to identify exactly some of those.
We’ll take an in-depth look at the features that each of the portable generators on our list offers, and what’s good about them. We’ll also provide non-biased information on what could be improved about each unit.
In brief, a good tailgating generator should be powerful, and as quiet as possible so as not to disturb your gathering. The best tailgate generator is the best portable generator too. As long as the generator is of high-quality, outputs clean power, and is well-priced, then it’s a good tailgating generator.
Honda EU2200I – The Best All RounderThe Honda EU2200i is the perfect little unit to keep your tailgating party powered up for many an hour. It boasts very good build quality, it’s aesthetically pleasing, and it outputs an impressive 2200 watts of peak power.
Honda has improved the new EU2200i over its predecessor but has still managed to keep the qualities about it that everyone loved – the light weight, extraordinary portability, and clean power.
It has a maximum power output of 2200 watts, and is capable of outputting a continuous 2200 watts. The EU2200i is more than capable of handling all of the appliances that you could ever wish to use at a tailgating party. However, if you’d like an even larger amount of power at your party for whatever reason, the EU2200i can be joined in parallel connection with another Honda generator in order to achieve an even greater total power output again.
Parallel connection is a good option too if you’d like to spread the load of a number of appliances over two units instead of one.
Another great point that the EU2200i can offer is that it has an inverter fitted. The fact that it’s an inverter generator allows the output of a very smooth and clean sine-wave output that has little to no harmonic distortion.
The high-quality power output that this generator has it what makes it the best all-rounder for tailgating. The EU2200i is equally as suitable for powering a small cooker at your tailgating party as it is charging your mobile phone.
- Very Portable – weighs just 47 pounds and is equipped with an easy -to-use carrying handle
- Extremely quiet – produced just 57 decibels of noise at full load
- Easy to start
- Perfect for tailgating – it’s quiet, light weight, and produces great quality power
- Great runtimes – one tank of fuel will keep the EU2200i going for 8 hours when being used at 25% capacity, and over 3 hours still when running at full capacity
- Lack of fuel gauge
- Not particularly cheap
We have a full review on the Honda EU2200i here too if you’re interested.
Generac IQ2000 – The Best Value For Money
The IQ2000 is easily one of the quietest and most portable tailgating generators that are on offer.
The Generac IQ2000 is amazingly portable, weighing in at only 46.2lbs.It can be easily moved by one person to any location that you’d like.
Starting the IQ2000’s engine is easily done as well. It’s fitted with a very durable recoil pull cord. To run the generator, there’s a large dial on the left side of the IQ2000 that lets you choose your running power.
This large dial is a great feature for usability – if you’re in the middle of your tailgating party and are very busy, you can easily reach over to it from anywhere and simply turn it to what you would like.
The IQ2000 has some different operating modes available – economy, standard, and turbo. Economy mode offers the best fuel efficiency of the generator and is great for use when tailgating, whilst turbo allows you to use the generator to its full potential.
The Generac IQ2000 has both a fuel and power gauge, that displays how much power the generator is producing at the time. This is also good for seeing how much of the generator’s total potential power you’re using. The IQ2000 also comes with an automatic low oil level detection system, preventing long term engine damage due to burning out because of an oil shortage.
Key Features – Generac IQ2000
- Maximum Power Output: 2000 watts
- Running Power Output: 1600 watts
- Very refined – the IQ2000 runs at only 53dB
- Very lightweight at just over 46 pounds
- Efficient – one tank of fuel in the IQ2000 will keep it running at a quarter load for up to 9 hours.
- Inverter – the power output from the IQ2000 is smooth and safe to be used for all types of devices/appliances
- Runtime display
- Parallel connectivity – the IQ2000 can be attached to another IQ2000
- Issues at higher altitudes have been noted
If you’re interested, we have a full review on the Generac IQ2000 right here too.
Champion 75537I – The Most Powerful
The 75537I is an inverter generator made by Champion Power Equipment. The 75537I is fuelled by gasoline, and is also fitted with an electric start button making getting the generator up and running whilst tailgating can be done quickly and efficiently.
The 75537i is portable too, being fitted with a carry handle and wheel. The 75537i’s wheel kit is extremely tough. It’s got “never-flat” tires that make them well suited to moving the generator over more harsh terrains. Whilst this may not be applicable entirely to tailgating, it’s good to know.
It’s a relatively portable generator at 95 lbs in weight.
The 75537i is a powerful unit. It’s able to output a peak wattage of 3100 watts and will output 2800 watts of power continually. The 75537i uses its fuel efficiently as well – being able to output more than 7 hours of electricity whilst using only one tank of fuel at 25% load.
It’s a generator that is easily more than powerful enough for even heavy-usage tailgating. It will be able to power a smaller cooker or heater with ease.
The build quality and soundproofing measures that Champion has employed make the 75537I a very refined generator too, operating at only 58 decibels.
Being an inverter generator, the power from the 75537i is suitable for powering all sizes of device and appliance. For example, when tailgating you could have your laptop or camera being powered by the generator at the same time as a stove. Its extreme versatility makes it great for tailgating.
- 3100 Starting Watts
- 2800 Running Watts
- Easy To Start – the 75537i can be started either electrically or remotely
- Efficient – when running in economy mode, the 75537i is particularly efficient
- Quiet Operation– the 7537i runs at just 58 decibels
- Inverter Generator – the power output by the generator has minimal harmonic distortion and is of great quality
- Lacking a 240V power outlet
- 95 pounds in weight
A-iPower SUA2000iV – The Cheapest
The SUA20009V is the cheapest tailgating generator that we have on our list. The great and uncommon thing about the A-iPower SUA2000iV is that it doesn’t sacrifice quality and refinement even though it’s cheap.
It’s a quiet generator that’s still able to output a very good amount of power.
It’s got a peak wattage of 2000 watts and has 1600 watts of running power. It’s fitted with a very efficient and small 79cc engine from A-iPower too.
It can run for more than 6 hours when under half load, which is 800 watts approximately. This is more than enough time for any tailgating, and it’ll run for even longer if you aren’t using more than 800 watts which is also likely.
The SUA2000iV has an eco-throttle installed that adjusts the speed of the engine to only what is necessary to provide the power that’s being used. When eco-throttle is being used, it will continue to output power for over 8 hours when running at 50% capacity.
The SUA200iV is also able to operate at only 50 decibels. This is very refined for a generator that’s in the price range that this A-iPower unit is.
The SUA2000iV is as environmentally friendly as possible too – it’s both EPA and CARB compliant. Not only does this give you the reassurance that you’re having a minimal negative environmental impact.
This unit from A-iPower can be connected to another generator from A-iPower through it’s parallel connection port, or surprisingly other brands such as Yamaha too. This is the only generator that we have seen to offer such capabilities with opposing brands.
- 2000 watts of max power
- 1600 watts of running power
- Extremely Cost-Effective
- Very Refined – It operates at only 50 decibels!
- Lightweight – it weighs only 50lbs and can be easily moved anywhere
- Positive feedback from users
- Inverter Installed – the power that the SUA2000iV outputs are of very high-quality, and is perfectly suitable for powering smaller, more sensitive electronics
- CARB and EPA Compliant
- Economic – when the generator is in eco-mode, it is able to provide power for up to 9 hours whilst at half capacity
- Parallel Connections – this generator can even be connected in parallel with other brands of generator
- Warranty Period of 3 years
- Not a massive amount of running power
This A-iPower unit was also included on our list of the best cheap generators.
The Generac IQ2000 is the smallest and most portable generator. It’s great for tailgating, and it’s very well-priced. The parallel kit that can be connected to the IQ2000 is also reported to be very good. However, it’s not as powerful as the EU2200i, having a running wattage of 1600 watts.
The A-iPower SUA2000iV is the cheapest generator on our list. It makes a great little unit for tailgating, and for the money, it packs an impressive amount of power. If you’re looking for a cheap generator for the occasional tailgating event, it’s a great option.
The 75537i from Champion is great. It’s powerful with 2800 continuous watts on offer and has an inverter too. However, a tailgating generator should be as powerful as possible. Whilst 95 lbs is by no means not portable, it could be a bit lighter.
The Honda EU2200i is, in our opini0n, the best tailgating generator available. It’s great quality, comes from a very well-respected brand, and is powerful. It also looks great. The power that it outputs is of high quality and is clean due to the advanced inverter that it’s got installed. It’s also very portable, just as a good tailgating generator should be.