Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Lidl Parkside 4-stroke Generator.

I bought one of these today, a high capacity petrol generator from Lidl, branded with their own name, 'PARKSIDE'. Now, I am fully aware that many will say "buy cheap - get poor quality", with the possibility of damaging sensitive electronics equipment due to inferior output voltage regulation, but for my purposes this seems to work well.

I already own a high quality Japanese generator, which is used at the boat to power our every need there, including the C-Tek battery chargers without the need of running the main boat engine. This one is going to be kept at home, and used mainly for powering machine tools and my high wattage Karcher jet washer in and around the garden. It will also double up to be used in the ever more frequent power cuts we seem to experience here now, particularly in Winter. (We had a 24hr power out over last Christmas, and the Christmas before the grid was off for over a week, and the supply company had to bring in a huge generator of their own after 24hrs while they fixed the problem). If needed for work on the boat, I could also take it there.

At 42kg and 96db noise level when running normally, it is probably too noisy and bulky to be kept and used around the boat in any case. But, it is specified to have a maximum output of 2.8kw, with a continuous output of 2.6kw @230V. It has a 15ltr petrol tank, which will keep it running for 11hrs under nominal load, and for the British market, is fitted with two standard UK type 3-pin sockets. The motor is 4-stroke petrol, rated at 7HP, and the unit is fitted with an overload cut-off switch, and a volt meter. There is an earthing bolt which should be connected to a suitable grounding stake when in use, but there is no 12V output. Fitted with heavy duty wheels, and a draw-bar, it is easy enough to move around the locations where it will be used. I have now built it up and tried it, and so far, I am suitably impressed. The unit also comes with a 3 year warranty, and the build quality and finish are superb.

Click here for the Lidl website product details. Product details. A Lidl video of the product is at the bottom of the page. The cost of this item? Just £179. In my book that is worth a punt.







15 comments:

  1. Hi Peter,
    At 42kg I can't see you lifting it into the car boot! How do you intend moving it to K-L when required?

    Regards

    Tom

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    1. Hi Tom. Yes it is quite large and heavy, but does have the luxury of 2 outlets and 2.5kw. You may remember that the shore power on our home mooring is very low power, and some of my larger power tools and Karcher pressure washer could blow the trip on start up. Margaret and I lifted it into the boot of her Peugeot 107 to get it home from the Lidl store, so I guess that is how we will do it as and when we need it.

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  2. PS I tried it at home at the end of the garden with the Karcher, and it works very well. A bargain at the price.

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  3. While making the choice to buy a generator, there are several things to be considered to make sure that the variety being purchased will work for the intended use. Before buying it, you need to ensure the type, size, speed, and the output of the generator. While there are generators powered by gasoline, diesel, or petrol, the choice that is made is dependent on the price of the unit as well as the operating costs. Gasoline is the most cost effective type, but petrol generators cost less at purchase with much more expensive operating costs.

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    1. Hi Tony, and thanks for your comment which, of course contains a link to your website that is selling Hyundai generators, which is good, as it provides comparisons for readers, as per the content of your comment. I suppose this Hyundai generator: Hayundai HY3100L found on your site, can be compared in performance with the Lidl Parkside. Noise comparisons should not be confused, as the Parkside is measured directly, whereas the Hyundai is measured at 7 metres. Of course the Hyundai has a recognised name of proven brand quality, but there is a price that comes with that, and that is £396 inc. VAT. As always, the reader, and potential purchaser has the final choice.

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  4. Isn't Gasoline, Petrol?

    Regards

    Mike

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  5. Yes Mike, as far as I am aware gasoline is petrol and gasoil is diesel - the two main fuels used for generators, other than LPG, so I too didn't quite understand Tony Robbins' comment. However, it was placed with a link within it to his own sales website, (click petrol generators within his text), so I suspect the comment itself was just a vehicle to place this here. I published it for comparison purposes because his site contained a product that was more or less identical to the Lidl generator in specification, but was much more expensive.

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  6. Hi Peter & Margaret, thanks for the reply. The reason I came to your website is that Lidl are once again offering the Parkside Generator again. Even at the same price.
    Not that I am in the market for a generator at that price point it seemed a good thing to have on stand-by in case of prolonged power cuts etc. So was looking to see how good it was, particularly reliability.

    Thanks

    Mike

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    1. Hi Mike. We initially bought our generator to use on our boat, and subsequently will probably use it with our motorhome in the future, as well as a standby for future possible power cuts at home as you intend. As a standby generator we intend to run it through a manual change-over switch from the national grid to generator supply, fed through its own consumer unit that will only feed a bare minimum of essential services that are well within its capacity. This would of course be installed by a qualified electrician, but all parts are available from UK suppliers. It has more than enough capacity to supply the needs of a boat or motorhome. It is also relatively quiet at 96db, measured directly at the generator, (not at 7 metres as many others are - which is why they seem to be rated quieter), although would possibly still cause some annoyance to close neighbours. This generator is identical in design and specification as many proprietary famous branded ones. It may or may not be made by any of these manufacturers and then badged with the (much cheaper) Lidl brand - I just don't know, but ours has certainly proved very reliable in use, starts easily and still provides excellent service with no problems so far. The fuel tank is quite large, so the unit can run for around 8 hours per tank, but watch out for storage implications for that amount of petrol. I keep mine with a minimal 5 litres in the tank, and use that to test it around once a month. As a back-up device it would probably be better kept in its own purpose built store outdoors, and wheeled out to use.

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  7. Guys, I bought one exactly like the one above in mint condition from the car boot sale a couple of Sundays ago for £80.00, but till now I don't know how many KVA this generator is. It doesn't say/show. Does anyone knows this?

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    1. My generator power output is 2.8kw Max, 2.6kw continuous. If you click the "product details link that I posted above, all its specifications are there.

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  8. Thank you for your comprehensive information, which is most useful.
    Is the output suitable for sensitive electronic equipment, as found in most houses. Computers and so on?

    Michael Bird

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    1. Hi Michael. I use it fir household equipment including tv and laptop but through its transformer power supply without issue.

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  9. Hi guys..bought one today second hand in good working order, it handled an angle grinder no problem....my question, I have not got a owners manual with it, is their a web site which I could down load the information or maybe buy a manual .........

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    1. If you click on the link "product details" in the last paragraph of my post, that takes you to the page on Llidl's website about their generator. You will also find on this page user manuals to download in various languages. Hope this helps.

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