If you are looking for a recreational portable generator that you can take with you on your weekend excursions, camping and fishing trips, picnics and tailgating, and you are not after something hefty and need only minimal amount of power, then you will not go wrong with a small 1000 watt generator.
1000 watt generators are perfect for those who just need ample electricity for small items like lights, laptop or notebook PCs, small communication equipments like cell phones or satellite phones, coffee-makers and water heater. These will not suitable for heavier and power hungry appliances like refrigerators, air conditioning, etc., but if you are out there camping and communing with nature, why would you have a need for air conditioning or a flat screen TV anyway, right?
The following is a list of 1000 watt generator that operate relatively silent so you can get electricity and some peace and quiet at the same time:Yamaha EF1000iS – this is one of the top inverter generators out there and is ultra-light at 33 lbs. It is powered by a 50cc OHV 4-stroke Yamaha engine and operates at a very quiet 57 dB (A). Fuel tank has a 0.66 gallon capacity which can squeeze out 12 hours of continuous operation at 25% load. It is actually rated at 900 watt running AC and a maximum AC of 1000 watts. Learn more about this in my 1000 and 2000 watt Yamaha generator reviews.
Kipor IG1000 – this 1000 watt inverter type portable generator is rated 900 watts AC with a maximum of about 1050 watts. It is run with a 55 cc OHC engine capable of 4.2 to 16 hours continuous operation at around 54 dB (A) noise. Features include a 12v DC output and an electric circuit breaker. For more information about this and other models from this brands, please read this Kipor generator article.
Honeywell HW1000i – this ultra-compact portable power generator is likewise a 900 watt rated generator capable of 1000 watts maximum. Fuel tank capacity is 0.77 gallon which feeds a 53 cc 4-stroke engine. It also features a 12v DC output and an overload safety indicator. It is CARB compliant so it is accepted in all 50 U.S. states. Being an invert type generator, it is capable of varying engine speed to increase fuel efficiency. It is also a silent generator rated at 58 dB (A) at 7 meters.
Concealed Power CP1000B – another quiet and clean power generator designed for maximum fuel efficiency and lightweight profile. Its engine is a 53.5cc 4-stroke OHV engine with a 0.68 gallon fuel tank. It is rated at 850 watts up to a maximum of 1000 watts. Noise level is pegged at 58 dB (A).
The listed generators above are all gasoline-fueled generators.