How To Make a Generator Quiet For Camping?

How To Make a Generator Quiet For Camping?

When it comes to camping, the last thing you want is a noisy generator. In this article, we’ll show you how to make a generator quieter for your next camping trip! This article will cover:  How generators work and what causes them to be so loud? What can be done about high noise levels inside the tent? The different types of soundproofing available on the market. Why not just buy an expensive new one? And finally some tips on how to use less power when running your generator.


How to make a generator quiet for camping?

Generators are an amazing source of power when you can’t plug in to your home’s electric supply. They run on gasoline or propane, and will give you hours of uninterrupted power.

Generators are known to be quite loud, especially if they are older models. And even though some manufacturers claim that their products can function quietly, most users have reported that they are still very noisy generators.

There’s a simple way to reduce the noise output of your generator – use ear plugs. Some people do not find this solution practical for camping trips since ear plugs need to constantly worn in order to be effective. It might sound silly at first, but using cotton balls is an effective non-chemical option to muffle the generator’s noise without affecting its efficiency. Here’s how it works:

1] Take some cotton balls and try stuffing them inside the generator’s exhaust pipe.

2] Alternatively, you can also use a piece of fabric such as a large bandana and put it on top of the generator’s muffler.

3] You can even wrap two or three layers of cotton around the muffler to reduce its sound output further. Besides reducing sound level, cotton will not restrict air flow like some other materials (e.g., old T-shirts).

4] If you’re using an inverter type generator, be sure to place it at least 1ft away from your tent/camper so that the noise won’t affect what you are doing inside.

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Can I put a quieter muffler on my generator to? make less noise?

No, that’s a terrible idea. A generator with the muffler removed emits about 150dB; this is as loud as a jet engine from 100 ft away. According to OSHA, if you were exposed to sounds over 115 dB for more than 4 minutes, you could experience permanent hearing loss.

Of course we already know that gasoline engines are very noisy – at full chat they produce 96 dB – and it would be nice if they didn’t sound like a WWII Spitfire taxiing down your street

There are aftermarket mufflers that claim to reduce engine noise, but they don’t actually quiet the engine – just the exhaust noise. If you want a quieter generator, we recommend buying one with a gasoline-powered four-stroke engine instead of a two-stroke model. These engines typically produce 80 dB and 94dB respectively

Why is my portable generator so loud??

A generator can make a lot of noise. Generators are quieter if they are expensive. But if you are not able to afford expensive generators, the more inexpensive ones will be louder. A generator that is 60-70 decibels sounds about as loud as a vacuum cleaner or dishwasher.

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What makes a honda generator so quiet?

Honda generators are specially designed to be quieter than other generators. The highly engineered muffler system, non-quartz models and noise canceling capabilities of inverter generators all contribute to creating the quietest source of portable power. For more information on this topic, read our blog What Makes Honda Generators So Quiet?

how do i connect my honda generator to an RV engineered?

Honda has specially their generators with RV users in mind. Read our article Connecting Honda Portable Generators for RV Use for specific tips on how to get your generator up and running when powering an RV.

what accessories come standard on a honda generator?

Quality doesn’t just happen; it’s designed into every Honda generator. The same high standards used to build their cars and motorcycles are evident throughout our line of generators. So, every Honda generator comes with a whole assortment of standard features – including a low oil shutdown system, an alternator that charges the battery whenever the generator is running, idle control to conserve fuel and reduce noise when it’s not being used, and more! For more information on this topic read: Standard Accessories: What’s Included With Every Honda Generator?

what type of oil does a honda generator use?

Honda generators require SAE 10W-30 or 5W-20 engine oil for all year round protection.

Every model we sell has easy access panels make drain intervals as long as 24 months (in generator mode) or 320 hours (in standby mode). For more information on this topic, read our blog What Oil Does A Honda Generator Use?

how do I start a honda generator?

Before you can use your new generator, you have to attach the proper cords and accessories. Then you have to prepare it for operation by adding oil and fuel. And finally – most important of all – you need to know how to operate it safely! Check out our guide How To Start a Honda Portable Generator .

is there an inverter model that uses gasoline as well as propane?

No, there isn’t any Honda inverter generators that can use gasoline as well as either natural gas or LP gas. However, the EU2000i model is available in California, while the EU7000is model can be used in states that follow CARB (California Air Resources Board) standards.

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Is 76 db loud for a generator?

The obvious answer is “It depends.” In general, though, a gasoline powered generator’s noise level can be classified in two ways: by the unit itself or by the sound level. For example, it might be considered a 65 dbA generator because its manufacturer rates it at 65 decibels measured from 20 inches away from the exhaust outlet when idling. Or it could be considered a 75 dB(A) generator based on third-party measurements that show that under high load conditions (rated for full power) its noise output is actually closer to 75 dB(A).

That said, here are some guidelines:

* The amount of noise generated by a generator seems to correlate fairly well with engine size and useable power output. For comparison, our Honda EU2000i generator measures at about 54 dB(A) from one meter away and it is a very quiet unit. A typical 200-300 watt gasoline powered home improvement store generator measures around 80 – 83 dB(A).

* All generators produce very high sound levels under full load. The EPA requires that the maximum sound output be measured at 50% of their nameplate rating, which is around 33% – 40% of their maximum power output level depending on how efficient your generator is. Even quietest generators (the Hondas) will become quite loud when you get down to this 50% mark or so.

* All generators should be operated with good quality, un-clipped earplugs in both ears. This can significantly lower the noise exposure experienced by operators especially if they are exposed to noise for extended periods of time (more than an hour).

Electric powered generators from Harbor Freight – generator manufacturers rate their noise output based on the distance measured from the exhaust outlet. At this particular location, it’s about 80 dB(A). These machines are really quiet when you measure them at more than 2 meters away (about 66 dB(A) or so) but it is difficult to user them in this manner due to the cord length limitation of 50 feet.

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Small (< 200 watts?) Gasoline powered home improvement store generators – Manufacturer rated at 82 dBA? Measured one meter away, about 83-84 dB(A). Bad for your ears if used without ear protection for any significant amount of time even though they can be quite small and portable.

5.5 HP gas generator powering through a wall – manufacturer rated at 72 dB(A) one meter away and the generator is actually running outside. Measured from inside 2 meters away, it’s about 76 dBA. With ear protection, almost unnoticeable even though it is loud.

Honda EU2000i (56 dBA) and Camp Chef Explorer 2 burner propane stove (75 dBA) combined as a cooking system – noise level was measured as approximately 74 dBA with the stove on low to medium setting and the Honda idled. When activated, sounds like a large window AC unit or fan running 12 feet away instead of the actual appliance sound levels about 1 foot away which are closer to 75 dB(A). The time to boil two cups of water is about 7 minutes.

Honda EU2000i (54 dBA) and the real sound of rain on a metal roof – sounds like a large window AC unit or fan running 12 feet away instead of the actual appliance sound levels about 1 foot away which are closer to 55 dB(A).

An example from experience: Honda EU60is worked very well as a sound system at this year’s Maker Faire. It was placed next to where people were having lunch and provided enough power for many hours of music playback without any problems. People could still hear each other talk when it was going, but they had to raise their voices slightly. When the generator wasn’t being used, you really have to be within several feet of the machine to hear anything. It’s very quiet. Some other generators are not as efficient at converting fuel into electrical power, so they will produce much more noise using the same amount of fuel < 50% load vs >90% load, for example).

EPA Noise Certification And Decibel Ratings For Lawn Mowers – The noise certification process for lawnmowers is similar to that of gasoline generators. The noise output measured one meter away from the exhaust outlet during certification testing should be no more than 74 dB(A) and is usually closer to 72-73 dBA for a typical riding lawn mower. However, they don’t need to be operated in an enclosed area and can be used with ear protection or outside and still provide many years of service with proper maintenance.

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What brand of generator is the quietest in? the industry?

Many of you might know the answer, but for others this might be a new question. So let’s get to it.

The quietest generator in the industry is the Generac IQ2000 inverter generator . It operates at 690 running watts and 870 starting watts. The engine on this generator produces only 52 decibels which makes it one of the quietest generators available today.

What’s the difference between generator and inverter generator?

Generator sets are different from inverter generator sets in three major areas: how power is generated, what types of loads the unit can power, and how much total available wattage the unit can generate. Let’s take a closer look at each area.

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Inverter generators make use of microprocessor control to precisely match their output to the load (i.e., electrical appliance) that is powered by it. The result is clean, smooth, safe electricity where you need it when you need it. Inverter generators also produce less heat during operation than conventional generators and even include an Eco-mode that increases fuel efficiency while reducing noise levels.

By comparison, the power generation of conventional generators is crude and inefficient—and often results in unstable power output, which can damage sensitive electrical devices. The power generated by conventional generators is “stepped up” through a process called “voltage trans-formation.” Conventional generator outputs (120/240 VAC) are generally considered too high for many powered electrical appliances (though small appliances may still function).

Therefore, the voltage must be “stepped down” through another process called “voltage transformation.” Voltage transformation reduces voltage levels to usable levels but also causes an increase in heat, current loss and harmonic distortion. This makes conventional generators less than ideal for powering most electronic equipment or sensitive home/business appliances. Furthermore, because they operate at lower efficiency levels, conventional generators consume more fuel while producing less usable power.


Inverter generators can be used to power both home/business electronic equipment/appliances and motor-powered tools. As stated above, inverter generator output is clean and safe for sensitive electronics—and it’s also compatible with most 3-phase appliances (including air conditioning units). Conventional generators are best suited for powering motor-driven tools or larger household appliances that are not 3 phase.

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Inverter generators typically produce more total available wattage than conventional generators. This is primarily because conventional generators are less efficient and they must use a “step-up/step-down” voltage transformation process (which also consumes additional power). Conventional generators can be found in wattage ranges from 1000 to 6000 watts—whereas inverter generator models range from about 2000 to 8000 watts.

Do you need to cover a generator in the rain?

The short answer is no, you do not need to cover a generator in the rain.

Rain Can Damage Your Generator’s Electronics — But Only If You Neglect Them!

The one and only time you must protect your generator from water damage is when an electrical storm strikes while it’s running and connected to your home appliances. During such a storm, lightning can strike within miles of your location. Lightning can easily travel along electric power lines for many miles before dissipating into harmless heat energy – which means if your running generator is connected to your home’s wiring, you put it at serious risk for damage!

When lightning strikes, power surges can travel back along the same path as the surge that hit the network – which means your home appliances could be damaged. Don’t let this happen to your generator! If you’re running it during an electrical storm, make sure you unplug it at the same time you disconnect every appliance connected to its outlets. But if you do this right before a storm hits (so lightning will probably not strike nearby), there’s no need to shelter your generator.

Just shut off any household circuits connected to its outlets and walk away. Now here’s where things may get tricky… In some cases, people have been negligent about turning off their home appliances and the generator surges damaged them, even though it was turned off. So if lightning is very likely (such as in a thunderstorm), it’s advisable to take an extra step: Turn off any appliance connected to your generator, unplug the cord from its outlet, and use a nonconductive object such as a wooden broom handle or scrap of 2×4 lumber to push the disconnected plug completely out of its wall socket so it can’t accidentally be plugged back in before an electrical storm passes.

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Rain Can Cause Generator Packing Material Damage — But Only If You’re Neglectful!

Water damage isn’t just about electricity. It can also affect your generator’s shipping components and materials – and that could happen while it’s running or not. Your generator’s engine and fuel system are fine, of course, but its other components could get wet if they weren’t adequately packed against the weather. The primary culprit is paper packing material – foam peanuts, shredded paper or even bits of crumbled cardboard from the box itself. When your generator arrives at your home, be sure to find a suitable location where a day or two of precipitation will not contaminate anything inside. Find a dry corner outside your house with good drainage that can hold all of the pieces you’ll have to remove from its shipping container.

Then open up the package and spread out its contents on top of everything else you’ve already removed (like oil bottles and manuals), so drips don’t damage anything beneath. The last thing you want to do is turn your generator into a big flesh-toned sponge that’s impossible to dry out, so be sure all of its pieces are spread far enough apart that they don’t touch each other until you have time to repack it with clean packing material!

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Can you run a hair dryer on a generator?

A hair dryer can’t run directly on a generator. But if you built an enclosure for the generator and duct the heat out of it, you could create steam with the heat. Then circulate that steam through pipes to your house where it would be used to heat water in a tankless water heater. The heater would then send hot water into the rest of your home’s heating system to distribute heated air throughout your home.

How much wattage does a hair dryer use?

A hair dryer uses about 1,200 to 1,600 watts of power while operated at full speed. Most hair dryers have two or three power settings which reduce energy consumption by around 90 percent but also significantly reduce air flow. You can save energy by using the lowest power setting.

How much does a hair dryer cost per year?

On average, a single daily use hair dryer will cost between $8 and $12 per year in electricity costs if you run it for 15 minutes each daythis assumes that your cost for electricity is 12 cents per kilowatt hour. If you use a hair dryer more frequently, it will cost even less per year.

What are the best ways to save money using a hair dryer?

The easiest way to save money with a hair dryer is to reduce your usage. Using a lower power setting and running the blower for less time can significantly reduce costs. If you typically run your blow dryer for 30 minutes every day, try turning the heat down or switching off the “cool shot” function so that you can cut your usage in half—to 15 minutes daily.

Where should I place my dryer when I use it?

When blowing hot into your hand while using a hair dryer, the air should feel hot but not scalding. Be aware that in some cases, even when you’ve turned down the heat on your hair dryer it may still feel very hot if you’re using a lower quality model and/or if there is poor airflow around where you’re holding your hand. Hair dryers typically get hotter when they lack sufficient insulation to retain heat.


We hope that this article has given you some helpful ideas and tips on how to make your generator quieter for camping. One of the easiest ways is by installing a silencer with an air muffler. They are easy to install, inexpensive, and they work very well.

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