What Can you Run with a 2,000-watt Inverter Generator?

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Looking for a low-cost power solution to keep your electronics running while out camping? Then perhaps a 2,000 watt inverter generator may be what you need.

Inverter generators unlike inverter-battery power solutions can power more appliances longer with a lower investment, are light to carry which is good for your back, and can run silently too.

This post lists what you can expect to power with a 2,000-watt inverter generator and options available to you should your appliances draw more power than a single 2,000 watt unit can handle.

How Many Amps a 2,000 Watt Inverter Generator Handles?

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A good quality 2,000 watt inverter generator can supply a maximum power of about 15.3 A (2,000 watts of power ) when starting at 120V and a lower 1,600 watts (13A) when running continuously (check your inverter manual for your inverter generator model).

The combined power draw of connected appliances should not exceed both the prescribed starting and continuous current limit or else the generator will shut down.

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What Can You Run Off a Single 2,000-Watt Inverter Generator?

Examples of appliances that you can safely run off a 2,000 watt generator in combination with other appliances provided you do not exceed the current limits are:

Note: The list is not exhaustive

  • 700 watt microwave
  • 5,000 – 6,000, 115V BTU air conditioner. If you need to run a larger AC, you may have 2 combine 2 identical inverter generators or use a soft starter with a single air conditioner such as Hutch Mountain Microair Easystart 364.

The soft starters lower the power that an A/C may ordinarily require to start allowing you to use an inverter starter with a lower rating.

For example, according to its manufacturer, you can run a 13,000-15,000 BTU airconditioner from a 2,200 watt Honda inverter generator.

  • 1,000 watt space heater
  • Fridge
  • Coffee maker
  • Laptops, phones, drones, space heaters, selected power tools such as grinders, and power drills provided the power limits are not exceeded
  • TV

What if Your Appliances Draw More Power?

Should you need additional power, you may be able to combine 2 identical inverter generators in parallel for more power (check your owner’s manual if your inverter generator supports this and the kit required).

For example, with a 2,000 watt inverter generator, you can use this parallel kit to connect the two with a compatible 30A RV cord.

Can You Connect a 2,000 K W Inverter Generator to an RV?

Should you need to connect power to the RV’s 30A outlet using an inverter generator, you’ll need to combine 2 x 2,000-watt inverter generators in parallel for a total of about 3,600 watts (120V x 30A).

How Long the Generator Can Run for?

Inverter generator runtime can vary from one make to another so you should consult the owner manual first.

With that said, runtime depends on the power consumption of connected appliances, gas added, and the efficiency of the generator.

As an example, a 2,000 watt generator can run for 10-12 hours when filled up with 500 watts of connected appliances.

Note: As the power consumption of connected appliances increases, the generator’s noise level will increase too.

Final Thoughts

A 2000-watt inverter generator will usually have a maximum starting power of 2,000 watts and continuous power consumption of about 1,600 watts.

It can be used to run several appliances in the RV such as a fridge, RV, microwave, space heaters, selected ACs and others provided its power limits are not exceeded.

Should you require more power, some inverter generators allow you to combine two units with a special parallel cable e RV kit that you can use to connect power to a 30A RV outlet on your trailer.

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