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Kings Generators

Post by VK2CSW » Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:29 pm

Hi All,

The generator I have (a 2kVA chinese thing) has developed an oil leak.

Just spent an hour taking the covers off. I reckon there's another hour getting the engine shrouds off before I can even begin to look for the oil leak.

It looks like I can get a Kings 2kVA for about $450 or a 3kVA for about $650.
https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/produc ... rs-24.html

I use (used?) this one to run household fridges and to charge batteries during extended power outages and to run a water pump from the tank during bush fires.

Although having a clean output for using with radios would be nice, for the price I wouldn't expect that.

Has anyone used a Kings genset?

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Post by VK4GHZ » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:16 pm

Although we live in disposable society these days, replacing a 'cheap Chinese' something with a different 'cheap Chinese' something often ends the same.

The URL you posted appears truncated (returns a 404 error), and should probably be:
https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/advent ... power.html

It's widely acknowledged that Honda generators are hard to beat.
Add the cost of the original generator and a replacement, and you're approaching the Honda.
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Post by VK6NI » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:00 am

I've had two Honda generators. The first one (1KW) I sold to get a bigger one (2KW). Both worked exceptionally well on IOTAs, etc. The 2KW unit had some slight RF issues that were solved with filters. The 2KW unit now sits in the shed and gets pulled out when there is a power failure, starts on third or fourth pull no matter how long its been standing without use. I have had it serviced over the years at a Honda dealer to keep it reliable but often goes several years without service. While writing this I'm trying to work out how long I've had it - it must be 15+ years!
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Re: Kings Generators

Post by VK2CSW » Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:45 am

After the storm here on Tuesday we were without power until the wee small hours of Thursday.

Needless to say, the generator got pressed into service and did sterling service.

I found that I could run an upright freezer, two full size fridges and charge various batteries all at once. The trick was to stagger the start up of each of the big devices. It couldn't handle the start up current for all three at once.

I ran it for about three hours for the first run then left everything overnight. Ran it for two hours, off for two hours, ran for 1 hour (once I had all three fridges together), off two hours, on 1 hour, etc.

Didn't really miss a beat and probably used about three or four litres of fuel.

All in all it passed it's first test.

I only have 2m and 70cm here at the moment - I could only detect interference if I had the handheld within about 1.5 m of the genset running under a pretty full load.
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Post by VK7HH » Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:06 pm

VK6NI wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:00 am
The 2KW unit had some slight RF issues that were solved with filters.
Hi Nigel,
What were the RF issues and what did you do to rectify them. I'm looking at getting a generator for Field Days and portable, but I worry about RF noise on 6 metres and 2 metres.

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Post by VK3BA » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:31 am

G'day Hayden,

I've had my Honda EU20i since about 2004 and it's never missed a beat. I try and service it annually (new plug, oil, filter). It can be sitting around for months and usually starts after one or two pulls - typical Honda performance. If you have a look in the Contests & Field Day section, there's plenty of commentary about generators over the years - particularly the popularity of the Honda EU20i which has recently been superseded by the Honda EU22i. While some people have experienced minor EMI issues, myself and many others haven't. Years ago at a quiet bush block, I parked my EU20i under a 40m dipole and challenged the operator to hear it - he couldn't.

I've found over the years, the most EMI issues at contest stations seem to come from dodgy USB accessories, cheap wall-wart power supplies and some high output light fittings - particularly on 2m.

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Post by VK6NI » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:46 pm

Hayden
It was a long time ago on Dirk Hartog Island. Filters was perhaps too good a word, we ended up making coils in the extension cables and grounding the radios properly. All radios we were using were HF, I've not tried any weak signal work portable. We later used other generators on Woody Island and fixed all interference issues with Corcom 10R6 filters. I would not hesitate to buy the Honda generators, more pricey but definitely reliable and if you do come up with interfence it can be solved with appropriate filters.
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Re: Kings Generators

Post by VK7HH » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:49 pm

Thanks for the replies Nik and Nigel. Seems Honda is the way to go, and the EU10 was the model I borrowed for the last FD.

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