6kW Ecogen Series Automatic Standby Generator
Good, but know what you are getting
I live off the grid in Vermont, and having a propane generator that would auto start was a priority for us. Finding one that was warranted for off-grid use was important; However, a few things surprised me when I got and installed the product.
1. the installation manual is less than clear about how to install and wire this unit. More detail and pictures would be a plus.
2. this unit requires 120v power to keep the on-board battery charged. this seem counterintuitive for a system designed for off-grid use when every electron is precious. the computer that runs the generator uses a lot of power, and will drain the battery in a few days. why not install a more efficient computer so I don't have to waste power in maintaining the battery?
3. if you want 240, you have to order a conversion kit. since I haven't ordered the kit yet, I don't know what it costs, but if it is only a few dollars, why not make it a standard part that is shipped with the unit? it looks to consist of a dual-pole 25-amp breaker, a piece of wire, and instructions.
4. the price i paid was the lowest I found anywhere, but the unit was still almost twice to cost of a unit not warranted for off-grid use. it might have made more sense for me to buy a less-expensive unit without the warranty and be prepared to buy another one later on. hindsight....
It is very quiet, and I have not had any issues with it starting, running or charging my batteries. We will see how the 240V upgrade goes.
I recommend this product, but know what you are getting before you buy.
March 9, 2013
A true life saver.
We have only had this unit one day, but I can not tell you how much worry has been lifted. My husband has to have breathing treatments every day, some times three times a day, and with the electric going out 2-3 times a year for 4-7 days at a time, we will not have to worry about his treatments. Also, because of his bad lungs we can not longer use our fireplace, this unit will keep our furnace going. Thanks.
February 27, 2013