I am what some might say a professional festival goer. I never go as a day ticket (just going to the day) if the option is there I will stay for the duration of the festival, this can be anything from between 2-5 nights.
Frankly, I cannot get enough of them. I love the music, the vibe, the outdoors, the partying, pretty much everything about them except the inevitable mud, lack of electricity and looking and feeling generally grungy sometimes.
You could go all posh and pay for the VIP option. This usually consists of your abode (Tipi’s, tents, little wendy houses) already being pitched when you turn up. There is usually some form of electricity, showers and general amenities. I have done this and so have my friends but I will say in doing so, you lose some of the camaraderie and atmosphere of living in the cheaper areas, where everyone has this general vibe of mucking in with everyone.
I decided at my last festival, where I upgraded to VIP, I would never do VIP again for the very reason I stated above, the atmosphere. However, I do not like the lack of electricity.
As I go to festivals all the time, I know it will pay for itself and then some, so I decided to buy a generator, so at least my hair would look good and I could use some general, everyday appliances.
Once I decided what I needed it for and the power I would require. I decided to investigate.
There really are so many on the market, I thought it would be useful for you to list my Top 3 and why. Here goes:
So what should you choose?
- Lectron EC800i
Priced really competitively as just over £200 this is a powerful inverter generator. It is lightweight and weighs in at 8.5 kilograms and is small enugh to pack away to fit into most cars. This generator produces a maximum output of 1kVA. It has a 2.1 litre fuel tank, refill as and when needed and when you can enjoy continuous power for up to 4 hours. It has a low oil level warning, automatic tipping shutdown and full overload circuit protection. This generator is so quiet at 58 decibels, it you won’t disturb your neighbours, should you have any.
- The Lectron EC2000i
This generator is a more powerful version of the generator above and costs around £350 and delivers 2000 watts of power and when the tank is full it will give you 9 hours of continuous operation. This unit weighs 18.5 kilograms, lighter than a lot of its counterparts and is quiet coming in at 58 decibles. It has two 240V 15A outlets and a 12-volt DC battery charger.
- Yamaha EF2000iS
If you don’t mind spending a bit more cash (£400-ish) The Yamaha 2000W will become your best travel companion. This generator is actually the quietest generator in its class, producing only 52 decibels. It weighs 20kg, so like the others I have listed is perfect for camping, easy to pack into the car and lifting to/from the campsite etc.
As I am a heavy duty festival goer, I opted for the Yahama cause I read a review about it on House of Generators. It is more pricey than the others but it gives me everything I require for my purposes and all of us are different. I wanted something I could plug my kettle, hairdryer and maybe even toaster into (come on I may be camping but there really is no reason to slum it that much). Everyone is different. You might just want it to charge your phone battery or iPad, so your power needs may be different to mine but whatever you do research first, work out what you want and what your budget is before you buy.