1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine
1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine

About this item

LIGHTWEIGHT AND CONVENIENT: Generic gas generators are heavy, nosiy, bulky machines. Even worse, storage becomes a logistical nightmare, taking up significant space in your shed, basement, or garage. Our CarGenerator 1000 Watt Inverter Generator is only 11 pounds, so anyone can lift it. With a sleek modern design, making it convenient for storage in your trunk or under your seat ready to go.

RELIABLE FOR EMERGENCIES: In an emergency situation, you need fast, reliable power. With generic generators, you have to worry about low oil, old gas, spark plugs, and multiple other issues. Have peace of mind when you use CarGenerator's 1000 Watt Inverter Generators as power backup. All you need is a vehicle that starts and you have consistent power.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SUPERIOR: Gas generators are loud and lack an emissions filtration system. This means hours of harmful emissions and noise pollution released into the environment. Not to worry, our Pure- sine Wave Inverter Generator connects to your vehicle which has multiple emission controls. With electric cars and hybrid cars, the emissions will be even less or zero.

EASY TO USE: CarGenerator's 1000 Watt Inverter Generator is packed in a rubber backing waterproof case. Simply attach the strap to your car's grill, secure the Inverter in place, and connect the wires to your car jumpstart points. Now you have your own power station, perfect for car camping, road trips, and fun outdoor activities.

ABOUT CARGENERATOR: We are a passionate group of avid RVers who aim to solve real-world problems. Our customer-centric mission is rooted in being of service to others and providing convenient, reliable solutions to everyday people.

1000/2000 watt CarGenerator All Weather Pure Sine

Regular price $899.00
  • CHOOSE THIS OUR MOST POPULAR MODEL, WORKS GREAT WITH ALL VEHICLES. 
  • -Provides 1000 watts continuous, 2000 watts surge standard household AC power
  • -Our Flagship model, weekend special has everything you need to get started.
  • -Our “trade up” program lets you upgrade to a larger model anytime within two years, pay just the cost difference
  • -To estimate your alternator, take your rated "alternator amps" reduce by half for idle speed x 12 volts = watts you can expect
  • -Fast shipping to USA and Canada.  Designed and made in Canada.
  • -100% satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you don't like this product, you can return it within two months, 60 days for a full refund.
  • $180 Weekend Special Automatically Added.

    • 3-year ext warranty ($45 value)
    • AC power meter ($35 value)
    • Furnace plug kit for home or cottage ($65 value)
    • Free shipping ($35 value)
    Questions? Call 1-800-750-4660

    "A great backup system especially in the event of a storm. I sold my gas generator after 15 years of maintenance and storage . No regrets. I must speak about the owner of the company as Johnathon answered all questions relating to furnace installation which turned out to be basic. Highly recommend this product as it will be to late when you are in the dark and cold."

    How much backup power do you need? CarGenerator has multiple models ranging from a 1000-watt continuous/2000-watt surge to a 3000-watt continuous/6000-watt surge unit. The most popular model is the 1000-watt Allweather Inverter Generator model, because 1000-watts is in the range that most vehicles can produce and is enough to power the essentials of your home during a power outage. What are the effects on your car? The best part about CarGenerator's 1000-watt Inverter Generator is that it utilizes the power your car is already engineered to produce, without harm to your vehicle. Modern vehicles are designed to easily run for extended periods of time including idle time and millions do so every day.
    CarGenerator has no additional effect on the operation of your car. While in use, your vehicle runs normally, allowing the alternator to charge continuously. Is it environmentally friendly to run your car? In the case of an emergency power outage the option of running a car engine with today’s technology and emissions controls, like catalytic converters, as opposed to an unregulated generator, will always be environmentally superior than traditional Gas Generators. On top of the poor fuel efficiency, is the noise level of generators. Many campgrounds have scheduled run times, noise restrictions, and in some cases banned.
    Hassle Free
    Lightweight & Convenient
    Longer Runtime
    Environmentally Superior

    Up to 80 hours. Power up your
    devices anywhere

    Add CarGenerator™ to your vehicle, and you have the world’s most reliable, longest running, ultralight, no maintenance backup power solution. You get 50-70 hours of runtime from your car gas tank, versus refilling a small gas generator tank every 4-6 hours.

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    ULTRA Portable

    Starting at just 9 pounds, this tiny device hooks up in a minute, and powers your home for days. Planning to go off-grid? Bring this with you to charge small devices like laptops, phones, small appliances and more!

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    EXTREME Durability

    CarGenerator is equiped with a custom engineered rainproof ice/snow/weatherproof and highly ventilated housing. No maintenance ever, zero hassle and no messy dangerous gas cans to wrangle.

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    Airstream Edition
    • Capacity:576Wh
    • Life Cycles: 500+ Cycle
    • Output: 600W (Surge 1200W)
    • AC Input: 500W Max
    • Solar Input: 200W

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    1500/3000 watt CarGenerator
    • Capacity:576Wh
    • Life Cycles: 500+ Cycle
    • Output: 600W (Surge 1200W)
    • AC Input: 500W Max
    • Solar Input: 200W

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    Home Integration Kit
    • Capacity:576Wh
    • Life Cycles: 500+ Cycle
    • Output: 600W (Surge 1200W)
    • AC Input: 500W Max
    • Solar Input: 200W

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Do I need to leave my car engine running?
      Unless you own a wind farm or a giant solar array, when the power goes out, there are only two ways of generating backup power; 1) Producing power from backup batteries, which will only last a few hours at best, or 2) producing power from an internal combustion engine. Like a traditional gas generator, with CarGenerator, a gas motor provides the power, turning fuel into electricity. Where CarGenerator is different is that it has a much larger gas tank, so 50-70 hours of runtime is possible instead of 5-8, and it’s only 16 pounds, because you are using your car’s engine instead of one that’s permanently coupled to a generator. Thanks to the superior emissions control systems of modern vehicle, CarGenerator is actually more environmentally-friendly as well.
    2. Will I run out of gas?
      A typical vehicle can provide power for 50+ hours up to 80+ hours on a tank. Compare this to a typical portable gas generator that needs attention every 4-5 hours because of its tiny little gas tank. Prove this to yourself, get an OBD vehicle scanner connect it to your vehicle and watch the “fuel rate” number and you will see with your own vehicle how minimal fuel is consumed at idle.
    3. Will it drain my battery?
      Nope. Not even one tiny bit… Once your motor is running, your battery isn’t even necessary in the equation (true fact, ask your mechanic). Power for the car’s electrical system (or your house or RV) actually comes from the alternator. Batteries are there just to start the car and get the motor running, so your battery won’t even notice CarGenerator being attached.
    4. ISN’T IT BAD TO IDLE A CAR FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME?
      Nope, not unless you were planning on hooking up CarGenerator to a ’59 Studebaker. Modern cars are designed to handle all kinds of operating conditions, and at idle, the car’s computer makes sure its engine is adequately cooled and lubricated. Police vehicles and ambulances are typically idled all the time, and usually enter their second service lives at 100,000+ miles. If you need CarGenerator more than a handful of times per year, you’d likely be better off with a natural-gas-powered, hard-wired permanent generator at a cost of $11,000+ dollars. For everyone else, rest assured that your car is operating well within its design limits.
    5. WILL SOMEONE STEAL MY CAR?
      Nope. Not a chance…. Once you start your engine, just lock your doors with a spare key (see our instruction manual), and depending on your location you can put a steering wheel lock on for additional protection (about $12 at Wal-Mart) which makes it almost impossible to steal the vehicle. If you’re still worried, or you live in a neighborhood with a lot of chalk outlines on the sidewalk, CarGenerator can supply you with a wheel boot, to make theft impossible without a trailer or an angle grinder. If a thief brings a trailer to steal your car, it won’t matter if the key is in it or not. If they bring an angle grinder, you will definitely hear them, and should probably call the police. In any event you would know immediately because your power would go out! Six years in market with thousands of customers coast to coast, not one theft or problem.
    6. Why not just buy a regular gas generator?

      Three words: Reliable. Ultralight. Run-time.

      RELIABLE – the #1 problem with traditional generators? F.T.S. – fail to start. When you need it most they don’t start up because of old gas or no maintenance. If your car starts, you have power.

      ULTRALIGHT – CarGenerator is just 16 pounds, versus typical generators that are 60 – 160 pound beasts.

      RUN-TIME – CarGenerator has a run-time of 50-80+ hours, where typical generators need to be refilled every 4-5 hours.

    7. What about the environment?
      Its actually more environmentally friendly because typical vehicles already have thousands of dollars worth of emissions controls systems in place; computers, oxygen sensors, and catalytic converters. In some cities, a ULEV (like a Toyota Prius) actually puts out less pollution than there is in the ambient air! Gross, right? A standard generator is basically a glorified lawn mower, with no emissions equipment at all!
    8. Why not just get a cheap inverter then?
      Totally an option. If you want to jerry-rig an inverter in a waterproof container, you certainly could, but if you want to plug in any sensitive electronics (like your furnace, laptop, or medical device) you’ll need pure-sine wave power to avoid damage and ensure good performance. A 1000 watt, pure sine wave inverter can be purchased from Walmart for about $400. Then you need a set of heat-proof booster cables for prolonged use under the hood (about $100), and finally, you need a weather-proof housing that also allows for ventilation. If you’re an industrious, DIY-er who loves saving money above all else, you could definitely build your own CarGenerator; you’ll save about $150, providing your time isn’t worth anything. For the rest of us, who value our time and want an easy, proven solution, CarGenerator is simply the best possible option for worry-free, temporary power.
    9. Is up to 1000 watts enough?

      1000 watts is not a lot, however consider the following:

      - To run your your gas or oil furnace and heat your entire house, only requires between 200-300 watts on average.

      - To run a fridge only requires 200-300 watts typically

      - The number one identified problem with gas generator is….? F.T.S. = Fail to start. CarGenerator is always ready.

      - Keeping a good supply of gas cans stored, and keeping them all fresh every few months, is a nuisance and a fire safety hazard.

      - If you need lots of backup power for all your house appliances and big draw items like a hot tub, wine cellar, Air Conditioning, or if you often need backup power, then you’re better off with a traditional gas generator.

      - If your need for backup power is occasional and modest, then a CarGenerator is a better choice.

    Specs

    Net Weight *11 lbs (5kg) Dimensions *5 x 11 x 20 inches (13.97 x 29.21 x 52.07 cm)
    Storage Temperature -22-104°F +/- 5°F (-30-40°C +/- 3°C) Operating Temperature -4-104°F +/- 5°F (-20-40°C +/- 3°C)
    Color Black Warranty 24 months , extendible to 36 and 60 month term
    Power Output type Pure Sine wave clean AC power < 3% total harmonic distortion Power conversion efficiency 90% conversion efficiency nominal
    AC Power Output Capacity 1000 watts running, 2000 surge startup Environmental Specs Fully Rainproof, Weatherproof, full use capable in winter snow and ice conditions
    DC Input power 12 volts nominal, operating range 13.3-14.8 volts, 74 amperes at 13.5v DC. Management and Overload Protection Systems Overload Protection, Over Temperature Protection, AC output Short Circuit Protection, Low Voltage Protection, High Voltage Protection
    Display Monitors Waterproof DC front mounted voltmeter shows vehicle 12v status. LCD diagnostic status display screen Power Output 120Vac 60Hz , 8.33 amps (1000 watts / 120 volts)
    USB-A Output 5V DC,2.4A,12W Max, per port

    Reviews

    Based on 105 reviews
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    Paul Bass
    Good product

    Well built quality product but if I had to do it over again I would have purchased The 1500/3000W so it could run my 1/3 hp sump pump rated at 9.8 amp. I was under the impression that the 1000/2000W Could handle such a load because the sump pump only runs for about eight seconds with just over 900W At start up for a split second and 800W for the remainder of the eight seconds. I even tried hooking the car generator directly to a deep cycle 12 V 105 amp hour battery that is fully charged at 13 V and the car generator will not run my sump pump. The sump pump and battery are one year old and the sump pit is crystal clear clean. My plug-in amp meter shows that the pump is using 10A.

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    Frans Van Diest
    Great light car generator

    Yes it really works, I tried it before we went to Mexico. We feel safe now!!
    We had to buy an adapter 50 to 10 AMP for our 5Th wheel but now the connection is easy.
    Thank you Jonathan for your great support

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    Kim Lasko
    Home Run

    The product meets all my expectations. Bonus was the great technical support for getting it to work with my furnaces setup. I live in a condo which does not permit gasoline generators (nor probably any other than battery). However, this works and meets the associations concerns.

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    Marc YESTON

    Love it. Works as described.

    Great customer service!

    Bought my unit a year ago to use with my Airstream travel trailer and had not had a need to use it until now. I went to a 4 day music festival with only dry camping options and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out the Cargenerator. Set it all up and something was wrong. Not having familiarized myself with the operation as well as I should have before leaving home I was a loss as to why I wasn't getting any charge back in to my battery bank.
    Since I was in the hills of southern Tennessee the internet connection was not great and I couldn't research possible fixes to my problem. So, I was able to put in a call to the company as a long shot to hopefully get some help. It was incredible to me that the owner of the company answered the call and was able and wiling to help me diagnose the problem. Customer service, for the products we buy on the internet, is so often lacking or not existent but this has been a wonderful experience that I could have never imagined. Jonathan helped me figure out that my problem was not the Cargenerator, which worked flawlessly, but instead was actually my Smartplug 50 amp to 20 amp adapter. After he diagnosed the issue and helped me find a work around, he contacted Smartplug and got me in contact with the right person at the company to get a new adapter that will work for my application.
    Wow! Thank you Jonathan. Great product and top notch customer care.

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    Jerimain Willis

    So good so far

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    costel duval
    Works great

    It can power my house with the jeep wrangler hybrid,got to gently close the hood for the jeep to let you use the hybrid mode and disconnect the door wire for the jeep to run more than 30 minutes.the 1500 watts car generator run my vitamix blender and a 100w fridge at the same time.plus lights

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    Larry Lynn
    The mark of Charecter

    The mark of Character
    Good Character in business and life is everything. Jonathan’s quick response and gracious attention to a customer speaks volumes for the character of him and this business. Oh, by the way the product is wonderful. Works as described.

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    Jon Sheldon
    Simple, effective & it is what it says it is.

    Such a simple elegant solution to back-up power - you’ll be using it in minutes.

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    Anonymous
    Undecided

    I set up the unit for a test run with our RV. Instructions were good/helpful, but I am unsure that it will provide enough wattage to keep my bay of house batteries charged when dry camping/boondocking.

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    David Clermont
    Dry Use Car Generator

    I purchased this to use on my 2019 Chev truck for camping. I easily connected to the battery, started the truck and then pulled a controlled 900Watts easily out of the inverter and used this power to charge an EcoFlow power station. It will do 1000Watts but wanted to keep it just under the max. This works perfectly for my camping and remote needs and the Dry use is well built into the accompanying case including very well built cables. I look forward to further using this in the coming weeks camping and all summer and year. Dave C. Thank you.

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    CarGenerator
    Tony Infante
    Update to review dated 4/21/23

    After I submitted my first review I was contacted by Car Generator to let me know the furnace plug was on its way. Received it today. Thanks for the great customer service.

    Back-Up for Motorhome

    Nice product

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    CarGenerator
    Peter Brubaker
    Well made

    I haven’t had a chance to try it, but it looks well made and the instructions are very straight forward. Delivery was fast and it was well packaged.

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    MC Sullenberger
    Very Satisfied after coming with delay

    Very well constructed device, and tested out well. Should fit the bill for temporary backup power. Order was delayed 7 days, since it was out of stock.

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    MARIA KRABBE

    We have just unpacked it, have not needed to use it.

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    CarGenerator
    William Baio
    inital impression

    Unit arrived today. Looked like a brand new unit. Did a preliminary test and used the supplied watt meter. Tried a 5 hp shop vac. The unit powered the vac. Did not leave it plugged in for more than 15 seconds as the power draw was over 1 kw. Voltage drop went down to 13.1 V DC under this load. Static voltage with no load was 13.8 - 13.7 V DC. Plugged in a fluorescent trouble light with two separately switched bulbs. Under this load, the drop in the DC side was 13.7 V DC. Power consumption from 1 to two bulbs went from 9 to 25 watts. Vehicle is a 2020 Chevy Silverado 3 liter Diesel.

    For it's intended purpose I'd say it's a pretty snazzy unit. I would suggest a glorified cup or eye hook to hold the S hook on the end of the strap instead of that thin screw. The S hook is not as secure as I would like it to be. I believe this is important because the strap is for all intents and purposes the lid that holds the jumper cables in place when they are stowed.

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    Lynn Hupp
    Great Product!

    What a nice change from a smelly, heavy, expensive gas generator! As a fulltime RVer, this is a great product to keep my RV battery charged when boondocking...or during extended power outages, which is why I purchased it.

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    William McKee
    Backup for Rv

    While researching generators as backup for my travel trailer a found the Cargenerator. No need to carry gas cans, monthly exercise and very lightweight. I purchased the 1500/3000w unit to be able to run microwave, toaster and coffeemaker while boonbocking. Tried the unit when it first arrived and it preformed beyond my expectations. Very easy to install and setup. I can also use the Cargenerator as a backup to my house during power failures.

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    James Otis
    This Thing is Awesome!

    I had some difficulty at first because the inverter on my RV had a wrong setting. I called CarGenerator Support. They were very friendly and helpful. They helped me diagnose the problem and told me how fix it. Since then, the CarGenerator has performed perfectly at charging my two 100ah lithium batteries and since my car is almost silent when idling, I don’t bother or upset anyone while charging!

    I’m very glad I bought this generator.

    New 1500W Airstream Edition

    Works as advertised. Great addition to my boondocking arsenal of 550W solar, 300AH Lithium Batteries, 3000W Victron Inverter,
    Champion 2000W generator, etc. Tested it out yesterday and will charge my batteries and powers my inverter which in turn powers my hole 25’ AS Globetrotter. Only will plan to use it if it rains/cloudy for several days and my solar is running behind in keeping my batteries charged. I highly recommend a CarGenerator and Jonathan was very helpful.

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    Kevin Woisard
    Ideal solution for Generator bans

    I decided to look into CarGenerator since our need was to recharge my lithium batteries and occasionally run a microwave when boon docking. Our generator worked well but was loud, weighed 100 lbs, and took a lot space in the truck bed. We purchased the 1000/1500 watt model which turned out to be slightly underpowered for our Progressive Dynamics Converter. Fortunately, our Chevy 2500HD’s alternator could support 1550/3000 watt model which worked perfectly. Jonathan, the owner of CarGenerator, was extremely helpful in answering my questions. He called to confirm the installation went well and identified that I needed to activate fast idle on the truck to increase to alternator output. Unbelievable service for a great product.

    Great Service

    Jonathan was great getting my special ordered 1500W Airstream Special Edition CarGenerator unit shipped to me on time for my trip. It is a new model they will be introducing soon as their current AS model is only offered in 1000W series.

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    Steve Kuns
    QUALITY

    I received the CarGenerator in good time and as I opened the shipping box I was immediately impressed with the quality of this product. I am hoping for many years of peace of mind and electrical service for my cabin in the woods.

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    Robert Nolte

    New CarGenerator 1000W