More Generator Buying Guide

What’s the hottest (pun intended) selling item in the midst of load shedding and heat? A generator, off course. And how much does an average sherfu know about generators? Not much. So one of our readers, Abbas Malik, sent us his review of best generators available in market. This is knowledge sharing at its best. Very informative read. Thanks Abbas.

I did a lot of searching online before buying a generator, couldn’t find anything much so had to do a lengthy survey in 48 degrees. Just to save someone some hassle, here’s some info. Chinese 1 number mai Kipor is the best. They are diesel. I’ve used Honda petrol gen sets as well magar that’s usally for smaller capacity. After looking at pretty much every single brand in the every price range, Kipor is the best value for money. Their 5 KVA diesel is excellent value for money, available at around 55 to 60 thousand. I think it’s called the 6700. Funny thing is that PEL imported these exact same sets from China, painted them a cheap red, slapped a PEL logo on it and are selling it for 85 thousand. With 5 KVA you can run most lights in your house, frigde, freezers, TV’s and one 1 ton window or 1.5 ton split AC. The best part is not needing endless wires, just hook it up to the mains. A slightly bigger and more expensive generator is Kipor 19STA. It’s 19 KVA which means around 14,000 to 17,000 watts of electrcity. I bought this one for 225,000. It runs all electrical equipement in the house, fridges, TV’s, irons and upto 5 1.5 ton split ACs easily. If you have the budget, go for this. Fuel consumption is around 3.5 liters per hour or 100 Rs. approx which is still cheaper than electricty. :) Take care. Hopes this helps someone. p.s if someone’s going for Honda, don’t ever ever go to a non-authorised dealer. You’ll end up with a fake 100% for sure. I’ve seen people printing and slapping Honda stickers on gen sets and you could’nt tell the fake from the real. Google Honda generators pakistan. Go to their website and look up a dealer. Buy from them only.

16 Comments so far

  1. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    I have few questions, what are the law restrictions for installing high power generators? and is there any price down after Duty removal?

  2. Huzefa (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

    How are the gas generators? I have heard they are also cheaper than electricity.

    I was just wondering, if these generators are so much cheaper to run than electricity, why doesnt everyone just run their home on a generator?

  3. BitterTruth (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

    Government says it gives Rs. 1 billion subsidy every month to KESC. Perhaps the owners have already got the amount they invested. If government give such amount to residents they can generate their own power :)
    The review of generator missed smaller capacity generator without A/C requirement. Please post if you also have some info regarding their price and quality

  4. Imran (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

    Gas generators are as good as the gas supply. if for some reason the supply from the mains lowers down, then the generator will shut or start tripping, causing more problems to the user. for around 3lac you can get a gas generator which will run your entire house with a/c fridges etc, and its running is cheaper that petrol.
    if you want to run just a few lights and fans, then you can invest in UPS as well which come around to 10K.

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

    our office has a loncin generator, its chineese, runs on petrol and has a 4kva output. It also takes about 3 liters to run per hour and gives excellent output. i think it was around 40k.. but that was over 8 months back.

  6. Sufi (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

    S, American public don’t give a jack about Pakistan to be really honest.

    I know a little bit about generators and I have never heard of this Chinese brand. As far as it being a best value for money, I’d rather buy a used Japanese/German/English Generator than buy a brand new Chinese one. I have a FG Wilson at home which runs smoothly. Average daily diesel cost is between 450-520 Rs. for 6-8 hrs of power breakdown. Still a lot cheaper than KESC.

    Government has no say at all in installation of power generators for non-commercial purposes. You need a license or a permit if you want to keep the generator on the side of a road (like banks do).

    I’d never trust a Chinese brand for an expensive sophisticated electronic machine.

  7. axiomatic (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 8:54 pm

    I read an advertisement in paper from SNGC against use of residential gas supply for pwer generation. I think gas generators might be illegal.
    But the review is very good, unless the writer is working for Kipor.

  8. Sufi (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

    Gas generators don’t make a lot of sense for small units. If you use gas generators for larger units like the MCB Towers, then it makes a lot of sense.

  9. Down with KESC (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 9:42 pm
  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

    @Sufi elaborate why gas genset don’t make sense for residential users?

  11. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 12:12 am

    Here is the link to KIPOR website.

    any idea which is the one mentioned above with 5KVA output for around 50K

  12. Salauddeen (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 6:40 am

    Does the Diesel generator work with vegetable oil?

  13. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    vegetable oil costs more then petrol…

  14. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 3:42 pm

    maybe you meant used vegetable oil.. but still its hard to find it in sufficient quantity here

  15. Ameen Qureshi (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 10:14 am

    I would say that if you were looking for a good diesel generator, the best company would be cummins generation. Very durable and low fuel consumption. You will have to invest a little money in it because it is imported, an english make, but i have one at home, rated 45 kva, and it has given exellent performence against 9- 10 hours of load shedding! Dont try to run it on vegtable oil……

  16. Khawar (unregistered) on June 29th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    I want to get information about domestic natural gas generators with very low cost and high proficency…..

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