As the summer sets in, and the anticipation of heat and rain confirms even worse load-shedding and power failures this year, many have already started to prepare for the summer in any way they can.

While the widely popular UPS system is almost failed with power failures as much as 6-8 hours daily, the prices of generators are rising by the day. I bought a 2KVA chinese generator for 10k less than 2 months ago, and the current price of the same generators have now gone upto 20k!

Many auto mechanics / electricians are now building their own version of these generators by using a small car engine (around 660cc) attached to a dynamo. Typically, they make around 5KVA and supposedly have much less fuel consumption rating and are also much quieter than a traditional generator. Such a generator costs around 35k. For comparison, a branded Honda 2KVA generator costs around 40k.

Do you think this is a worthwhile investment?

14 Comments so far

  1. mqpasta on April 19th, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

    Usually such local invention takes time to establish… because it all base on "hit and try" rule.

  2. Faisal.K (faisalk) on April 19th, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

    Farrukh, someone has given you an overpriced quote. I deal in imported gen sets and Chinese ones are falling rather than rising. They are easily available for 12 k or less for a 2 KW one.

  3. altafbest on April 19th, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

    buy the Honda if its only 5k difference. i bought a chinese 3kv or something for rs 16k last year. plus extra few for gas kit. well its given me quite some trouble. after a few weeks the started crapped out. then it stopped picking working on gas even after several attempts to fix it. and its started making a weird whirring noise. but works reasonably steady on petrol.

    but buyer beware. a friend of mine was about to buy a second hand honda. he took his electrician with him and it seems all the original parts were gutted for cheap chinese, paki ones. also a lot of dealers are like car salesman. they will not want to see you after you buy the item. and will try their best to skip out of the warranty.
    if you can get an original honda from a reliable dealer then nothing like it. better still would be denyu :)

  4. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 19th, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

    I am planning to buy a generator. A colleague of mine got 2.5KW generator @Rs.22,000.

    Somebody suggested me a "JESCO" generator. faisalK, what do you suggest?

  5. starkcontrast (stabani) on April 19th, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

    @Adnan: I have two Jasco sets. I wouldn’t completely recommend them. The first one (20kva model) started to fail after about 6 months and has major problems with water entering the body from god knows where. The second one (15kva) lasted only 3 days before it had it’s first breakdown. It’s basically a china generator with better graphics on them.

    I have a third set, 6kva China set (diesel) which is similar to the one available from Jasco. I quite like that that one to be honest.

    UPS is great for a short outage, but also for generally not turning the generator on until it’s absolutely necessary. It’s a moneysaver when you have a larger generator set but don’t actually have the demand of electricity inside the house.

  6. Faisal.K (faisalk) on April 20th, 2008 @ 3:11 am

    @ Adnan

    Buy either Li Fan or JD not Jesco.. or anything Honey or Yummy or whatever

    Li Fan is by far the best brand but it will cost you around 16k for a 2 KW model. Right now is a very good time to buy as the electricity is not going as much and there is a glut of supply in the market.

    I would not recommend anyone to buy more than a 10 KW Chinese Generator. Plus with a larger Generator more than 10 KW you must make sure the model is "Prime" there are three kinds of categories for all large generators by each company in the world "Prime" (can run at full load for more than 12 hrs in a stretch) "backup" (6-10hrs) and Standby (4-6hrs)

    When buying any 1-7 Kw chinese generator make sure to ask if it has copper wiring…it takes a hell of a lot more load than the normal cheapo almunium wiring motors.

    Hope this is of some help.

  7. starkcontrast (stabani) on April 20th, 2008 @ 5:48 am

    @Faisal.K: Excellent Advice. KMB should do a post with such advice for it’s viewers since most don’t really know what to look for when purchasing gensets.

  8. cheema on April 20th, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

    Faisal K.

    You mentioned that a good 2KW generator would cost around Rs. 16K. Do you know where might one find it?


  9. cheema on April 20th, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

    On a slightly different topic. Where do people of Karachi get their computer supplies from? I am going to be in Karachi in a couple of weeks and need a few things like: computer power supply, UPS, computer case and things of that nature.

    What is the best place to go to? And are there any computer shops in Karachi with a website with products and prices?


  10. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 20th, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

    @FaisalK, thanks for excellent advice. I suppose these units provides feature of Gas input as well.

    @Cheema: ummm.. Unicenter or Naz Plaza?

  11. Faisal.K (faisalk) on April 21st, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

    @ Cheema Unicentre would be your best bet

    @ Adnan & Cheema for the Generators
    Frere road near Karachi Chamber of Commerce is the best place to buy these generators. Go for the shops with non glass fronts :P

    and yes.. all gasoline generators can use a kit..cost around 1500rs for gas input. However please reduce the generator load while on gas to give u an effective calculation. For instance a 5 KW generator running on gasoline will be reduced to 3 KW while on Gas. Also for generators over 7 kW the gas kit needs to be accompanied by a gas line which guarantees the amount of PSI needed. An option is gas cylinders…easy to refill as well.

  12. Shamsi (shamsi) on April 21st, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

    how about refurbished silent box type japanese diesel gensets with auto start? Can u help Faisal.

  13. Faisal.K (faisalk) on April 21st, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

    @ Shamsi

    If you are talking bout canopy gen sets from japan reconditioned.. i would not buy them from someone in shershah. If you want to buy a reconditioned Genset then get a Nippon Sheryo one.. and get the engine checked by some generator walla u know. They usually stuff new canopies with really old open type engines and do a hackjob on them so be careful.

    Also remember when using auto start…it depends on voltage.. if the voltage will drop it will start as well as when the lights go off… this dual power burst can sometimes damage lights. Once my friend who owns a new caterpillar generator put it on autostart and this happened.. the dual voltage surge was so much it fried everything. So keep that in mine

  14. navedhaqqi on April 25th, 2008 @ 12:17 am


    We are getting ready to test a hydrogen hybrid generator in the US. Wondering if Pakistani market is up for it. Any suggestions?

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