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What Can a 2000 Watt Inverter Generator Run?

What Can a 2000 Watt Inverter Generator Run?

13th May 2021

The 2000 watt inverter generator has developed a reputation as a workhorse thanks to its compact size, convenient outlets and ample power. The popularity of these affordable inverter generators is growing as models become quieter, lighter and more efficient than their counterparts. While 2000 watts may not seem like much energy, especially compared with larger generator models, its capabilities are impressive, particularly for camping, caravanning, and home applications. We have created this article to provide answers to our most frequently asked questions on 2000 Watt inverter generators. Read on to find out how to match power supply with appliances, the standard applications of a 2000 watt generator and the pros and cons of various popular models.

Starting And Running Watts

Understanding the 2000 watt inverter generator wattage is an essential first step. 

The 2000 watt rating of a generator will refer to starting or running watts. This difference is significant to note - the starting watts refers to the brief surge of wattage needed to start a device, while the running watts refers to the wattage needed to run the device at a continuous momentum. 

Interestingly, generators often have the starting watts listed on the product description simply because it's the higher of the two - so it is essential to locate the actual specs to confirm the running watt capability. Both starting and running watts require consideration to avoid unwanted circuit breaks. 

Working out the two wattage values is quite simple; first, add the running watts of all the devices you wish to power, then add the largest starting watts of the selected devices. Added up, these are the maximum starting watts that must come under your generator's starting watts specs. 

Some important considerations to make note of as you are doing this calculation; depending on your situation you may need to account for multiple people using the same circuit and possibly starting two devices at once and good to note that some devices may have surges like starting watts, while they are in operation – commonly seen for devices with multiple power modes and will usually be mentioned in their user manuals.

What Can a 2000 Watt / 2kVa Inverter Generator Run?

Determining the capability of your generator is entirely dependent on size. 

Most 2000 watt inverter generators can power a range of devices from hot plates, water pumps, deep freezers, light bulbs and electric stoves to small power tools - items common to camping, caravanning, and around the home. Generally, 2000 watts is enough to power a 500-watt deep freezer and one element of the electric stove, or a freezer, together with a 650-watt microwave (using 1000 watts) and a few lights - these home, camping and caravanning applications are outlined further below.

Home Appliances

A 2000 watt generator can provide a power supply for a range of applications around your home, in addition to providing emergency power during an outage. As such, inverters of this size are commonly used as home generators.

While these generators are popular due to their long run time, affordable price and simple maintenance, the most important initial considerations are those associated with power capabilities. 

The below table outlines common items around the house a 2000 Watt inverter generator can power:

ItemEstimated Watts
Microwave (1000 watts)1000-2000
Coffee Maker600-1200
Fridge500-750 (must check starting watts, as they can be 3 times this)
Chest Freezer600
Laptop Computer20-75
TV (e.g. 50” LED)240

Camping Trips

The 2000 watt generator is a great size for camping applications; commonly used for charging car batteries, as a backup to solar power and as a reliable source of power to run appliances directly from, like kettles, washing machines, air-conditioners, blow dryers and microwaves. It’s important to note extra attention to wattage usage if you are considering running several appliances simultaneously.

Generally, a 2000-watt generator is sufficient to run most of the standard camping appliances one at a time; however, it pays to be sure before you invest. 

For several camping appliances, the starting output requirement can be up to three times (or more) greater than the continuous running power, so thorough research of the product manual or data plate is recommended.

We have also created a table as a reference point below:

ItemEstimated Watts
Electric Skillet1000-1500
Hair Dryer1000-1875
Washing Machine500-1000
Phone Charger10

In Your RV or Caravan

The 2000 watt generator is also a popular choice for RV and caravanning as it comfortably provides power to a range of standard appliances commonly used. 

RVs are often equipped with larger appliances, including air conditioners and freezers; on average, a refrigerator will consume 650 watts of power and a surge power level of 1000 watts when you first plug it in. 

Consideration should be given to the total wattage of all these items plugged in simultaneously - except when working with lower wattage items such as laptops, lights, or phone chargers as their drain on the generator is extremely low. 

The table below helps to unpack some of these combinations:

ItemEstimated Watts
Small RV AC900-1700
Phone Charger10
Laptop Computer20-75

What 2000 Watt Inverter Generator Should You Buy?

A 2000 watt generator is a very portable and economical generator that will keep the essentials running. Generally, they are known for being efficient on fuel, easy to transport, and affordable in the initial outlay, making them a popular choice in many leisure pastimes. 

Now let's look at some of the highest-rated 2000 watt generators on the market today.

Honda 2.2KVA Inverter Generator - EU22i

Fuel Tank Capacity: 3.6 L

Approx. operating hours: 3.3 hours

Benefits: Delivers commercial-quality electricity, perfect for powering frequency sensitive equipment like dryers, toasters, mobile phones and laptops.

Blue Diamond Inverter Generator - Petrol 2.4KVA

Fuel Tank Capacity: 5L

Approx. operating hours: 6 - 20 hours

Benefits: Design features include a robust, lightweight frame, extremely low noise output and very low fuel consumption - making this a reliable model.

Inverter Generator - Genesys- 2.4 KVA & Box Combo

Fuel Tank Capacity: 5L

Approx. operating hours: 6 - 20 hours

Benefits: Design features include a robust, lightweight frame, extremely low noise output and very low fuel consumption - together with a USB port for charging a mobile directly.


It's essential to spend time considering all the factors that may contribute to the efficient working life of any generator you may be considering purchasing. 

The key factors that are essential to consider when researching the 2000 watt generator are as follows; power output, capacity and formula to ensure you get the best value possible out of your generator. 

If you are unsure which generator is best, or there is any information you would like to discuss further with our expert team, please contact Blue Diamond on 1300 998 647.