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bikendan

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Posted: 07/08/10 02:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

check out the new Lifan gennies at HD:

Lifan generators at Home Depot

they look to be made similar to the Ramsond.


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Posted: 07/08/10 07:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi shaferz,

Yes, but it is "out of stock".


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Posted: 07/07/10 09:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Magna is still running great, stickers are starting to peel up on all edges (the ones that say INVERTER GENERATOR on each side). It doesn't use any oil so far. I did have one time where it failed to start and run my A/C, but I'm not sure if it was a plug issue, and A/C issue, or what.

The RV was sitting in an open space (no shade) and it was quite hot and humid that day (about 85 to 90*F). The A/C would kick on, and the generator would stall (engine would quit) immediately when in ECO mode. RV house batteries (two group 24s) were not fully charged at the time, but were probably 80% or so. The sun was beating down on the RV and the A/C unit on the roof. It would start and run the A/C if I turned the ECO mode off. Hadn't had this issue before.

Since my generator has the 30A twistlock, I'm wondering if the plug was inserted, but not twisted all the way so all 4 contacts were engaged (thought about that after). I tried it again at home, and it started it fine in ECO mode, and with ECO mode off.

My theory is that the A/C unit itself was hot (sitting in the sun) as was the RV interior, and that may have made the A/C harder to start, and the gen may have been putting a lot of juice into charging the batteries, and /or the plug may or may not have been inserted properly causing it not to have full contact.

I haven't been able to replicate the problem.

To the person who asked where I got it for $599, it was on ebay. The seller only had 6 of them, and seems to sell mostly Chinese made hand and power tools. Seemed to me he may have got a sea can that had a few in it by accident, I don't know. His ad/auction picture actually showed the unit to have the 30A RV plug, so we had a little chatr over email when the unit arrived, and I ended up getting a refund of $60 to go buy an adapter to make it work, and a new battery as the one that was shipped with it was no good.

Note my unit is electric start (which works great BTW) but it does not have the remote, so I can't comment on that. Mine uses a key you twist just like a car.
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Posted: 07/07/10 09:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did some checking on ebay. Best deal on these right now is $899 USD with free shipping to lower 48 States. Shipping is $199 USD to Canada.

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Posted: 07/08/10 05:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Magna may come out on top of all the Chinese brands. ES/RC, 5 star ratings from owners and EPA cert. Low noise. And at the present price, delivered ,wow.

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Anybody see this one... ?


Ramsond 3500


2900 rated, 3100 peak. Quite DB rating, sold for $739 INCLUDING shipping AND electric start!!!!!


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bmcgowan wrote:

Thanks for the great review. May I ask where you got the 3600 for $599. I am seeing them more around $899.

Yes, an update would be great if possible. I'd also like to know if you have had a chance to use it much more and in particular if the remote electric start looks to be robust enough for regular use? (I'm considering the magna 2700i)

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Posted: 04/18/10 12:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Found ones on ebay...they are called RAMSOND. Same as my Magna.

RAMSOND Website

* This post was edited 04/18/10 12:45pm by ib516 *

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Posted: 04/19/10 05:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RAMSOND claim to be the original and warn about copies (especially on ebay), but I have looked at their website, and they look like the same product to me. I'm sure they are built on the same assembly line.

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Thanks for the great review. May I ask where you got the 3600 for $599. I am seeing them more around $899.

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