Choosing a large portable generator can be a challenge. These powerhouses are handy to have in high-power situations, such as during power outages at home, running multiple tools on construction sites, supporting outdoor events or for running food trucks and coffee vans. But you must carefully consider size, noise levels and budget to get the right one.
Today’s contenders are the DeWalt DXIG3600E and the Adventure Kings 3500iO. Now let’s unpack their specifications and features to help you decide which one suits your needs best.
Performance & Power
Running Power (W): DeWalt DXIG3600E generates 3200W, whereas Adventure Kings 3500iO yields 3000W. This means that both generators can handle high-power appliances like a water heater or an industrial vacuum. However, DeWalt DXIG3600E provides slightly more continuous power.
Starting Power (W): DeWalt DXIG3600E hits a maximum of 3600W while Adventure Kings 3500iO tops at 3300W. When starting devices with substantial power requirements, DeWalt’s generator could give you an edge.
Engine type: Both models have OHV engines for improved power output and longer lifespan. Comparing sizes, Adventure Kings has a bigger engine at 208cc than DeWalt with a size of 121cc.
Rated Output (kVA): The Adventure Kings’ apparent power measures at 3kVA, whereas DeWalt doesn’t specify this value. Having a higher kVA rating implies that Adventure Kings can handle equipment with more current pull.
Inverter: Both generators benefit from inverter technology, offering cleaner electricity suitable even for sensitive electronics such as laptops. They’re both quiet and fuel-efficient.
Fuel & Run Time
Fuel Type: Both models use petrol.
Fuel Tank Capacity: DeWalt DXIG3600E has a 9-litre tank while Adventure Kings 3500iO comes ahead with a 12-litre tank. This means you’ll need to refill the latter less often.
Run Time: The DeWalt DXIG3600E can run for 8 hours at 1/4 load before needing a refill, while Adventure Kings offers 5.5 hours run time at full load. More efficient use of fuel gives DeWalt an advantage in this regard.
Dry Weight: DeWalt’s model weighs in at a hefty 43kg, compared to the lighter Adventure Kings model, which weighs just 30.5kg.
Size: The Adventure Kings generator, at 50 x 48 x 50cm, takes up more volume than the DeWalt model, which measures at a more compact 64 x 39 x 45cm.
Wheels: Only DeWalt DXIG3600E features wheels for easier movement.
Outlets & Parallel Use
AC Outlets: Both generators have two AC outlets each for devices requiring alternating current.
DC Outlets: Only DeWart DXIG3600E has DC outlets that include a 12V and two USB ports. Unfortunately, Adventure Kings doesn’t specify any DC outlets.
Parallel Use: While it isn’t specified whether DeWalt supports parallel use, we know that Adventure Kings unfortunately doesn’t support this feature.
Features & Usability
- Starter System: Dewalt boasts an Electric Key Start / Recoil system while Adventure Kings utilises manual recoil.
- Fuel gauge / Indicator: Both models possess indicators for more efficient monitoring of the generator’s performance.
- Safety features: Each model has safety features in place. DeWalt has an oil alert with low oil auto shut off and Adventure Kings offers overload protection.
Running at a quarter load, the DeWalt DXIG3600E operates at 63 decibels, similar to conversation volume level. For the Adventure Kings 3500iO, the noise levels are slightly higher – from 66 dB at idle to 74dB with a 2KW load, which is like normal city traffic noise.
DeWalt DXIG3600E vs Adventure Kings 3500iO Comparison Table
|Adventure Kings 3500iO
|208 cc, 4-stroke, OHV
|Max / Starting watts
|12V, Dual USB
|AC Frequency (Hz)
|Rated Output (kVA)
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|Run time (Hours)
|5.5 (100% Load)
|Dry Weight (Kg)
|Size (L x W x H)
|64 x 39 x 45 cm
|50 x 48 x 50 cm
|Number of AC Outlets
|2 x 240V/15A IP44
|12V, 2x USB
|Electric Key Start / Recoil
|Noise Level (dBA)
|66 (at idle), 74 (2KW load)
Both generators have strong selling points. The DeWalt DXIG3600E might be best for situations requiring long-term operation due to its longer run time and slightly higher power output. In contrast, the more compact, lightweight Adventure Kings 3500iO could be ideal for users seeking portable convenience and extra fuel storage capacity. Your final decision should factor what you value most – whether it’s power, size, fuel efficiency or additional features.