If you’re thinking about buying a portable generator, you’re probably looking for a way to power your appliances during power outages, run tools on construction sites, keep your food truck or coffee van going, or even support outdoor events or industrial machinery. Choosing the right one can be tough – you need to balance size, noise levels and of course, cost.
Today we’re comparing two models that might catch your interest – the Engel R3000IE and Hyundai HY3200SEi. Both are known for their reliability and efficiency, but they each come with their unique features and specifications. Our goal here is to highlight these differences so you can make an informed decision about which one suits your needs best.
Performance & Power
Running Power (W):
The Engel R3000IE offers 3500W of continuous running power while the Hyundai HY3200SEi provides 3200W. This means both generators can efficiently power appliances such as water heaters and industrial vacuums that require around 3000W to run.
Starting Power (W):
Both the Engel R3000IE and Hyundai HY3200SEi offer starting powers equal to their running powers – 3500W for the Engel model and 3200W for the Hyundai model. This peak wattage is essential for devices like motors that require an extra burst of power when starting up.
Both models have a similar engine size with the Engel R3000IE offering a 212cc engine compared to the slightly smaller 210cc engine in the Hyundai HY3200SEi. The main difference is that the Hyundai model includes Overhead Valve (OHV) technology. OHV engines are often more durable and efficient, leading to better fuel usage, longer lifespan, and improved power output compared to basic 4-stroke engines.
Rated Output (kVA):
Interestingly, even though the Hyundai HY3200SEi has a slightly lower running power, it offers a higher rated output, or apparent power, of 4 kVA compared to the 3.5 kVA offered by the Engel R3000IE. This might mean that the Hyundai model can deliver more current when needed – something that’s quite important if you’re using equipment that has a high power draw.
Both models feature inverter technology. With this feature, both generators can produce cleaner power which is essential for sensitive electronics like laptops. Inverter generators are usually quieter and more fuel-efficient as well.
Fuel & Run Time
Both models run on petrol, making it easy for you to find fuel almost anywhere.
Fuel Tank Capacity:
It’s also worth noting that there’s not much difference in fuel tank size – 8.3L in the Engel model versus 7.8L in the Hyundai variant.
Because of the slight variance in engine efficiencies and tank sizes, you’ll obtain different run times with these generators:
At 50% load, the Engel model will give you about 8.5 hours of operation before refuelling while Hyundai offers shorter runtime of around 6 hours. A longer run time like this makes it easier for extended use where refuelling could be limited.
In terms of weight, the lighter Hyundai model (35kg) will be easier to move around than the heavier Engel generator at 44.5kg.
The Engel is larger overall as it occupies about 59 x 47.8 x 51.1 cm compared to Hyundai’s smaller dimensions of roughly 40 x 40 x 56 cm which could matter when considering storage.
The Engel R3000IE includes wheels, making it easier to move around despite the heavier weight. It’s not specified whether wheels come with the HY3200SEi.
Outlets & Parallel Use
AC Outlets: Both generators have two AC outlets, allowing you to power multiple devices at the same time.
While both models have DC outlets, the Engel R3000IE gives an output of 12V and 8.3A while we don’t have specific data on the Hyundai model’s output.
The Engel R3000IE has parallel running capability which means you could connect two of these generators for a doubled power output. This information was not supplied for the Hyundai model.
Features & Usability
Both generators have some useful features:
- Oil alert: Engel R3000IE (Y)
- Fuel Gauge: Engel R3000IE (Y)
A unique feature in the Hyundai’s favour is its digital display, offering real-time performance data to the user.
Safety features are less clear as details weren’t provided for either unit apart from mention of the Hyundai having digital overload protection and low oil shutdown functions.
Noise levels are quite different between these models. For context, imagine a quiet refrigerator that generates about 55 decibels (dBA) of noise. The Hyundai operates between 54-59 dBA which is equivalent to normal conversation volume whereas the Engel generates 67dBA – more like the volume of a vacuum cleaner.
Engel R3000IE vs Hyundai HY3200SEi Comparison Table
|212 cc, 4-Stroke
|210 cc, OHV
|Max / Starting watts
|AC Frequency (Hz)
|Rated Output (kVA)
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|Run time (Hours)
|8.5 (at 50% load)
|6 hours at 50% load
|Dry Weight (Kg)
|Size (L x W x H)
|59 x 47.8 x 51.1 cm
|40 x 40 x 56 cm
|Number of AC Outlets
|12V – 8.3A
|Recoil & Electric start
|Noise Level (dBA)
In summary, while both generators offer superb performance and efficiency, there exist a few differences which could sway your preference. The Hyundai model stands out due to its quieter operation, lighter weight, and compact design despite its smaller fuel tank and less running time.
On the other hand, the Engel R3000IE offers longer runtime, larger fuel tank, and allows for parallel use increasing scalability. The choice between the two will mostly depend on what you value most.