Inverter generators are amazing tools. They are perfect for providing backup power at home during outages, running multiple tools at a construction site or powering a food truck. Selecting the right generator can be challenging due to factors such as size, noise level and price. Today, we’re comparing two models – the Hyundai HY3200SEi and the Yamaha EF3000iSE – to help you make an informed choice.
Performance & Power
Running Power (W): The Hyundai HY3200SEi offers 3200 watts of continuous power, whereas the Yamaha EF3000iSE supplies slightly less at 3000 watts. This slight difference in power is not significant and both generators can comfortably power a water heater or industrial vacuum which require 3000 watts.
Starting Power (W): While both generators provide adequate continuous power, there’s a notable difference in starting power. The Yamaha model provides a more substantial burst of 4000 watts when starting up large machinery or devices in contrast to Hyundai’s consistent 3200 watts.
Engine type: Both units have OHV engines with the Hyundai model having a larger capacity at 210 cc compared to Yamaha’s 171 cc. The larger engine may translate into slightly better fuel efficiency for the Hyundai generator.
Rated Output (kVA): The apparent power output of these generators also varies with the Hyundai offering a higher kVA rating of 4 against Yamaha’s 2.8 outputs. You may find this useful for running equipment that pulls more current than their wattage might suggest.
Inverter: Both units come with inverter technology, producing cleaner and safer power ideal for sensitive electronics like laptops while being fuel-efficient and quieter.
Fuel & Run Time
Fuel Type: Both models run off petrol fuel.
Fuel Tank Capacity: The Yamaha EF3000iSE has a substantially larger fuel tank capacity at 13 litres, compared to the Hyundai’s 7.8 litres. This essentially means that the Yamaha generator will run for longer periods before needing a refuel.
Run Time: This difference in tank size impacts the run time with the Yamaha EF3000iSE having a significantly longer run time of 20.5 hours at 1/4 load compared to the Hyundai’s 6 hours at 50% load.
Dry Weight: At first glance, the Hyundai model weighing in at 35 kg appears much lighter than the Yamaha model at 67 kg which indicates better portability though this could be due to compromises in other features like fuel tank size or power output.
Size: Both models are similar in size but the Yamaha is longer and narrower compared to the slightly squarer Hyundai model.
Wheels: Wheels make transportation easier, and while it has not been specified if the Hyundai model has them, we know that the Yamaha model comes with wheels.
Outlets & Parallel Use
AC Outlets: Both generators are fitted with two AC outlets that allow you to power multiple tools or appliances simultaneously.
DC Outlets: Each model offers one 12V DC output. Unfortunately, specific amp details for the Hyundai product are not available, unlike its rival Yamaha which provides a certain 8A rating.
Parallel Use: Information on whether Hyundai HY3200SEi allows parallel use hasn’t been specified and unfortunately, for bigger tasks requiring more power Yamaha doesn’t offer this feature.
Features & Usability
Features: The usability of these generators is enhanced by various features including Starter System, Fuel gauge (only Yamaha), Oil alert systems (only Yamaha), Brushless Alternator (only Yamaha), Indicators ( only Hyundai model features digital display), Safety Features like digital overload protection on the Hyundai model and Spark arrestor for Yamaha unit.
Noise Level: Noise can be subjective but generally, lower is better. The Yamaha EF3000iSE operates at a comfortable 51 dBA while the Hyundai HY3200SEi comes in slightly louder at 54-59 dBA.
Hyundai HY3200SEi vs Yamaha EF3000iSE Comparison Table
|210 cc, OHV
|171 cc, OHV, 4-stroke
|Max / Starting watts
|12V / 8A
|AC Frequency (Hz)
|Rated Output (kVA)
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|Run time (Hours)
|6 hours at 50% load
|20.5 at 1/4 load
|Dry Weight (Kg)
|Size (L x W x H)
|40 x 40 x 56 cm
|68.0 x 44.5 x 55.5 cm
|Number of AC Outlets
|Noise Level (dBA)
To conclude, the choice between Hyundai HY3200SEi and Yamaha EF3000iSE will significantly depend on your personal priorities. If you need more power and prefer a digital display with overload protection, then the compact Hyundai model could fit well.
However, if longer run times, larger fuel capacities and more user-friendly features are important to you, then the Yamaha EF3000iSE may be your best bet.